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Australian Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Growing Commercial Opportunities

Latin America has not traditionally been Australians commercial jurisdiction of choice, with regions such as Asia and Europe taking precedence. However, times are changing, and it seems that there has been a shift in commercial interest towards the large, diverse and often unexploited markets of Latin America.  The growth…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

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With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications…

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption.

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking…

China’s Belt and Road has rich potential in Latin america

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and it is acting as an important driving force for China’s relations with Latin America. What has the initiative achieved in Latin America? How should China deal with the hurdles when implementing BRI in the region? Global Times collected the opinion of four…

New Zealand Companies investing in South America

If the New Zealand agribusiness experience is anything to go by, Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has good reason to be paying close attention to beefing up our farm trade prospects in South America. Mr Littleproud has been in Argentina and Brazil for the past week pushing for market access for Australian exports. The visit has included…

Latam Investor Q3 2018 Report

With 80% of the region’s population going to the polls in 2018, this year was always going to be seminal for Latin America. With elections in Chile, Mexico and Colombia already completed we can now see some outlines appearing on the political map of Latin America for the next few years. Meanwhile, with commodity prices from copper to oil moving upwards, the economic…

The Overwhelming Case for Chile’s Private Social Security System

The United States and other western nations became rich during the 1800s thanks to a combination of rule of law and very small government. Sadly, very few nations – most notably East Asian tiger economies – have become rich in the modern era. Yes, some other countries have grown, but they are not on a path to converge with…

Powers of Attorney in Chile

A power of attorney can be executed for just about anything in Chile. Powers of attorney should be limited in scope to particular tasks or goals, and they MUST be drafted by a qualified attorney. A poorly drafted power of attorney, after getting all the proper authorizations outside the country, can ultimately be rejected or accepted by each notary, government office,…

Chile Temporary vs. Permanent Residency

“Temporary residency” (residencia temporaria) refers to the time you must be physically in Chile within a one year period, before qualifying for permanent residency (Permanencia Definitiva). For most visa types, this time is 180 days, within a one year period. These do not need to be consecutive days physically present in the country but must…

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…

Chilean Accounting and Tax Compliance Requirements

The legalities for running a business in Chile are similar to those of other Latin American countries. However, there are a few differences concerning taxes, documentation, and licensing that are important to note in your research of Chilean business practices. Tax Rates Chile has four main taxes: Value Added Tax (VAT), Stamp tax, Customs duties,…

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,…