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Air New Zealand services need to be restored at the earliest opportunity to South America

After Alice fell down a rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novel Alice in Wonderland she found herself in a truly mad, topsy-turvy world where she underwent startling physical changes including being shrunk to midget size.     Air New Zealand was one of the most celebrated and profitable airlines in the world before it suffered the same fate as Alice, after the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic collapsed its business and forced it to shrink alarmingly. With international borders…

The impact of Covid-19 on real estate

From residential to retail, offices to logistics, the long-term impact of Covid-19 When we decided on the theme ‘tipping points’ for our 2020 Impacts programme at the end of 2019, various topics were discussed: climate change, demographics, technology and many more. What we didn’t know is that we were about to be faced with a pandemic. Covid-19 changed the way we work and live almost overnight and is likely to have a long-term impact on real estate. As countries come out of their strict lockdowns but…

Savills Food Security Index measures how well a country provides sufficient, safe and healthy food

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Understanding food security has never been more critical. Climate change and extreme weather were testing food systems to their limits even before Covid-19 closed borders and shook labour availability. To give investors global context, Savills Food Security Index ranks 38 countries based on four pillars of food security: availability, access, utilisation and stability. Availability Ensuring an adequate supply of food. Greater weighting is given to domestic production due to reduced exposure to disruptive international…

Latin American economies in the race to the bottom

Prospects for Latin America are dire this year amid the paralysis in domestic activity; collapse in prices for export commodities; massive job losses; pullback in remittances; rising debt vulnerabilities; and limited scope by governments to adequately respond to the crisis. Consequently, our Consensus Forecast currently sees Latin America’s economy contracting 5.1% this year, which would mark one of the worst contractions in the continent’s history. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 7% Of the region’s largest…

Bringing up Children to be Bi or Multilingual is a must in todays interconnected world

Children raised bilingual or multilingual in the early days will mix languages. They make errors by using the syntax of one language and the words of another. (“Touch the guitar”, my old Spanish teacher’s daughter would say, instead of “Play the guitar”.) But these problems disappear quickly. By three or four, children reliably separate the languages, knowing which can be spoken with whom. Their fluency in each would be the envy of any adult language-learner. Many parents once believed that a second…

Pricing International Farmland

Farmland has been proven to deliver strong returns over time with its low volatility and its little correlation with other asset classes and the broader global economic cycle. Since 2001, U.S. farmland prices have risen by 6.8% p.a.,1while farmland in Poland has risen by 11.8% p.a. and in Brazil by 12.9% p.a. (in local currency terms). These return characteristics are proving attractive to many investors by providing diversification to their portfolios. Cropping farmland value is a function of farm income and…

Paraguay’s Finance Minister Explains How His Country Can Cope with Covid-19

How will your tax reform improve the system? Benigno López: I believe it was Churchill that said when you think about future generations you are doing the right thing. Well the benefits of this reform will be felt by my successor and the next government of Paraguay because it will take up to five years for it to achieve its full effect. Don’t get me wrong, the state’s tax take will increase next year, but there are many different mechanisms that this law improves and it will be between three to five…

Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In the depths of quarantine tedium, this writer unearthed two movies whose titles have an uncanny pertinence in these surreal times.  Readers well know that in the less than six months since the Covid-19 coronavirus infected its first unwitting human victim in Wuhan it has so far infected close to four million people and killed more than 272,000.  To break the chain of infection the citizens of many nations have been compulsorily quarantined (dubbed “lockdowns”) in time-heavy domestic limbos.…

Brazilian pork exports increase 43% in first-quarter

Official data shows that Brazilian pork exports have increased by 43.34% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019, with 11,660 tons. In the month of March alone, there was a 37.9% increase compared to March of 2019 when only 4,131 tons were shipped. The main markets are China and Hong Kong. When analyzing the data on broiler, however, the growth in the first quarter of 2020 compared to that of 2019 was more modest, with only a 6.64% increase, totaling 74,080 tons. When comparing March…

Update on Argentina’s foreign farmland ownership

The Rural Land Law (Law 26,737) and the Border Security Zone Law set out certain limits foreign ownership of rural lands that can restrict investment in the agribusiness industry  The Rural Lands Law limits the ownership and possession of rural land by foreign individuals or companies, irrespective of the use to which the land might be dedicated. Foreign persons must receive authorisation from the National Registry of Rural Lands to buy rural land. “Rural land” includes any land located outside…

Uruguay sees the region’s first 5G deployment

Uruguay enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, and the second highest fixed-line teledensity rate after Costa Rica. Mobile penetration is the second highest after Panama. In terms of computer penetration, Uruguay tops all other countries in the region by a considerable margin, and this has facilitated growth in fixed-line broadband adoption. The country has a strong focus on fibre infrastructure, which accounts for about 70% of residential fixed-broadband connections and almost…

Biggest South American Corporate Farm Groups

With agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of the long-term appreciation of farm property. As a result, investors from around the world are pouring a lot of funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record-high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. South America is today worldwide considered a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural…

Malaysian Tamil connection to the ski resort in Las Lenas, Argentina

  Las Lenas is located at an altitude of 2249 meters at the base and goes up to 3340 meters, above the tree line. The view from the top is spectacular. With this high altitude, it receives more snow in comparison to the other resorts such as Bariloche and Chappelco. While ninety percent of the skiers are Argentines, there are a lot of Brasilians too. They come in chartered flights from Sao Paulo direct to Malargue. The ski resort turns into a mountain resort in summer with adventure activities such as…

Covide 19 awakens a new customer base for Latin America’s e-commerce giants

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. MercadoLibre Inc, the region’s largest e-commerce marketplace, said it registered 1.7 million new customers from February 24 to March 22, up 28 percent from the same period a year earlier. While lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus have been a boon…

As virus cases surge, Brazil starts to worry its neighbours

Brazil’s virtually uncontrolled surge of COVID-19 cases is spawning fear that construction workers, truck drivers and tourists from Latin America’s biggest nation will spread the disease to neighboring countries that are doing a better job of controlling the coronavirus. Brazil, a continent-sized country that shares borders with nearly every other nation in South America, has reported more than 70,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths, according to government figures and a tally by Johns Hopkins University…
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