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

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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 author come some changes in appearance and focus, as well as the introduction of two Latin American countries in the Caribbean (Cuba and Haiti). The most obvious change involves the title to the document which will henceforth look forward to the year ahead instead of backwards. Thus, this 17th edition will be considered the 2016 LABER. However, this year’s LABER remains true to Dr. Terry McCoy’s original vision of providing a fair and accessible evaluation of the economic, social, political, policy and legal developments in Latin America over the past year that impact the region’s business and investment climate.* LABER is a publication of the Latin American Business Environment Program (LABEP) in the Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

Through graduate degree concentrations, courses and study abroad opportunities, LABEP (http:// www.latam.ufl.edu/research–training/la-business-environment) draws on the diverse expertise and considerable resources of the University to prepare students for careers related to Latin American business. It also organizes conferences, supports the publication of scholarly research and provides professional consulting services. CGR is a legal and public policy research institute at the Levin College of Law with research programs and grant projects in environmental law, social policy, international trade law, and democracy and governance. CGR provides academic and clinical instruction for law students, and public extension and information services through conferences and publications. CGR has a long history of collaborative work in Haiti, throughout Latin America, Europe and Africa. CGR (http://www.law.ufl.edu/areas-of-study/centers/cgr) hosts an annual “Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas Conference”, now in its 17th year.


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Authors – Brian Gendreau, director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program and Timothy McLendon.

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