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Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina get best marks in Latin America for the pandemic response – poll

Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina are the Latin American countries that earned the best grades for their response to the coronavirus, according to a poll conducted in the region and released on Friday, while Brazil was tagged as the worst performer.  The survey by the consulting firm Trespuntozero, to which Reuters had exclusive access, shows that in eight of the 10 countries in which the study was conducted, the respondents considered Uruguay one of the best controllers of the pandemic.  According to the…

Millionaires in Latin America Weigh Moving to Sidestep Tax Grab

Millionaires across Latin America are looking to leave their home countries as governments strive to fix public finances battered by the Covid-19 pandemic with higher taxes on the wealthy.  Some are ready to move, with families in tow, as far as Portugal. Others prefer jurisdictions closer to home, such as Panama and Uruguay, which are positioning themselves as convenient locations for the emigrant rich. “When wealth taxes are on the rise and legal certainty is being undermined it leads the families…

PERCEPTIONS ON DOING BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA: CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FOR FUTURE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES

In June 2020, the Biz Latin Hub team launched a survey asking for information about individuals’ perceptions about doing business in Latin America. We received a range of responses from 75 business owners, executives, government officials and other specialists operating in over 40 countries worldwide. 57.3% of respondents are considering expanding into the region in the future, with many expressing cautious optimism at economies’ abilities to bounce back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what…

Uruguay’s COVID 19 success: ‘But we cannot cry victory just yet’

One of few countries in Latin America that appears to have the pandemic under control After attending a high society wedding earlier this year with more than 500 members of Uruguay’s elite, a well-known interior designer — just returned from trips to Madrid and Milan — tested positive for Covid-19.  The dramatic news was splashed all over the newspapers of the country whose windswept Atlantic beaches are a favoured party destination of the international jet set. The gravity of…

Beware, working from home has productivity pitfalls for companies

The three great enemies of working from home. A recent survey of mid-sized companies estimate that the productivity of customer-facing people had reduced by up to 25% as some do not have the technology to enable them to work remotely … some have sub-optimal home setups, and some have reduced availability due to childcare needs.  Family togetherness not ideal During the lockdowns, entire families were forced to stay home together much of the time. This not an ideal way to maintain productivity. On that…

Innovation and technology: essentials for business resilience in Latin America

The year 2020 has rocked the world’s economies like no other year in recent decades, especially in Latin America. Measures taken by different governments to counteract the spread of Covid-19 mandated millions of people to stay at home and thousands of businesses had to close their doors.  Now, as lockdown restrictions in certain parts of the region begin to ease, the impact of the pandemic on the business ecosystem is becoming evident, unveiling – among other things – the stories about those…

COVID: Working from home is not for everyone

Many bosses believe company culture can only be built only in an office environment and expect most staff to be working back in the office after the pandemic ends. A new survey of C-suite executives found 79 per cent of respondents expected that after the pandemic most of their staff would be working in the office most days of the week. That is despite another survey targeting employees that found 78 per cent of people enjoyed working from home. Of the 153 business leaders surveyed, from a mix of industries…

Brazil’s Elon Musk? Interview with Erasmo Carlos Battistella, CEO, ECB Group

Erasmo Carlos Battistella: Omega Green in Paraguay will be the first advanced biofuels plant in Latin America, indeed the first one in the whole southern hemisphere. It is an $800million project that will produce renewable diesel (HVO) renewable aviation fuel, also known as SPK. ECB Group already has two biofuel plants in Brazil, so we are used to building and operating complex renewable fuel facilities. Our existing plants make ethanol from maize or sugar cane and biodiesel from animal fat and all types…

Does the climate crisis threaten Latin America’s food production model?

As a global food supplier, the region must adapt land use to combat climate change, new IPCC report says With the largest amount of cultivatable land in the world, Latin America plays a key role in global food production. The region has experienced significant agricultural expansion in the last 50 years, increasing the cultivated area from 560 to 740 million hectares – with devastating environmental consequences. Much land today is deforested or degraded and its biodiversity decimated. Preventing further…

POST-COVID-19 PANDEMIC: WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE?

Precios de la tierra agrícola actualizados 2016
What’s ahead for agriculture after COVID-19? COULD THERE BE A CROP COVID? Before the COVID-19 outbreak, massive pandemics seemed relegated to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. So, could a COVID equivalent happen today in crops? There have been some ominous signs in recent years. In 2005, Asian soybean rust (which originated in Japan in 1902) ravaged Brazilian soybeans. Citrus greening (which has placed the future of U.S. citrus crops at risk) is caused by a bacterium spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. This…

The artificial-food debate has lost sight of the fundamental biological and physical sciences

In recent months Professor Keith Woodford has received many emails asking if he has seen the RethinkX report demonstrating how in ten years’ time animal proteins will have been largely replaced by artificial foods. By 2030, demand for cattle products will supposedly have fallen by 70%. At that time the global grasslands can be returned to nature. This is his response. Then this last week the emailers have been asking if I have seen George Monbiot’s report in The Guardian on how artificial…

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SOUTH AMERICA THE ‘NEW EPICENTRE FOR COVID 19’

The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 globally hit a record high on Sunday, the World Health Organisation said. The UN agency warned the pandemic appeared to be worsening, and has urged countries that had seen improvement to remain vigilant. “More than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing overnight. “Yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported – the most in a single day so far.” SOUTH…

The Future is here Now

Our children and grandchildren should read this and understand what will change as the future is here now. They must  keep their eyes open for opportunities and maybe leave law school before it is too late!! From Udo Gollub after the Singularity University Summit: This makes one think of the coming possibilities… In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen…

Los Lagos de Chile – 10 Region centred on the city of Osorno

Osorno is an important city and commune in southern Chile and capital of Osorno Province in the Los Lagos Region. It had a population of over 150,000. It is located 945 kilometres (587 miles) south of the national capital of Santiago, 105 kilometres (65 miles) north of the regional capital of Puerto Montt and 260 kilometres (160 miles) west of the Argentine city of San Carlos de Bariloche, connected via International Route 215 through the Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass. Osorno is a rural service centre for the…
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