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Argentina Modernizes its Rail System

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The Argentinean railroad system, after decades of abandonment, is back on course. Argentina purchased 1,200 wagons from China’s CMEC Company, which are destined for “Belgrano Cargas.” The total amount of the investment, financed with a loan, is USD 2,470 million. For its part, the investment in rolling stock is USD 807 million. Together with the…

Brazil to allow foreign lenders to hold land

Foreign lenders and investors are eagerly awaiting a change of law in Brazil, after finance minister Henrique Meirelles suggested they would be allowed to use land as collateral in trade finance and other loans from March onwards.< In a televised interview with local news outlet Globo, Meirelles explained that the government was ready to re-establish the…

‘The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report

The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report (LABER) represents the first edition in which principal authorship was assumed by Brian Gendreau, the new director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. Timothy McLendon will continue to author the legal environment section. With a new…

Uruguay: Renewable Energy

Uruguay Achieves 96% in Renewable Energy
What a few years ago seemed like a dream in a country with energy shortages, today is a reality. “In 2016, the electricity generation matrix was 96% renewable, with 63% hydro, 25% wind, 7% biomass and 1% photovoltaic. Only 4% of electricity generation was of fossil origin. ” Now, Uruguay exports its surplus energy, with on the spot modality. Since 2005, Uruguay…

Emerging markets soar as investors turn off ‘America First’ President Trumps Policies

Predictions about the future of financial markets went badly astray last November when Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected president. The “Trump bump” hasn’t just been a bonanza for US investors. Most predictions back before November 8 were for shares to plummet with the defeat of Hillary Clinton and that emerging…

Food Security report points out the Farming needs for a ‘sustainable intensification’

The quest to feed the world’s rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a front loaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security released recently. New science and technologies are among the tools needed to achieve a huge ‘sustainable intensification’…