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Three growing start-up cities in South America

Three growing start-up cities in South America Entrepreneurs take note! You want to take a look south of the Rio Grande for your next venture. Strong start-up culture is no longer limited to places like Silicon Valley, New York City and Austin, Texas. South American cities are gaining international attention for their robust start-up communities, low…

Californian dairy farmers concerned for their future

Dairymen in California have long seen themselves as the “star model for dairying” but they are far from creaming it. The current milk price of about US$13-16/cwt (1cwt = 0.0508 tonne) is about US$2 below breakeven for most farmers. They are four years into a drought and fear they will run out of water to grow crops to feed their cows. State…

Paraguay offers Incentives for Foreign Investments

Law 60/90 offers a fiscal incentives regime for national or foreign capital investment. According to Law 60/90, national or foreign investment projects that are approved for this regime will be exempt from the following charges: Fees and internal taxes on the imports of capital goods, raw material and inputs intended for local industry and foreseen…

The Born kidnapping in Argentina

History of the seventies still has to be written but Maria O’Donnell takes first steps with Born Some books have a way of marking a time, a moment in the history of a society. They might be novels or essays or reports on just about anything that concerns us. The impact is acknowledged as the pages are turned. One of these books could be the one that launched on…

Paraguay looks to grow soya sustainably

Paraguay looks to grow soya sustainable now that it is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of soy, much of which is shipped to the European Union.  Some of this acreage has a  certification scheme is in place to make soy production sustainable. It is the hope that this area will increase as people realise the commercial value in protecting the land…

The Mercosur becomes less important to Argentine Trade

Argentina “beggar thy neighbour” trade policies continue to damage the Mercosur Increase reflects administration’s efforts to boost ties with Asian giant as Mercosur trade drops. Exports to China soared in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, rising by almost 50 percent to US$384 million. President…

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor The project of a trans-continental railway, Atlantic to Pacific, using Chinese finance is not a new one. Argentina, Brazil and Chile had also tried to make such a plan work some years ago. However now it seems a new player Peru is at the forefront of a new plan. Along with Brazil using Chinese finance they are moving forward on a transcontinental railway that will cut across the continent, climb the Andes and connect port cities in the Pacific and Atlantic…

Rules for setting up a new Business in Argentina

The Business Associations Law (No. 19550) establishes a wide range of business association forms. The forms most widely used by foreign investors are corporations (sociedades anónimas or SAs as regulated under Argentine law) and limited liability companies (sociedades de responsabilidad limitada or SRLs as regulated under Argentine law). In these cases, unlike branch offices, liability is limited to the amount invested in the business. Unlike local companies, before foreign companies can set up a company or…

Argentine’s Real Estate sector is recovering

Public works and Procrear programme are helping industry recover after a long slump The construction and Argentine’s Real Estate sector appear to be exiting a long slump, raising hope they could provide some rare good news for the economy that appears to be dominated by red ink. The construction sector rose 5.3 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, an increase President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner noted yesterday during a national broadcast. Meanwhile, the…

Move to Chile if you are an entrepreneur or an Investor

Here is an interesting conversation between a group of Chilean business people and an American investor living part time in Chile. They were curious to understand his take on Chile as a foreigner. He told them that Chile is far from perfect. But there’s one very special reason why he spends so much time there. He said it is not some cliché that Chile is the most beautiful place in the world. There are countless beautiful places in the world and Chile is certainly one of them. In the north of Chile lies…

Chile returns to more authorodox policies

Policy Failures and Corruption Scandals force Change in Chile After last years Chilean elections the new administration implemented a number of socialist programmes and fiscal policies that turned Chilean from a star economy into one in near recession. This along with corruption and incompetence at the highest levels this resulted in the new President…

Paraguay as an Investment destination

Why is Paraguay becoming popular with investors ? Paraguay Investment options give foreigners excellent choices for the serious or smaller investor. Paraguay has all the  conditions in place to attract and retain investors from all over the world, not just South America. It has a stable democratic government and private property rights are respected in the constitution. With nearly 7 million inhabitants, Paraguay is a small but open economy. Over the past decade, the Paraguayan economy grew at an average of…

GTSA – Activity Update for April 2015

GTSA UPDATE Here is a short update on what is happening in GTSA in the past month. Argentina: Residential – Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires residential market is starting to move again with sales up 23.6% in March. Prices are down on past years. Farm Market: The farm market is showing a little more optimism with the belief that with the current administration…

Best Kept Secrets of Buenos Aires

Right now in the city of Buenos Aires, the hottest thing going are the many “secret” bars and restaurants otherwise known as speakeasies or closed door restaurants. The enchantment and intrigue has everyone whispering the names of bars like Frank’s or The Clubhouse,  as well as restaurants like Casa Coupage, Ocho Once or El Tejano. All are located in Palermo,…

Buenos Aires Real Estate sales show dramatic improvement

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Buenos Aires real estate sales rise 24% in March Marks first year-on-year increase in eight months and raises optimism of a recovery The number of real estate sales in Buenos Aires City rose 23.6 percent in March, compared to the same month last year, a rare positive sign that could be the first hint of a recovery for the slumped market.The…