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Mining Snapshot of Australian Mining Companies in Latin America

Mining Snapshot of Australian Mining Companies in Latin America  Inca Minerals Inca Minerals has announced an exciting porphyry discovery at its Chanape tenement in Peru, a find that has also attracted very strong market interest. While Inca is still awaiting assays from its first two promising drill holes at, managing director Ross Brown likes what he sees: “I can say positively that each and every technical box has been ticked with respect this porphyry,” Brown told HighGrade. In terms of potential…

An Australian view of Latin America from a commercial point of view

At the time of writing this message I am half way through a month-long visit to Latin America and have already spent time in Colombia, Peru and Panama. It has been a hectic, but very productive visit and if I had to sum up my findings so far in one word it would be “opportunity”. Each of these markets is different, but they are amongst the fastest growing markets in Latin America and, from an Australian perspective, are linked by the fact that they have mining sectors that are receiving substantial inward…

GTSA searching for more Country Partners and Commission Brokers

Looking for a change – Join GTSA Company Description – Southern Cone Real Estate Specialists We are an independent company specialising in real estate brokerage and marketing advice for clients who wish to invest or sell properties in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  We specialise in leading edge marketing systems designed to speed up the traditional selling times of real estate in these locations. GTSA is a company that relies on the talents of its people to provide quality…

Chilean, U.S. Firms to Build Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant

Chilean mining company CAP and U.S.-based SunEdison have signed a deal to build a 100 MW solar plant in the Atacama Desert, a project touted as the biggest of its kind in Latin America and also one of the world’s largest. Once completed, the plant in that arid region of northern Chile will supply 15 percent of the CAP steel and iron-ore group’s energy needs. The first stage of the solar park will be inaugurated late this year, while some 270 gigawatt hours of clean electricity are to be generated in the…

Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations

Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations The Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo recently ran an article on the travails faced by Andrea Garoni Sucupira a São Paulo lawyer and mother of two children. She is finding it impossible to hire the live-in maid that traditionally takes care of everything in an upper class Brazilian household. Rather than taking on an informal empregada as her mother did, Andrea has found she has to go through professional agencies that require such things…

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013 LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists expect regional GDP to expand 3.7% this year, following an estimated 2.9% increase recorded in 2012. The stable figure reflects rosier prospects for Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, which were offset by downward revisions to Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. Meanwhile, growth estimates for Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico were left unchanged over December. For next year, the panel sees regional growth accelerating to…

New Zealand’s pension fund shops for offshore farm investments

New Zealand’s state pension fund is looking at buying overseas farmland amid growing demand for food in emerging markets, and it is also interested in assets offered by struggling European banks as well as catastrophe insurance. Crop, dairy and livestock farming operations in North and South America, Australia and Europe are potentially attractive, Matt Whineray, general manager of investments at the NZ$21 billion ($17.5 billion) New Zealand Superannuation Fund told Reuters in an interview. “If…

The Chinese give Latin America’s lessons on how they see the world

This article was written by Sean W. Burges, senior associate at the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and was published in The Australian on 5 December) JUST a few weeks after the Australian government launched its Asian Century white paper, the Brazil-China Business Council ran a major one-day conference in Sao Paulo to discuss the challenges and opportunities of China. While Australia received only passing mention, the larger context of the discussions…

Famed economist Tim Harcourt talks Peru, Latin America

Luis Davelouis Lengua for El Comercio Around here, listening to visiting international academics telling us that Peru is going in the right direction, that it is an example and that there is still much to be done has become commonplace, and therefore, obvious and boring. The well-known Australian economist Time Harcourt (author of the best-selling Airport Economist) is a very nice guy, who seems, at first impression, unable to say anything negative about anyone, even Hitler. Appearances lie. In your presentation,…

There is not enough farmland to feed the world

ABC By Lucy Barbour If you thought finding enough food to feed the world was a big problem, think again. An American agribusiness adviser the real issue is finding enough farmland to produce it. Philippe de Laperouse is the managing director of HighQuest Partners in St. Louis in the United States. He says the rising demand for high protein food from developing countries is putting pressure on production. “We’ve made some estimates where we think that anywhere between 65-80 million hectares of additional…

Chile and Brazil lead the Global Innovation index in the region

An international study released this week ranked Chile first among Latin American countries on the Global Innovation Index (GII), though Chile received mediocre scores in the area of education. The study, released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an international business school, and INSEAD, a research institution, ranked Chile 39th overall, one spot below its ranking last year. “Chile shows strengths across the board, with the notable exception of human capital and research,’”…

The Benefits of using Social Media Marketing in Real Estate

One of the most powerful tools to use but also the most expensive to operate is a company blog which is why so few small real estate companies can afford to use them. They take considerable time researching material for posts and the cost of quality journalists is not cheap.  However they do produce better results than Facebook and Linkedin, Twitter etc. To be effective you have to have a co-ordinated plan using all of the tools available. Facebook should not be your  focus unless you are selling to…

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future As we get older, it seems the hands of time are ticking faster. Every day that passes translates to one less day we have to fulfil our dreams. This is a realistic statement that begs the question: “What do we want to do with the rest of the time we have left on the planet?” For me, it’s easier to state what I don’t want to do and there is a list of behaviours and people I want to avoid: People who can’t make […]

Doing Business in South America – Country Winners and Losers

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Where do the region’s…

Latin America holds 42% of the world’s agriculture expansion potential

Source MercoPress Latin America is one of the few regions of the world where agriculture production can expand since it holds 42% of that potential globally, said Victor M. Villalobos Director General of the Inter American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA. In an interview because of the 70th anniversary of IICA, Villalobos underlined that Latin America is a net exporter of food and plays an important role when addressing the challenge of increasing world food production so as to guarantee…