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Chile’s luxury home market booming and immune to the global crisis

The market for luxury home in Chile seems to be immune to the global crisis since there are families willing to disburse up to six million dollars to purchase the house or condo of their dream according to a report in Santiago’s El Mercurio. These houses mostly located in the posh areas of Santiago such as Vitacura, Lo Barnechea, Las Condes and La Reina have ample green surroundings, several bedrooms, gardens, parking lots and shared spaces for leisure and other activities. According to the sales manager…

Uruguay passes Tax Bill on rural land ownership

A Rural Concentration Tax (ICIRA) bill was passed yesterday by the chamber of deputies and it intends to enforce the taxing of rural land owners of over 2,000 hectares of terrain. #adp02 The ICIRA constitutes an annual tax per hectare; ranging from US$ 8-16 for land exceeding two hectares. The creation of this new tax aims to avoid the concentration of land ownership. The ICIRA is a project initiated by the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, and will now been transferred to senate to be given its full form.…

Barrick inaugurates Punta Colorada Wind Farm in Chile

  At an inauguration ceremony held today in northern Chile, Barrick Gold Corporation marked the official opening of the Punta Colorada Wind Farm, the largest wind farm ever built by a mining company in the country. Source: Barrick Gold Corporation The event was attended by the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, the ministers of Mining and Energy, Hernán de Solminihac and Rodrigo Álvarez, and authorities from Chile’s Atacama and Coquimbo regions. This large-scale $50 million project,…

The vines of Argentina

The vines of Argentina The Mendoza province of Argentina—set against the panoramic backdrop of the Andes and occupying a total area of around 57,000 square miles in the country’s far west—is best known as Argentina’s charming and illustrious wine country. In fact, Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. By Sonia Havele | The Chronicle The viticulture here is astoundingly ubiquitous—radiating far beyond the bottle. From the geography of the region, to wine’s imperative role…

Uruguay is the best place to live in Latin America according to the Legatum Institute

According to the latest Prosperty index, Uruguay ranks 29, followed by Chile, 31, Argentina 39 and Brazil, 52. In the whole of the Americas, Uruguay is the only country that figures in the highest ranking with Canada (6) and the US (10). The rest of South America is ranked medium while Ecuador and Bolivia figure at the lowest level. The Legatum Institute describes itself as an independent non-partisan public policy group based in London, with research, publications, and programs that advance ideas and policies…

Indian man becomes ‘farming king’ in Argentina

Indian man becomes ‘farming king’ in Argentina An Indian-origin man in Argentina, who started a peanut farm a few years back, has now grown by leaps and bounds and become an “uncrowned king” of rice, soya and corn plantations in South America. Simmarpal Singh’s company Olam, based in Singapore and run by people of Indian origin, is one of the major rice traders of the world, says R. Viswanathan, India’s ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Singh now has an area…