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15 September 2017 - 17/17
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A tribute to the Buenos Ares Herald

Just one month since the disappearance of the Buenos Aires Herald, Perfil is launching what aspires to be its successor: the Buenos Aires Times. Column by Publisher Jorge Fontevecchia (pictured above).

A Letter from the Editor

Buenos Aires Times Editor James Grainger (pictured left above with TBD editor Thomas Manning) writes to readers to explain the reasons why a new outlet is being launched in an "unforgiving media market".

The Buenos Aires Herald is dead. Long live the Buenos Aires Times.  Shakespeare asked in the voice of Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”  So, what’s in a name? Unfortunately, the real Herald needs a new name because the media group that says it owns the name hopes to profit by selling what remains of the newspaper, which ceased publication a month ago. 

Michael Soltys - The pure agricultural model worked fine for the eight million Argentines of a century ago but now there are some 45 million to absorb – which is also why it is not so easy to transfer the experience of Australia (as urged by many) with 20 million....
Earthquake in Mexico leaves 58 dead
Oaxaca and Chiapas have borne the brunt of an 8.2 earthquake.  Officials believe the death toll will rise. Mexico was severely jolted on 8 September by its most powerful earthquake in a century, which killed at least 58 people as it struck the Pacific coast, officials said yesterday. 
President Enrique Peña Nieto described the 8.2-magnitude quake as “a major earthquake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years.” The NZ Embassy in Mexico is encouraging NZ travellers in Mexico (and subsequent to Hurricanes Irma & Jose, NZers in the Caribbean) to register their details with SafeTravel so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can update them on any further developments:
How the internet of things is making Latin American cities safer
By accessing and sharing information on the internet and by using digital technology and apps on a broader scale, citizens are closing the gap between personal and public safety.
What are the top risks to doing business in Latin America?
“Failure of national governance”, “unemployment” and “fiscal crises” – all prominently cited as risks by Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) business executives. 
As in previous years, the Global Risks Report 2017 uses data from the Executive Opinion Survey, which asks LAC executives about the risks of highest concern for doing business. The findings shed some light on the anxieties of business people throughout the region and how these differ from those of their counterparts in other parts of the world.

New Zealand General Election

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Downloading and printing voting papers - Asking for postal voting papers - Voting in person at an overseas post 
The 8 Most Popular Destinations in Chile

If you're planning a business trip to South America do not miss Chile's the highlights of its varied geography from the serene Atacama Desert in the north, through the lush central zone to the lakes and fjords of the far south, with a side trip to an isolated island in the Pacific.

AJ Hackett was invested as Officer of the NZ Order on Merit on 29 August for services to adventure tourism by Governor General HE Dame Patsy Reddy for pioneering modern bungy jumping and opening sites worldwide including Mexico.

At the Inauguration of the New Zealand Film Festival in Bogota on 1 September at the Cinemateca Distrital L to R: Chris Pryor,  Miriam Smith and HE Jacqui Caine, NZ Ambassador to Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador & Peru.  Click Here for Festival Media Release (Spanish Language)
HE Jan Henderson NZ High Commissioner to Barbados pictured above left with the President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona and above right with Prime Minister Keith Rowley at the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Reception 31 August 17.

Air New Zealand's chief of strategy, networks and alliances Stephen Jones (pictured right at the Air NZ Inaugural Flight Gala in Buenos Aires with TBD editor Thomas Manning) has resigned to take up the roles of executive vice-president and deputy chief executive at Wizz Air

Stephen conceived and was in charge of inaugurating Air NZ's Buenos Aires route and this as well as many other successful initiatives he has overseen for the airline are testament to his foresight and exemplary planning abilities.  TBD wishes him every success in his new role at Wizz Air. 

NZ Herald Report: 
Stephen Jones to depart Air NZ for budget Hungarian carrier Wizz Air

Columns by TBD Editor Thomas Manning about Air NZ's Buenos Aires service:

BusinessPlus Magazine
'Transpolar flight grows NZ trade opportunities in Latin America'

Buenos Aires Herald 
'Competition versus cooperation'


GDP expands at fastest pace since Q1 2014

September 13, 2017 - Comprehensive data from Statistical Institutes across the region confirms that the recovery in the Latin American economy strengthened notably in Q2. Regional GDP expanded 1.1% annually, which was above the 0.8% increase in Q1 and the best result in over three years.  A turnaround in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, was chiefly behind the region’s growth acceleration.

France-based hotel group Accor has Latin America’s best workplace among multinationals, followed by US-based technology company Dell EMC, US household cleaning productmanufacturer SC Johnson, US-based technology company Cisco and Brazilian cosmetics company Natura, according to the latest ranking from the Great Place to Work Institute. Among large companies in Latin America (with 500 or more employees), Brazil-based power distributor Elektro leads the way, followed by Brazil-based mining company Sama, Brazil-based laboratory Sabin, Chile-based Transbank and Brazilian retailer Gazin.

Forthcoming 'Doing Business in Mexico' Seminars: Mexican Embassy, Wellington, 17 October 2017 & NZTE Offices, Auckland, 19 October 2017.   For details and to register please email

Smuggling is serious business along South America’s Triple Border
Smuggling is serious business along South America’s Triple Border - It's the place where three South American borders meet and where security often falls through the gap. Correspondent Joel Richards explores the challenges Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil face in keeping drugs, arms and illegal business away from their shared Border. 
PERU, a new major power in LATIN AMERICA? - VisualPolitik EN
PERU, a new major power in LATIN AMERICA? - VisualPolitik EN
With a population over 30 million people, Peru is the 4th biggest country in Latin America and one of the richest countries in terms of natural resources and biodiversity in the world. 

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Hearing reveals strong demand for low-cost aviation routes

Wednesday’s public hearing revealed seven private airlines are bidding to run 503 regular flights (203 domestic and 300 international) while two other companies are seeking authorisation for ad hoc services.
Key tax reform in the works for October
The announcement was unexpected. Government officials had previously said they would begin tackling Argentina’s distorted tributary structure in 2018. Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne (pictured right) surprised many at the recent annual Council of the Americas meeting by announcing that the  government would be sending a tax reform bill to Congress before the end of the year.
Exxon Mobil plans $200 mln investment in Argentina's Vaca Muerta
Reuters - BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp plans to invest $200 million to boost natural gas output in Argentina's Vaca ...
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Argentina's private PPA rules expected to spur renewables investment
Renewables Now - Sep 1 (Renewables Now) - Argentina's new market rules enabling private power purchase agreements (PPAs) could lead to as much as USD 6 billion ...
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Argentina seeks $9.5 billion private financing for water infrastructure
Reuters - BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina invited private companies on ... seeks to cut its wide fiscal deficit without slowing down public works investment.
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Argentina's Mauricio Macri puts bad days in the rearview mirror, but a familiar foe looms
CNBC - According to Andrew Denney, CEO and investment advisor with Prosperity Financial Group, Macri's political and economic victories have been a ...
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Economic Influence in Latin America Isn't All About Trade
STRATFOR - Nonetheless, foreign investors will be wary of investing in Argentina until its ... Chinese investments in Brazil may exceed $20 billion this year. Even so ...
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The Buenos Aires suburb of Retiro prepares for change

While the city tenders eight parcels of prime land, the ongoing progress of the Bajo Underpass and the recent restoration of the Historic Retiro train station marks the increasing gentrification of this historic neighborhood 
Cruise Port Craziness?
Channel 7 Daily News - That would be the first Cruise terminal in Belize where ships would actually be able ... Port of Magical - which, oddly, even with a name like that, ... the Ministry of Defense doesn't have any known connection to investment.
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Un-Belize-able! Meet the man who swapped his suit for flip flops and set up the world's most exotic ...
Daily Mail - And I purchased a completely undeveloped island in Belize, Central ... However, he hasn't completely surrendered his business-minded approach to ...
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Belize High Court Finds Ex-Franchisor Executive Guilty of Defamation, Questions His Integrity
Blue MauMau - Herskowitz' time at both companies ended in litigation and controversy, ... Independent Owners of Sanctuary Belize guilty of defamation with malice.
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Peru-Bolivia Binational Cabinet agreements revealed
Andina - Agencia Peruana de Noticias - By adopting this Declaration, the Presidents of Peru and Bolivia: ... -expressed their interest in increasing trade, investment, and tourism —key ...
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Bitcoin Across Borders | Bolivia
The Bitcoin Watch - home News Bitcoin Across Borders | Bolivia ... is dedicated to providing the latest video news about bitcoins: history, investments, tips, etc. We hope ...
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Viva Bolivia Launches Ilimitado, Based on Comptel's FWD
Business Wire (press release) - HELSINKI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comptel Corporation, now a Nokia company, today announced that Viva launched its innovative, time-based mobile ...
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In Brief: Bolivia insurers warn against illegal policies
Business News Americas  - In Brief: Bolivia insurers warn against illegal policies ... Bolivian insurers are calling attention to rising sales of insurance policies sold illegally by ... always concentrating on how to make or save money in Latin American business.
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Brazil court suspends decree allowing Amazon reserve mining.

Environmentalists hail decision to block Temer’s controversial decree that would allow exploitation of an area the size of Switzerland.
Brazil Posts August Trade Surplus of $5.6 Billion
Fox Business - Brazil exported $19.5 billion worth of goods and services last month, compared with $18.8 billion of exports in July. Imports reached $13.9 billion in ...
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Temerarious Temer ducks impeachment again
Temer is a trained contortionist in the Brazilian political circus. With a miniscule approval rating of just five percent, caught in the eye of an anti-corruption hurricane that has placed Brazil’s entire political class under suspicion – or in jail – Michel Temer still sits on Brazil’s presidential chair.
China encourages businesses to invest in Brazil
China Daily - BEIJING - China encourages businesses to invest in Brazil and participate in infrastructure development there, Vice-Premier Wang Yang said on ...
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Brazil Central Bank Cuts Selic Rate to 8.25% -- 2nd Update
Fox Business - BRASÍLIA -- Brazil's central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark lending ... proposals -- the reduction of subsidies for certain loans to businesses.
Brazil Inflation Rises at Slowest Rate in 17 Years - Fox Business
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Brazil July Industrial Output Rises 0.8% On Month -- IBGE
Fox Business - SAO PAULO – Brazil's industrial output rose 0.8% in July from the prior month, as output of durable consumer goods increased, the Brazilian Institute ...
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Hertz Partners with Localiza in Brazil
Business Travel News - Hertz has begun a strategic partnership agreement with South American car rental company Localiza. As part of the deal Hertz sold its Brazilian car ...
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Brazil ex-presidents Lula and Rousseff charged in corruption case
Business Insider - Brazil ex-presidents Lula and Rousseff charged in corruption case ... BRASILIA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Brazil'stop prosecutor on Tuesday charged former ... a cartel of companies paying bribes to officials to secure Petrobras contracts, ...
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How a Small Town in Brazil's Interior Reinvented Itself As a World-Class Tech Hub
Americas Quarterly - The town's newfound vocation was tested during Brazil's persistent ... Following suit, two more of Brazil'sbest business schools opened in the city, the ...
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Hurricane Irma heads Florida after killing 18 people in Caribbean islands
Business Standard - Irma led to at least 18 deaths in the Caribbean, including nine in French territories, one at the British overseas territory of Anguilla, one on Barbuda, ...
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Job fair in the Caribbean among highlights of 2017 CanEx Business Expo
Loop Jamaica - One of the main features of the 2017 CanEx Business Conference & Expo, which will take place Friday, September 1 2017 at the Montego Bay ...
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The Caribbean connection*
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Two weeks ago, I examined the November 2007 appointment of Karen Tesheira as our Minister of Finance by then PM, the late Patrick Manning.
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Rainforest using Caribbean expansion as springboard to external markets
Jamaica Gleaner - Business Development Manager at Rainforest Max Jardim said that the company is focused on growing its brand presence throughout the Caribbean, ...
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Peter Thiel backs a Herpes vaccine trial in Caribbean without FDA approval - The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a herpes vaccine funded by billionaire and Trump adviser ...
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Nicaraguan Gov. Issues “White Paper” on the Canal Project
Havana Times - HAVANA TIMES — The Nicaraguan government published the so-called “White ... CONFIDENCIAL talked to business people who are members of the ...
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Climate change a buzzkill for coffee lovers
Business Standard - The study forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, ...
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IT Business Net (press release) - Sika is continuing to expand its presence in Central America and is setting up its 99th national subsidiary in El Salvador. The company will thus be ...
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Get a second passport with citizenship by an investment program
London Loves Business - This is one of the best citizenship by investment programs since it is reasonably priced. You will need to invest at least $100,000, making Nicaragua ...
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Loan to finance major Nicaragua road project
World Highways - Further funding worth $136 million is being provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB), with $33.4 million coming from the Nicaragua ...
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Chile Economic Outlook

August 2017 - The economy looks to have staggered back to its feet after receiving a body blow in Q1 due to a fall in mining activity. The economic activity indicator (IMACEC) expanded for the fourth consecutive month in June thanks to greater services and trade activity. In addition, consumer confidence reached its highest level in over two years in July; this bodes well for private consumption, which has been key to supporting growth in the face of lower fixed investment. 

Chile Reports 13.2% Hike for Pension Funds in Q2
Chief Investment Officer - As of Q2, the funds' investment in Chilean national assets represented 59.6% of the total assets under management, and were concentrated mainly in ...
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Chile's entire economic team resigns in government crisis
The Spokesman-Review - Chile, Latin America's wealthiest and most stable nation, saw the ... Valdes had stressed the need to revive investment amid the slowest four years of ...
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Chile's Blumar invests $7m in upgrading salmon feeding systems, automation
Undercurrent News - An investment of over $7 million in improving automation and optimization, as well as in upgrading feeding systems, has lead Chilean salmon farmer ...
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Chile promotes new filming incentive
KFTV - Filmmakers will need to work with a Chilean production company and ... investment itself,” said Cristian Diaz, director of investments at Corfo, Chile's ...
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Has Chile fixed its transmission issues?
Solarplaza - Chile has been struggling with transmission restrictions, which have caused a ... in the country, and allows for longer term planning and investment.
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Scotiabank in talks to acquire BBVA Chile
Investment Executive - Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia announced on Thursday that it's in talks with BBVA Spain to acquire BBVA Chile, describing the discussions as ...
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Colombia's rebel army is handing over $332 million in assets — here's what that's made up of
Business Insider UK - Colombia's demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) have declared an official list of their assets, worth hundreds of ...
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Colombia aims to realize valuable business at the Pacific Alliance's businessroundtable
FreshPlaza - "It is a multi-sectorial business roundtable in which we expect that different productive sectors, not only at the national level in Colombia but throughout ...
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GeoPark discovers new Curucucu oil field in Colombia
Energy Business Review - The company said that surface facilities have been placed in the well, which is already in production. During the drilling stage, petrophysical log ...
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Bimbo Opens $86 Million USD Plant in Colombia
Finance Colombia - Photo: Bimbo CEO Daniel Servitje welcomes Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to the company'snew plant in Tenjo. (Credit: Presidencia de ...
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Carlos Slim's America Movil makes payment in Colombia telecom case
Business Insider - America Movil's Colombian unit, Comunicacion Celular (COMCEL), is continuing to challenge the arbitration award, the company said in a statement.
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Colombia to exempt digital content, cloud services from VAT
Business News Americas - Colombia plans to abolish value-added tax (VAT) on digital content and ... This news article is one of hundreds published daily by Business News ...
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Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Plastic Packaging from Business.
The Costa Rica News - Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Plastic Packaging from Business. ... of five years the businesses and companies of Costa Rica change the packaging and ...
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The Big Challenge of Setting Up an Enterprise
The Costa Rica News - But in order to start a business, it is necessary to acquire some knowledge and get contacts because it's not easy to get that project started alone.
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Costa Rican students transform pineapple waste into dishes and plates
The Tico Times - Five students majoring in business management at the University of Costa Rica's western campus in San Ramón, Alajuela, have come up with a ...
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Costa Rican Tourism Companies Interested in Attracting the LGBTI Market
The Costa Rica Star - Targeting the LGBTI market has proven to be a smart business move ... Just this past September 4th and 5th the Trade Mission Costa Rica LGBTI ...
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Costa Rica will have the now traditional Wine Expo 2017 in October
The Costa Rica Star - The Costa Rican Wine Expo (ExpoVino) has become a highly expected ... distributors of the wine businessin the region “, states the press release.
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Hilton Expands Presence in Central America
Hotel Business (press release) - By Hotel Business on September 5, 2017 Brands ... Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton: Expected to open in Q1 2018 in San Jose, the ...
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Hurricane Irma update: Ten killed in Cuba
Business Standard - At least ten people have lost their lives in Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed over the northern portion of the Caribbean island over the weekend.
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'In the national interest': Trump extends Cuba embargo for 1 year
RT - 'In the national interest': Trump extends Cuba embargo for 1 year ... and do business or invest here in Cuba” according to a White House transcript of a ...
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Cuba: Next Forum on Renewable Energy Confirmed
Prensa Latina - The event will include an investment forum, presentations of different topics, among them the situation of the development of energy, sustainability, ...
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10 ways to be an ambassador when you travel
The Business Journals - Cuba is the obvious example. Four million tourists visited Cuba in 2016. Although rules may change, currently there are 12 approved categories ...
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Ecuador reports possible European hotel investment to improve infrastructure
Hotel Management Magazine - European operators are eyeing Ecuador's tourism potential as they consider investing up to $850 million in Ecuador's hotel infrastructure. Enrique ...
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Ecuador's New Government Seeks Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure
Business News Americas  - Since taking office on May 24, President Lenín Moreno of the Alianza PAIS movement has been more conciliatory towards the private sector than his ...
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DP World launches construction of deepwater port in Posorja, Ecuador
Seatrade Maritime News - The $500m-initial investment -Phase 1- includes the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20km-access road and a 400-metre-berth ...
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Indigenous communities resist Chinese mining in Amazonian Ecuador - Chinese capital estimated at US $17.4 billion, flowing to Ecuador over the past decade, has been the main source of borrowing and investment for the ...
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Fifth World Cocoa Summit Closes in Ecuador
Prensa Latina - As the Institute of Export and Investment Promotion (PRO Ecuador) main promoter of the venue, negotiations held are considered will benefit in the ...
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Texaco-Chevron in Ecuador: Benefitted from Dumping Oil Beyond Saving Money
The Real News Network - Texaco-Chevron in Ecuador: Benefitted from Dumping Oil Beyond Saving Money ... I'm Gregory Wilpert coming to you from Quito, Ecuador. .... not just about controlling populations but also opening new opportunities for investment, ...
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Stricter security needed at Guyana's maritime ports following cocaine bust in rice shipment
Demerara Waves - General Manager of one of Guyana's largest rice distributors Nand Persaud and Co. Limited has called on government to implement stricter security at ...
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Time for results-oriented engagement on future of manufacturing
Stabroek News - Coming from one of the more high-profile executives of the Guyana ... of the country's better-known multi-product manufacturing companies in Guyana.
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In Brief: Guyana begins local content consultations
Business News Americas - In Brief: Guyana begins local content consultations ... Guyana's Ministry of Natural Resources kicked off stakeholder engagement on the draft local ... always concentrating on how to make or save money in Latin American business.
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Arianespace aborts satellite launch seconds before lift-off
Business Insider - ... take off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana, carrying satellite Intelsat ... The company said engineers were trying to find out what caused the ...
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Barbados joins Guyana in Caricom hunt for oil*
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Barbados joins Guyana in Caricom hunt for oil* ... We've heard of Guyana becoming the next oil and gas producer in Caricom after ... crude output, far surpassing Trinidad and Tobago which has been in the business for much longer.
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Guyanese businesses, companies invited to Havana International Fair
Guyana Chronicle - “Guyanese companies and businesses that participate can maintain visibility and regular contact with their network of customers. Participating at ...
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Guyana Business RSS News Feed & Press Release ...
Guyana Business News Service from EIN News

Economy Profile 2016 Suriname - Doing
This economy profile presents the Doing Business indicators for Suriname. To allow useful comparison, it also provides data for other selected economies.

Doing business & staying in touch while in French Guiana
Professional guide to doing business while in French Guiana, including office ... internet availability, postal service and television, radio and newspaper media
Investment in Mexican mining seen rising after four-year downturn
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Investment in Mexico's mining industry is expected to rise this year due in large part to a global recovery in metal prices after ...

NAFTA talks are getting stickier

Houston Chronicle  - The nation began allowing private and foreign investment  under a 2013 ... The talks in Mexico City, which began on Friday, are the second round of ...
Shell begins $1bn retail investment charge into Mexico
DIGITALLOOK - As Donald Trump plans his massive border wall, Royal Dutch Shell unveiled plans to invest $1bn in a retail-based expansion in Mexico, the fifth ...
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MEXICO: Investment And Employment Are At Historical Highs, Says President
Markets Insider - (RTTNews) - Investment, employment and consumption are at historical highs in Mexico, while exports and tourism are setting new records, Mexican ...
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How Mexico Can Use New NAFTA Deal to Attract Global Biotech Investment
PanAm Post - Mexico's biopharmaceutical stars already include Mexico City's Probiomed. The country has also attracted investment in manufacturing and clinical ...
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Stronger China relations underline Mexico's look-East policy
South China Morning Post - In terms of investment, a growing number of Chinese companies are discovering opportunities to invest in Mexico: more than half (US$309 million) of ...
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Mexico's maverick leftist Amlo vows to revise oil contracts
Financial Times - “In Mexico we will be happy to have private investment, foreign investment, but with honesty,” he said. However, he vowed any revision of oil contracts ...
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Mexico's Energy Reform: A New Horizon?
Nasdaq - The deregulation was aimed to help the Mexican oil industry become more efficient and draw more investments from abroad as it denationalized 914 ...
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Mexico Signs E-Commerce Deal With China's Alibaba Group
U.S. News & World Report - The deal comes as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wraps up a trip to China to discuss trade and investment, as part of a strategy to diversify ...
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Trump's approach to Mexico could jeopardize America's progress toward energy independence
Dallas News - Unfortunately, the current administration's stance toward Mexico could telling them that investing in Mexico "would be like buying goods without a ...
100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand (Extended Edition)
Announcing the debut of The Spinoff Business
The Spinoff - Did you know 362,856 New Zealand businesses have zero employees? There's an interesting wee one-page fact sheet available from the Ministry of ...
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Allbirds hints at shops in New Zealand after $24 million boost
Taranaki Daily News - Allbirds, the shoe company founded by former All White Tim Brown, says it is looking to open stores in New Zealand after a receiving a major funding ...
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New Zealand election likely to weaken its dollar
MarketWatch - “The rise of Labour and the potential tie-up with NZ First could lead to a less business-friendly environment and be bad for the country,” Shabab ...
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WhatsApp turns its attention to business
Computerworld New Zealand - WhatsApp Business will be free for small businesses, with a paid-for ... with business users as part of a closed pilot program to test additional new ...
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Vodafone New Zealand to dial into local IPO market
The Australian Financial Review - Street Talk understands Vodafone New Zealand is actively considering an initial ... a deal with Sky would have seen the combined NZ business listed.
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Shamubeel Eaqub: New Zealand has a productivity problem - Poor productivity has plagued New Zealand for the past 40 years. ... Shamubeel Eaqub says ease of doing business and relatively low levels of ...
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Ecostore's new boss brings lofty global ambition - Ecostore managing director Pablo Kraus wants the company to sit ... as its New Zealand business, but Ecostore was looking to grow China and Japan.
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New Zealand Business Confidence Falls In August
Markets Insider - (RTTNews) - Business confidence in New Zealand weakened in August, but optimists continue to outnumber pessimists, the latest survey from ANZ ...
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Election jitters hold back housing market
Radio New Zealand - ... possible that values may begin to rise again more steadily in the new year." ... Research companyCoreLogic's Property Market & Economic Update ...
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Rising volume of New Zealand fresh milk airfreighted to China - More New Zealand fresh milk is winging its way to China as another company enters the market, bringing the total amount to more than 60,000 litres a ...
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PM Bill English announces $270m investment to get rural NZ on ultra-fast broadband - National announces $270 million to extend NZ's broadband network to an extra 290 small towns, and 74,000 households and small businesses.
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Investment aims to heat up geothermal usage
Waikato Times - The investment will be used for a Geothermal Business Development Lead to ... New Zealand could be at the forefront of this as we have a secure and ...
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New Zealand - Terms of trade index for Q2: +1.5% q/q (vs. expected +3.0%)
ForexLive - Before you decide to trade foreign exchange, carefully consider your investment objectives, experience level, and risk tolerance. You could lose some ...
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Panama advances infra investment in indigenous territory
Business News Americas - Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela delivered completed projects totaling US$21mn in the Ngäbe-Buglé region, the country's largest indigenous ...
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Panama: The banana revival process is 40% complete
FreshPlaza - It is expected that for the month of December the company Banapiña Panama S.A., will be able to enter the Mango and Jobito farms to begin works for ...
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Panama Canal to Increase Transit of Neo-Panamax Vessels
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide - The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced an increase from six to ... 'We Panamanians made a big investment in the enlargement and we must ...
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La Crosse company supplies products to help clean water in Panama Canal - La Crosse company supplies products to help clean water in Panama Canal ... La Crosse company INOV8 will ship two evaporators to the Panama Canal ... Faas said the savings on disposal costs can pay for the investment in just a ...
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Full service organisation promoting business, tourism, trade and foreign investment in Panama, free on-line information. 
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Paraguay to hold tender for sports betting monopoly license - paraguay-sports-betting-monopoly-tender Paraguay is reportedly planning to shake up its sports betting industry by reducing its current seven ...
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The Business Forum “Latin America: An Agenda for Growth and Development” 
IDB - More than 800 business and government leaders discuss ambitious integration agenda to compete in global trade

Will European supermarkets act over Paraguay forest destruction?
NGO Earthsight reports charcoal from the Chaco region has been sold in Aldi, Lidl and Carrefour in Spain and Germany

Rural water access: why should countries follow Paraguay’s lead?
With more than 94% of the rural population accessing safe water, nations across Latin America and beyond can learn from Paraguay’s phenomenal success
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World Bank report Doing Business 2016 data for Paraguay
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Prosecutors in Peru are investigating opposition leader Keiko Fujimori over suspected links to a corruption scandal, her lawyer said this week. Prosecutors suspect she received funding for her 2011 campaign from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. The company is at the centre of a corruption mega-scandal spanning several Latin American countries,