1 April 2021 Edition - 06/21

'Carlos Menem:
The playboy president who upset applecarts from Wall Street to Wellington

EMA BusinessPlus Magazine - March 2021 Edition
Thomas Manning - International Trade Columnist

The only Argentine President to have paid a state visit to New Zealand is Carlos Saúl Menem who died on Saint Valentine’s Day in Buenos Aires, aged 90.

New Zealand’s exemplary bi-lateral relationship with Argentina was kick-started by Menem’s 1998 state visit which, despite a higgledy-piggledy start, set the stage for what has become a close and successful co-operation in many multilateral forums.

For over 20 years New Zealand and Argentina have worked together to advance human rights, peace-keeping, agricultural trade, climate change strategies, preserving Antarctica and whale conservation.....

Researchers dumped tons of coffee waste into a forest. This is what it looks like now.

A new study published in the British Ecological Society journal Ecological Solutions and Evidence has found that coffee pulp isn't just a nuisance to be discarded. It can have an incredibly positive impact on regrowing deforested areas of the planet....

Inflation-battered Venezuela rolls out bigger banknotes

Bills worth 200,000 bolivars – worth just 10 U.S. cents at the current exchange rate – began to circulate on Monday, according to Reuters witnesses. Venezuela’s central bank said earlier this month it also planned to roll out bills worth 500,000 and 1 million bolivars....

Thirty Years of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR)

Statement by:

Argentine Foreign Minister H.E. Felipe Solá

Embassy of Argentina, Wellington
Bolivians Take to the Streets to Protest Political Arrests

Tens of thousands of people in cities across Bolivia have taken to the streets to protest against the arrest of ex-President Jeanine Anez and other political opponents of the ruling socialist party over allegations they were involved in a coup in 2019.  In the lowland city of Santa Cruz, the largest crowds gathered for a rally around a Christ the Redeemer statue waving Bolivian flags and carrying banners calling for a defense of democracy and freedom.
Green hydrogen projects proliferate in Chile, Mexico, Uruguay

Last week, several green hydrogen projects were announced in Latin America. AES Gener wants to set up a hydrogen production facility in Chile that would require around 850 MW of renewable energy capacity. The Uruguayan government is planning a tender for a pilot hydrogen project for sustainable mobility and the Mexican authorities are reviewing a large scale PV project planned to power a 75 MW hydrogen plant.....  GTSA NewsBlog

May 31 - June 1st, 2021

Sao Paulo - Brasil  
Transamerica Hotel
In person and online

The Brasil Investment Forum 2021 (BIF) is an international event about attracting foreign investments to Brazil, organized by Apex-Brasil, the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian Federal Government, which will take place on May 31 and June 1st, 2021, at Hotel Transamérica São Paulo, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Known as the largest event for foreign investment in Latin America, BIF will bring together federal, state and local government authorities and executives from large companies from Brazil and the world, as well as representatives from academia, the press and opinion makers.   Register Here


The vaccination campaign has uncovered profound organizational deficiencies in some countries, while it has enhanced the efficient work of others. We are facing a difficult undertaking that some countries have been able to solve, and, in Latin America, there are also enormous contrasts.....

China denies offer of 'vaccine diplomacy' deal to Paraguay
Paraguay said its government had been approached by unofficial brokers claiming to offer access to Chinese-manufactured batches of Covid-19 vaccine in return for cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan, although Beijing has denounced the claim as “malicious disinformation”......

IDB supports Belize in ensuring timely COVID-19 vaccine accessibility

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is supporting Belize's health sector in ensuring timely COVID-19 vaccine accessibility to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) member-state. 

The Washington-based financial institution said it has approved the first hybrid sovereign guarantee operation, with an investment loan and a guarantee for Belize....


21 Brasilian photographers to have on your radar

The Brasilian creative scene has blossomed in the last 10 years, with the emergence of social media. Yes, there are still significant barriers for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. But, creating a fashion image is no longer something exclusive to those of a higher class....
The great monarch migration

The annual migration of the Eastern monarch butterfly is 2,500 miles from the US and Canada where they breed to the forests in central Mexico where they hibernate....
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Latin American Business Digest is presently published in reduced form due to logistical and technical issues stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.  
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