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Piñera Surrenders, Will Accept New Chile Constitution

A new constitution is not only the beginning of the end for Piñera’s center-right government, but it is also the end of Chile as we know it While the socialist Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia, the Chilean government, through its Home Affairs Minister, announced that the process of creating a “constituent congress” had begun. In other words, politicians in the Chilean Congress have to draft a new constitution that is in line with current times and generate the “social…

Latin America’s Wild Economic History, Explained | The Wealth of Nations

The economic history of Latin America is filled with promise and tragedy. From Argentina in 1895 becoming the wealthiest country in the world per capita, to Venezuela in 2019 becoming the human rights crisis in the western world. Latin America is a land of incredible wealth and incredible corruption. Using the data from The Maddison Project and the power of Flourish. Studio’s visualization software, I tell the story of Latin America, from an economic perspective. From 1800 to modern times. This video…

Chile’s Success Story Is Difficult to Deny

Weeks after a 3.75% rise in metro fares in Santiago, Chile sparked violent protests by a small group of students that then generated more widespread disruption, mostly peaceful mass protests continue. Some observers have seized on the political crisis to make often-repeated claims that Chile’s free-market model has generated growing inequality and been fundamentally unjust despite having produced greater wealth. Yet such claims are difficult to square with the facts. Since its free-market reforms began…

Chile – Brutal Tax proposals impacting multinational entities

On 8 November 2019, the Chilean government reached an agreement with the Senate’s Finance Commission to strengthen the government’s social agenda. The three principles of such agreement are:1. To increase tax revenues to fund the Government’s social agenda. 2. To assist the aged population 3. To support SMEs from a tax perspective.  This agreement will probably also result in amendments to the original Tax Modernisation Bill submitted by the Government months ago, while other…

Myths and Truths of Inequality in Chile: To What Extent this explains the outbursts shaking this advanced country

The profound differences between the upper tiers and the rest of the population are presented as the unique cause of the phenomenal crisis that the country has been experiencing for the past three weeks. However, the statistics show a contradictory reality, which does not stand up to simplistic explanations. After the deep economic reforms implemented during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and since deepened since the return of democracy in 1990, Chile became a paradigm. For free-market advocates, it…

Chile created five national parks over 10 million acres in a historic act of conservation

Chile created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to the government in South America. The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law by Chile’s ex-president Michelle Bachelet in 2017, launching a new 17-park route that stretches down the southern spine of Chile to Cape Horn. McDivitt…

Don’t Slay the Chilean Puma

A rewrite of the constitution would destroy the opportunity for the poor. When Chilean President Sebastián Piñera cancelled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Santiago this month, he called it “a difficult decision that has caused us a lot of pain.” The pain for Latin America’s most successful economy is only beginning. Negotiations with terrorists and their political representatives seldom end well. Yet that’s what Mr Piñera seems to have…

Simón Bolívar’s legacy in Latin America

Simon Bolivar
To do business in Latin America often means having to contend with protectionist trade policies, and why this is so has been unexpectedly answered in an unlikely quarter. Netflix’s lavish new 60-episode historical drama, Bolívar, traverses the peripatetic life, loves and nation- building of one of Latin America’s Bolívar was the richest man in Venezuela after inheriting thousands of slaves, gold and silver mines and sugar and cacao plantations at the age of 13. foremost heroes,…

The crouching tiger targets Latin America

The Great Wall of China is purportedly the largest cemetery on earth, as it entombs the many millions of forced labourers and prisoners who were pitilessly worked to death during the Wall’s construction. The long line of emperors who kept extending the Wall between the 7th Century BC and1644 AD didn’t give a fig for its incredible cost in human lives as they rigorously suppressed individualism and prioritised geopolitics, national security and dynastic succession above all else, as the Communists…

Investing in Electric Vehicles in Chile

Latin America is one of the global leaders in green energy production. Just last year, Costa Rica ran for 300 days on 100% renewably-sourced energy. In 2016, 50% of Latin America’s energy production came from renewables. With such expertise in the industry, Latin American governments are increasingly initiating more electric transport systems. Leading this pack on EV uptake is Chile. Chile’s Energy Minister Susana Jiménez pledged that electric vehicles will account for 40% of private…

GOOGLE PLANS TO TRIPLE ITS CLOUD COMPUTING WORKFORCE IN LATIN AMERICA BY 2020

The tech giant Google expects to increase its customer workforce by three times to support cloud computing services in Latin America by the end of the year 2020.  At the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Google Cloud’s director in Brazil, João Bolonha said, “This growth has already started and we’ve been expanding teams in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.” According to Alphabet Inc.’s Google, its total capital expenditure globally hit US$47 billion (nearly…

Chiles stunning wealth, but poor services behind massive protests

The decision to add 30 pesos to the cost of a ticket on Latin America’s most modern public transportation system this month drew little attention inside or outside Chile, at first. People quietly fumed. A week later, high-school students launched four days of turnstile-jumping protests. Crowds of angry youths built up inside metro stations. It’s not about a 4-cent hike in subway prices With no warning, on the afternoon of Oct. 18, they set fire to stations, then trains. Then grocery, department…

Santiago is the 5th richest city in Latin America

Consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently ranked the richest cities in the world by measuring economic output and consumer buying power. Santiago ranked 53rd overall, but 5th among other cities in Latin America, after Mexico, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The survey ranked 151 major cities by dividing the city GDP by the purchasing power of each resident. Tokyo and New York took the top two positions by a high margin: according the report, Tokyo is worth US$1.2 billion and New York US$1.1…

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,…

Legal Representatives in Chile

For a person to qualify to be a legal representative of a company in Chile under Chilean law, the person must be an adult over 18 years of age and a permanent resident or citizen of Chile. They do not need to be an attorney, accountant, or even a partner / shareholder in the company; however, they may be such a person. They can simply be an employee of the company or volunteer third-party. Foreigners can not act as legal representatives of a company even if they own a majority of the company, until they have…
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