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What Tom is drinking now!! Yerba Mate

Tom a good friend of GTSA from Panama recently visited South America, and started drinking Mate whilst in Argentina which now it has become a regular afternoon delight! Here is his story. There are some Argentine customs we wish we could incorporate into our daily routine—midnight steak dinners followed by five hours of dancing? If only. But yerba mate, the national drink of Argentina, is something we can definitely get on board with. Not quite coffee and not quite tea, yerba mate is trending in a major…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published on any database, there are relatively few transactions that close within a two year time frame, and there is no defined market area. Due to the uniqueness of ranches,…

German Agri Terra Group offers investments in Paraguayan agriculture

Founded by brothers Carsten and Michael Pfau in 2012, the Munich headquartered investment advisor Agri Terra has grown into a global player regarding investment opportunities in Paraguay.  Hundreds of clients have used the services of the fast-growing company in order to participate in projects such as cattle breeding, orange plantations or vegetable production in greenhouses in Paraguay, a landlocked country in the heart of South America. Based on the ongoing support from its investors, Agri Terra now finds…

☀ South America Land Prices Review

Free pasture cattle, Uruguay
South America Land Prices Reviewed In the Central American and Andean countries, fertile farmland has never been very abundant, and some of those countries also have restrictions in place regarding larger land holdings by foreigners. Ie Argentina *, Brazil * and Uruguay. * Current policies under review for removal or change. Foreigners have bought large tracts of land over the last few decades in these regions, due to the previous low valuations and absence of restrictions in the following regions: –…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From a recruitment perspective, the biggest mistake would be choosing a less than ‘best in market’ agency to commence your career with. “You learn so much in your…

Australian Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Growing Commercial Opportunities

Latin America has not traditionally been Australians commercial jurisdiction of choice, with regions such as Asia and Europe taking precedence. However, times are changing, and it seems that there has been a shift in commercial interest towards the large, diverse and often unexploited markets of Latin America.  The growth in commercial ties between the region is evident with the growth of groups/associations such as The Australian Latin American Business Council, The Australia Trade Commision in Latin America…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

Energías Renovables en Argentina
With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications towers are popping up on farms and grazing properties from northern Queensland through to Tasmania, providing producers with a steady, passive income stream, particularly valuable now as…

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption.

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption. Latin American NGOs Team Up to Launch Bitcoin Awareness Campaign Non-government organizations Bitcoin Argentina and Bitcoin Americana have begun ‘Bitcoineta‘ –…

China’s Belt and Road has rich potential in Latin america

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and it is acting as an important driving force for China’s relations with Latin America. What has the initiative achieved in Latin America? How should China deal with the hurdles when implementing BRI in the region? Global Times collected the opinion of four experts at a forum on the subject organized by The Charhar Institute. Lü Fengding, chair of the International Advisory Board of The Charhar Institute Latin America is rich…

Agricultural Remote Sensing Market Map: 20 Remote Sensing Startups and the Varied Data That Fuels Them

There are many agtech startups that use remote sensing technology for different precision farming applications. Some try to provide a field-level analysis using drones or airplanes, while others develop large-scale macro analytics using globally available satellite data. To some extent, it is possible to connect airplane or drone-based data with field-level information, and drone-based data with satellite data. Indeed, some of these companies try to combine multiple sources and build intelligence around it.…

Understanding China’s view of the world

  Yukon Huang is a senior fellow with the Asia Program. He was formerly the World Bank’s country director for China and earlier director for Russia and the Former Soviet Union Republics. He is an adviser to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and various governments and corporations. His research focuses on China’s economy and its regional and global impact. Huang has published widely on development issues in both professional journals and the public media.…

China-Latin America trade enters a new era

Chinese and Latin American ties have entered a new era with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Chile, Uruguay, and through the second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and CELAC. The multilateral framework will initiate further collaboration under the Belt and Road Initiative and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, laying a solid foundation for the upcoming China-Latin American Forum this year. Presently, sluggish economic growth and dynamic political volatility, coupled with a steadfast…

Doing Business in Latin America: Common Cultural Stumbling Blocks

Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino outlines the four most common cultural stumbling blocks doing business in LatAm. TCO International Director David Trickey sat down with Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino (Director of Iceberg Cultural Intelligence) to talk about Latin America: it’s scope, it’s surprising diversity, and what it takes to be successful working in the region. Iceberg is the leading Latin American consulting firm in the development of cross-cultural competencies and in the strategic…

LatAm Investor – Latin America Loves Trade Deals

What happened? Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy. Against the backdrop of President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal and doubts over the future of NAFTA, the CPTPP shows that Latin American nations still have an appetite for trade agreements. The strong Latin American showing in the CPTPP…

Chinese investment in Latin America

As São Paulo hosts the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018, it is time to consider China’s important influence on economics and business in the region since the Forum’s last meeting in Brazil, in 2011. With foreign trade worth $4 trillion, China is the world’s most important trading country. Besides the US, it is also the most important trading partner for 100 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. During South America’s golden decade from the early 2000s, the region…