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Doing business in Latin America America – World Bank Report

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Chile battles devastating wildfires and asks for International help

Devastating wildfires that have destroyed more than half a million hectares in Chile retreated somewhat Sunday, with the help of U.S. and Russian supertanker aircraft and the arrival of specialist teams from other countries. There were 118 fires of which 59 were active, an official from the National Forest Corporation said. Chilean authorities have detained 43 people on suspicion of having started some of the deadly fires that have been burning through large swaths of land in south and central regions of Chile…

Is Argentina Going Green ?

Energías Renovables en Argentina
After much hype, the government launched RenovAR earlier this year, to promote investment in the country’s renewables sector. Zach Marzouk sat down with three industry experts to see how much of this talk would lead to a concrete greener path for the country’s energy sector. September saw the first RenovAr auction, a programme launched by the Macri administration to encourage the development of more sources of renewable energy in Argentina. A second auction was held in November, and between them they attracted…

Cafayate Wine Trails

The main route to Cafayate, Route 68 (a very good road, easy driving 186km), has perhaps the most dramatic scenery in the entire North West of Argentina. It’s like seeing all of the dramatic scenery of the western USA crammed into one relatively short drive. Cafayate is beautiful and does show you an authentic small Argentine town, but the culture is very much”VINOcultura” — vineyards and wine, wine everywhere.  Located at the central zone of the Valles Calchaquies 1,683 metres (5,522…

Brazil Worries the ‘China of South America’ Is Eating Its Lunch

Brazilians are starting to have second thoughts about the business El Dorado next door which is becoming the China of South America. Low taxes, low wages and low overheads are driving the Paraguayan government’s ambition to become the “China of South America”: a low-cost manufacturing hub that attracts investment from across the region. As Brazil struggles through its worst recession on record, dozens of businesses have set up operations across the border, creating thousands of jobs. Broadly welcomed…

Global and Corporate Dairy News

Rabobank: Further upside to price rally: According to Rabobank’s “Dairy Quarterly Q4 2016” report regarding dairy news, the current rally in global dairy markets has more upside, as significant recovery in output and export availability will be postponed until the second half of 2017, despite improving producer payouts. However, a further strengthening of the American dollar and weaker product demand on the international market, given improving commodity prices, could provide headwinds to the recovery. With…