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The first solar energy project for Agro to receive Argentina’s fiscal benefits is operational in San Luis

The first “behind-the-meter” solar power plant for an agricultural establishment in Argentina is already fully operational. Though the project required more than three years of analysis while the energy laws, regulations and policies were evolving, once the corresponding scopes were defined, approvals obtained, and materials delivered, the two-hectare solar project was completed in one month and has been operational since the beginning of September 2019. The solar plant was developed for a cattle…

Chile has the best Pension System in the America’s

The Netherlands and Denmark have the best pensions systems in the world, according to a global study that shines a light on how nations are preparing ageing populations for retirement. The countries took the top two slots in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index published on Monday, both earning an A grade for the level of financial security provided in retirement. Australia came in third, with a B+ grade, and the top 10 was rounded out with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore,…

Argentina profile – Timeline

A chronology of key events: 16th century – Spanish colonisation of the River Plate coast and inland areas begins. 1774 – Spain settled the Malvinas Islands. 1776 – Spain establishes separate Viceroyalty of the River Plate. 1806 – First English Invasion of Buenos Aires. British force of 1,500 men under Colonel William Carr Beresford occupied the city, for about six weeks until surrendering in mid-August. 1807 ( July) – Second English invasion of Buenos Aires. The British…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil…

Now is a Great Time to Invest in Latin American Mining

For centuries Latin American mining has captivated international investors. Tales of Birú, a magical gold-laden land that we now know as Peru, were enough to convince Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro to lead a risky expedition against the Incas. In the short-term the mission was an outstanding success with Pizarro ransoming captured Inca emperor Atahualpa for 13,000 pounds (lbs) of gold and twice as much silver. In today’s prices that is almost $3billion worth of gold though the silver…

Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic…

New Cancer Centre in Neuquen – Centro Oncológico Integral (COI)

The Comprehensive Cancer Center in Neuquen, the only one in Latin America with cutting-edge technology for the comprehensive care of cancer patients, from diagnosis to the end of treatment. The Comprehensive Cancer Center (IOC) of Neuquén made a quality leap in the treatment of patients suffering from cancer. Days ago, the first high-tech radiosurgery was carried out, which not only ensures the patient’s well-being but destroys the tumor in a few sessions. This method is not only unique in the…

The world’s first Charcoal-Rot resistant peanut has already had an official endorsement in Argentina

The National Seed Institute (Inase) issued resolution 108/2019 in which it ordered “the registration in the National Registry of Cultivars and in the National Registry of The Property of Cultivars, of the phytogenetic creation of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.) EC – 191 RC (AO), requested by the company El Carmen SA”. Expressed in technical language, it may be seen as unimportant to the general public. However, this is fundamentally big news for the future of manisera production in Córdoba…

Argentina rejects reform?

After a crushing defeat for Macri in August’s primaries, most Argentines expect a win by the opposition left wing Peronists, who first came to power in 1946 under the populist general Juan Perón and, as the country’s dominant political force, who have overseen much of Argentina’s deterioration during the past half-century from its covered position as one of the richest in the world earlier that century. Nowhere is this more evident than in Villa 31 in Buenos Aires, which, situated around…

Properties. Where are the most expensive and cheapest neighbourhoods in Greater Buenos Aires

Gran Buenos Aires ( B.A. Province ) is home to almost 10 million inhabitants and many differences in property values. The scenario in 2019 shows the lowest values in some localities in the South, and peaks in Northern such as San Fernando, with numbers coming to exceed the prices of the prefered points of the Capital. The difference between the two ends can be more than seven times. The data is derived from the publications made on the Zonaprop site. According to a survey of the portal, the most exclusive neighbourhood…

Lithium battery dreams get a ​rude awakening in South America due to nervous​ investors

Lithium refining and battery-assembling facilities could help kickstart economies. But so far, public and private initiatives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile have failed to deliver even a single lithium cell factory. And none are set to be built through 2025. South America controls about 70 percent of the world’s reserves of lithium, the metal used in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones and electric vehicles, but none of the infrastructure needed to put it to work. Lithium refining and…

Mercado Libre Starts Accepting Payment in Bitcoin in Brazil

Mercado Libre decision to accept Bitcoin is a major breakthrough, as it gives legal status to cryptocurrencies. There are more than 3,000 stores or brands within Libre’s ecosystem in the region. Brazilians can now pay in Bitcoin for the goods they purchase through Latin American e-commerce site Mercado Libre. The online retailer has partnered with Atlanta, Georgia-based payment services provider Bitpay to enable the service on its platform. Mercado’s decision to accept Bitcoin…

Why Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States of America, is a hero in Paraguay

While President Hayes is a hometown hero in Delaware in the USA, in the South American nation of Paraguay, he’s a household name. The 19th president of the United States has an entire Province in Paraguay named “Presidente Hayes,” whose capital is called “Villa Hayes,” or Hayesville. That’s not all November 12th is a provincial holiday in Presidente Hayes. There’s also a Villa Hayes Elementary School with its own bust of Hayes, a soccer team named after him, and a Paraguayan…

Buenos Aires Classic Styled Racecourse

It was one of the first places in Argentina where all the social classes were mixed together. Towards the end of the 19th century, horse racing was one of the main collective attractions of the inhabitants of the City of Buenos Aires. They say that on the day of their inauguration, on May 7, 1876, around 10,000 people were able to see the first race on the track that today has been witnessing the history of the Argentine turf. The racecourse of Palermo was a major event for the society in its hayday. There,…
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