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 cost of doing business and impressive pool of tech talent. Not to mention, a number of South American governments are taking action to make sure that their cities…

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 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has been making a concerted effort to increase ties with the Asian giant and that appears to have paid off in the first…

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…

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 gone in the upcoming elections reason might prevail and with that profits will return. Despite the obstacles in front of investors to buy they are…

Brazilian agribusiness push for reversal of foreign purchase bans

Brazilian farmers push for reversal of foreign purchase ban Be careful what you wish for… In what looks a sign of the extent of the reversal in agriculture’s fortunes, farmers in Brazil – which four years ago introduced restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland for fear of a wave of inward investment – are asking for the shackles to be loosened. The Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB), which represents large- and medium-scale farmers, has opened a legal battle to open up land purchases…

Is Argentina ready to do business with China Culturally ?

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Is Argentina ready to do business with China Culturally ? A Sinologist highlights the enormous importance of culture when it comes to doing business with the world”s second-largest power The enormous weight of the trade and infrastructure accords Argentina has signed with the People’s Republic of China there is a key factor too often overlooked: culture. Gustavo Girado, a former adviser to the Agriculture Secretariat under the administration of the late president Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) says that…

Populism in Latin America has reached a crisis point

      LATIN AMERICA like North America, has moved to the left over the past few years. There victories in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile and Uruguay were supposed to stand for prudent macroeconomic policies and the retention of the best of liberalising reforms of the 1990s, but combined with better social policies. Has yesterdays Populism  in Latin America now reached a crisis point ? In different ways and to different degrees, all correspond to the Latin American past tradition…

Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ?

  Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ? If there is one region in the world that competes with the U.S. as the world’s supplier of corn and soybeans, it is South America. There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) in the last three decades,and there is a large amount of available land left in Brazil once the rainforests have been cleared. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,…

Disruptive technologies in agriculture could usher in artificial milk and beef

              Disruptive technologies in agriculture are coming your way very soon. Get ready or join the dinosaurs. Would you buy artificial milk or beef if the price was right? United States-based entrepreneur and Stanford University lecturer Tony Seba was in New Zealand on Tuesday for a workshop on disruption technologies, which are new ways of doing things that disrupt or overturn traditional business methods and practices. He focuses on entrepreneurship, disruption and…

South America limits access to its resources for foreigners

          South America limits access to its resources for foreigners? The country of Uruguay, sandwiched between South America’s largest economies Argentina and Brazil, is taking steps to protect its farmland from unregulated foreign investment which to date has been Argentina and Brazil. It’s a familiar story. Powerful countries with money to spend and mouths to feed look outside their own borders for agricultural land. But this time, it’s not only Europe or North America…

Chile the economic powerhouse of Latin America

          A Rising Star By Mike Konrad Chile is now seen as the economic powerhouse of Latin America. When I first started to seriously study South America ‐‐ from a mix of curiosity and an attempt to relearn the high school Spanish that I had forgotten lo those many decades ago ‐‐ I fixed on Argentina as the one South American country with the greatest historical potential. On paper, Argentina should be world power. In reality, it is turning out to be Chile. Chile is remembered…

FACTA Regulations- Why Americans are giving up there Citizenship

FACTA – Why  Americans living in South America are giving up there Citizenship in Droves By Martha Myron With the announcement last week from one of our major local banks, HSBC Private Bank Bermuda that they would no longer support accounts owned by US citizens, Bermuda residents with dual citizenship with the United States, and green card holders living in Bermuda, the concerns elucidated in many of my earlier columns regarding US tax compliance have come to pass. Fortunately, Butterfield Bank Private…

Agriculture industry’s economic prospects have been turned upside down.

The grain industry, which was a beneficiary of the great commodity super cycle, may be slipping into an extended period of moderation in prices, due in part to slowing global economies like China and Europe. The economies of emerging nations, such as Argentina Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Uruguay – along with South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and Turkey – are slowing. While the weighted average gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of these nations in the first decade of the century was in the high…

Is it the governments job to grow the economy ?

With Elections due in Argentina, it might be a good time to look at the benefits of Big Government Parties. It may seem counterintuitive, but the researchers don’t actually think it’s the government’s job to grow the economy. Yet when many people think about economic growth, they conjure up an image of economists pulling policy levers to force it on people. Au contraire. Most economists, and pro-market liberals in particular, do not think along these lines at all. The government’s job is not to teach…

A country profile of Bolivia

Bolivia is a country of statistical extremes, landlocked Bolivia is the highest and most isolated country in South America. It has the largest proportion of indigenous people, who make up around two-thirds of the population. Though rich in mineral and energy resources, Bolivia is one of South America’s poorest countries. Wealthy urban elites, who are mostly of Spanish ancestry, have traditionally dominated political and economic life, whereas most Bolivians are low-income subsistence farmers, miners,…
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