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LatAm in Focus: Políticos latinoamericanos deben entender que la agenda LGBT es "mainstream"

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:31

LatAm in Focus: Políticos latinoamericanos deben entender que la agenda LGBT es "mainstream"

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 29, 2017

El primer político abiertamente gay elegido en Chile, Jaime Parada Hoyl, habla sobre los desafíos que enfrenta la comunidad en su país y al nivel regional.

Weekly Chart: Spending Time on Social Media in the Americas

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:03

Weekly Chart: Spending Time on Social Media in the Americas

InfographicsGabrielle Rocha RiosTuesday, March 28, 2017

Just over half of the world’s 7.5 billion population is online. Of those, 2.8 billion use social media, and 90 percent do so on their mobile phones—and no one more than Latin Americans—according to a January report from Hootsuite and We Are Social. Argentines, Brazilians, and Mexicans spend not just the most amount of time on social media in the region, but they’re among the top five in the world.

People in the Western Hemisphere use social media more than in any other region, and they’re likely doing so on mobile devices.

Update: EU and Mercosur's Window of Opportunity to Finalize Trade Deal

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:21

Update: EU and Mercosur's Window of Opportunity to Finalize Trade Deal

Hemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaThursday, March 23, 2017

The European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc are in the middle of a renewed a push to hammer out a trade deal 18 years in the making. Delegations from both sides met in Buenos Aires from March 20 to 24 to advance talks toward an agreement that covers both trade and political cooperation.

Negotiators are in Buenos Aires through March 24 to advance a deal 18 years in the making.

Energy Update: A Look at the Books of Latin America's Big State Oil Firms

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:41

Energy Update: A Look at the Books of Latin America's Big State Oil Firms

Hemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaWednesday, March 22, 2017

Latin America’s large state-backed oil companies reported their full-year earnings—and with modest results to show. Ecopetrol, Pemex, Petrobras, and YPF all posted either flat or declining figures in their finances and production for 2016. The results stem from an unfavorable combination of persistent low oil prices, adverse economic conditions, and domestic events that took a toll on operations and investments. Earnings from these companies represent a significant source of government revenue and their performance can have a strong ripple effect throughout the broader economy.

2016 was a difficult year for national oil companies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, proving the need for the energy sector reforms in each case.

#CouncilBR Recap: Brazilian Government Signals Plan to Stay the Course

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:01

#CouncilBR Recap: Brazilian Government Signals Plan to Stay the Course

Program SummariesLuisa LemeWednesday, March 22, 2017

Speakers:

The federal government met with the private sector in Brasilia to talk about investment and the country’s economic recovery.

A Seat at the Table: Five Steps to Making Latin American Politics More Diverse

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:27

A Seat at the Table: Five Steps to Making Latin American Politics More Diverse

Papers & ReportsWednesday, March 22, 2017

This new report from Americas Society, with support from the Ford Foundation, looks at strategies for electing and supporting minority lawmakers in Latin American politics. (También disponible en español.)

Resumo #CouncilBR: Temer diz que "o Brasil não desviará de seu rumo"

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:06
2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasilia

Resumo #CouncilBR: Temer diz que "o Brasil não desviará de seu rumo"

Program SummariesLuisa LemeWednesday, March 22, 2017

Oradores:

O governo federal brasileiro encontrou com o setor privado em Brasília para falar de investimento e recuperação econômica.

Weekly Chart: Tracking Traffic and Transportation in Latin America

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:05

Weekly Chart: Tracking Traffic and Transportation in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 16, 2017

It’s no breaking news that Mexico City regularly ranks as one of the most congested cities in the world. But that alone wouldn’t capture a related, commendable title: it also has the most high-performing metro system in Latin America, with both the largest volume of daily riders and highest usage rate.

Lima and Bogotá are the two largest cities in the region without metro systems.

Ecuador Update: Presidential Race Heats Up

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:58

Ecuador Update: Presidential Race Heats Up

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, March 15, 2017

Campaigning is underway in Ecuador in the hotly contested April 2 runoff to replace the outgoing President Rafael Correa. After coming in second in the February 19 first-round vote, the Creating Opportunities party candidate Guillermo Lasso has pulled into a slight lead in head-to-head polling against his competitor, Lenín Moreno of the PAIS Alliance ticket.

Former banker Guillermo Lasso has a slight edge in polling over Rafael Correa’s ex-Vice President Lenín Moreno ahead of the April 2 runoff.

LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América Latina

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:58

LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América Latina

PodcastsTuesday, March 14, 2017

Violeta Domínguez de la CAF habla del estado actual del liderazgo femenino luego de la “edad de oro” que tuvo la región.

Weekly Chart: The Burden of Brazil’s Pensions

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 14:21

Weekly Chart: The Burden of Brazil’s Pensions

InfographicsLuisa LemeThursday, March 9, 2017

The high cost of supporting an aging population has put changes to social security at the top of the government’s fiscal plans.

Explainer: Trade between Latin America and the European Union

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:31

Explainer: Trade between Latin America and the European Union

ExplainersGabrielle Rocha RiosThursday, March 9, 2017

In early February 2017, citing a “worrying rise of protectionism” in the wake of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced they were accelerating talks to modernize their existing trade agreement, with new rounds scheduled for early April and late June of this year. 

The two regions trade more than $230 billion each year—a figure that could go up if the United States takes a protectionist turn.

#womenASCOA Summary: Closing the Gender the Gap - Bachelet Says "If we want to, we can"

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:46

#womenASCOA Summary: Closing the Gender the Gap – Bachelet Says "If we want to, we can"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 8, 2017

Speakers:

Chile’s president joined other leaders to take account of the progress and pending obstacles to the economic and social inclusion of women.

Vice President Pence Could Be the next Special Envoy for the Americas

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:27

Vice President Pence Could Be the next Special Envoy for the Americas

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, March 8, 2017

Nothing beats the personal touch. The ability to be heard in the most exclusive center of government power—the Oval Office—and the presence of a trusted and knowledgeable interlocutor at the highest levels to clarify issues and head off potential crises is the dream of almost every foreign representative in Washington, DC. Despite proximity, history and massive business and cultural ties, Latin America and the Caribbean generally have a more difficult time than others in getting their issues in front of the U.S. president.

The establishment of a meaningful channel for inevitable disagreements is more important than ever, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for The National Interest.

#womenASCOA resumen: Cerrando la brecha de género - Bachelet dice "Si se quiere, se puede"

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 16:17

#womenASCOA resumen: Cerrando la brecha de género – Bachelet dice "Si se quiere, se puede"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, March 7, 2017

Presentadores:

La presidenta de Chile se unió con otros lideres para analizar el progreso y los atrasos pendientes en la inclusión económica y social de la mujer.

2016 Highlights Report

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 16:38

2016 Highlights Report

Communications MaterialsThursday, March 2, 2017

Learn about AS/COA's activities in 2016 in our highlights report.

Access a copy of the report.

 

Learn about AS/COA's activities in 2016.

Weekly Chart: Women in the Workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:14

Weekly Chart: Women in the Workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 1, 2017

Women’s participation in the global workforce has fallen 2 percent since 1990. But it’s a different case in Latin America and the Caribbean, where it’s jumped 14 points. The region saw women join the workforce at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world, adding up to 80 million more working women since the 1960s. 

The region’s women are entering the workforce at a faster pace than in any other part of the world.

Energy Is the Model for U.S.-Mexico Cooperation

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:22

Energy Is the Model for U.S.-Mexico Cooperation

Articles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaMonday, February 27, 2017

Fresh off a visit to Europe to discuss global hot spots with G-20 partners, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now attending to another important relationship simmering much closer to home.

The interconnectedness of the U.S.-Mexican energy trade is the key to future cooperation between the two countries, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza for RealClearEnergy.

LatAm in Focus: Jorge Castañeda Portends Changing Times for Mexico

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 16:29

LatAm in Focus: Jorge Castañeda Portends Changing Times for Mexico

PodcastsCarin ZissisMonday, February 27, 2017

Mexico's former foreign secretary talks about the country’s 2018 presidential election and how to handle what he calls an “unfriendly” Trump administration.

Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin America

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:48

Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, February 23, 2017

Crime and violence take a toll on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the cost adds up to $261 billion annually, or 3.5 percent of GDP, according to an Inter-American Development Bank report out this month. The study surveyed 17 countries in the region and estimated costs based on not just public- and private-security spending, but also the social costs: diminished quality of life for victims and lost income of the countries’ imprisoned populations.

Crime and violence cost the region some $261 billion annually, or more than 3.5 percent of GDP.

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