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Brazil makes it easier for foreigners to buy farmland again

The chairmanship of the Agriculture Caucus in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies  aims to turn back the clock on the rules concerning foreign ownership of his country’s farmland. Five years ago, Brazil’s Attorney General Office issued a new interpretation of an old, business-friendly rule that made it harder for foreign companies to buy the country’s…

Bono and the widow of Steve Jobs invest in education in Argentina and the region

The leader of U2 along with other philanthropists like the founders of EBay and Linkedin decided to bet on a project to develop digital skills. Bono, the singer, and leader of the legendary band U2 is one of the investors of TICMAS, a new educational project that will drive the development of digital skills and competencies…

Agricultural Remote Sensing Market Map: 20 Remote Sensing Startups and the Varied Data That Fuels Them

There are many agtech startups that use remote sensing technology for different precision farming applications. Some try to provide a field-level analysis using drones or airplanes, while others develop large-scale macro analytics using globally available satellite data. To some extent, it is possible…

Understanding China’s view of the world

  Yukon Huang is a senior fellow with the Asia Program. He was formerly the World Bank’s country director for China and earlier director for Russia and the Former Soviet Union Republics. He is an adviser to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and various governments and corporations. His research focuses on China’s economy and its regional…

China-Latin America trade enters a new era

Chinese and Latin American ties have entered a new era with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Chile, Uruguay, and through the second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and CELAC. The multilateral framework will initiate further collaboration under the Belt and Road Initiative and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, laying a solid foundation for the upcoming China-Latin…

Doing Business in Latin America: Common Cultural Stumbling Blocks

Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino outlines the four most common cultural stumbling blocks doing business in LatAm. TCO International Director David Trickey sat down with Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino (Director of Iceberg Cultural Intelligence) to talk about Latin America: it’s scope, it’s surprising diversity,…

LatAm Investor – Latin America Loves Trade Deals

What happened? Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy. Against the backdrop of President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal and doubts over the future of NAFTA, the CPTPP…

Technology and its distruptive impact on the real estate industry

What is the transformative impact of technology for Real Estate Brokers . “Real Estate Agents will not be replaced by technology …. they will be replaced by agents with technology.” – Peter Williams – CEO of Deloitte Digital The principle here is that the real estate industry is not in imminent danger of…

Harvard’s Endowment writes down huge losses in Brazilian Farmland

As of Q3 2017, Harvard’s endowment was valued at USD 37.1 billion. This ranked Harvard first out of 1,158 ranked university endowments in the United States. In its fiscal year which ended June 30, 2017, Harvard wrote down its natural resources portfolio 28 percent from USD 4 billion to USD 2.9 billion. This USD 1.1 billion write-down – or financial loss – occurred partly from Harvard’s…

Chinese investment in Latin America

As São Paulo hosts the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018, it is time to consider China’s important influence on economics and business in the region since the Forum’s last meeting in Brazil, in 2011. With foreign trade worth $4 trillion, China is the world’s most important trading country. Besides the US, it is also the most important trading partner for 100 countries, including…

Chinese start-ups turn to Latin America as new land of tech opportunities

Trend intensifies as Trump continues to insult Mexico ○ Chinese entrepreneurs are embracing opportunities in Latin America while mutual exchanges in technology and innovation increase ○ Some Latin American entrepreneurs are joining China’s competitive start-up landscape as China-Latin American trade grows The golden…

The United Kingdoms view on South America in 2018

Boris Johnson the British Foreign Secretary speaks about his recent trip to Latin America, and the unique opportunities the region presents for the UK. He said never have did he feel such a sense of mystery as he did last week when he gazed at the Pacific from the coast of Latin America – and we looked at each other, as the poet puts it, with a wild surmise. The mystery was what had taken…

LatAm Investor Report May 2018

Argentina’s Progress Report   When Mauricio Macri came to power in late 2015 and promised to fix Argentina’s distorted economy it caught the world’s attention. In the LatAm INVESTOR Argentina Report published in Q2 2016, we described how closed sectors were being opened up for international investors. Two years later we’re back with an update. Macri’s first 100…

10 Terrible Mistakes many Real Estate investors make

Although this post is aimed at residential investors it could apply to all real estate investors. Once the real estate market starts to recover, investing in property also becomes an appealing option — either as a career or a great side job. Like any other endeavour, though, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Bankrate spoke with…

How to Incorporate a Company in Brazil?

Brazil has gone through a difficult economic period in the last few years and it’s slowly rebuilding its economy again. According to the OECD, inflation dropped in 2017, the GDP is growing again and special policies are being introduced by the Brazilian government to support the economic recovery of the country. The economic growth of Brazil makes the country…

Savills: Global Farmland Index (January, 2018)

Precios de la tierra agrícola actualizados 2016
Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Their Global Farmland index recorded an average annualised growth of 13.3% since 2002 and 2% over the past five years. ■ Although pressure on commodity prices has slowed growth in values in recent years, the long-term fundamentals of farmland ownership still apply with increased…