The Uruguayan Forestry Miracle

South America is highly diverse in ecosystems: rainforest, desert, mountain forest, dry forest, native pastures, wetlands, peatlands, grasslands, and mangroves create a melting pot of landscapes. Despite this diversity, the Amazon rainforest, which spreads across almost a third of the continent and occupies nine countries, tends to steal all the headlines. Last year, deforestation in Brazil increased by around 30%, the largest in a decade, while Argentina has lost 2.8 million hectares of native forests…

What are the restrictions on buying farmland in Uruguay?

1: Current Real Estate Ownership Restrictions in Uruguay Can foreigners own and occupy real estate in Uruguay, including shares in property-owning companies? Are there any restrictions? By Uruguayan law, any individual or legal entity may own real estate regardless of nationality or place of incorporation. However, specific regulations for agricultural land and rural exploitations require owners to be individuals or Uruguayan corporations with registered shares owned by individuals. Authorization from the Executive…

11 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell, even in a challenging market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all your boxes comes down to your relationships with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Ask to be on their mailing list if you are not already. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to…

A Snapshot of Uruguay Agricultural Opportunites

Uruguay is one of the most reliable countries for doing business in one of the world’s leading economically attractive regions.A solid track record and its high potential to improve and develop regional business are just some of the reasons whyglobal and regional companies choose Uruguay as a hub. Agribusiness Uruguay offers attractive investment opportunities in several sectors, including dairy, meat, grains, oilseeds, fruit and wool. These industries are highly competitive and export-oriented,…

Two-thirds of high-net-worth individuals investing in Uruguay are Argentinean: What do they know?

The sector of investment advisors and portfolio managers in Uruguay grew in the number of clients and employees last year. This sector currently manages the money of 36,170 clients, 63% of whom are Argentine, with a total of US$ 28.93 billion invested in different instruments. Data released by the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU) shows that at the end of 2022, there were 67 portfolio managers and 106 investment advisors in the country. This is an increase of 10 from the previous year. Portfolio managers are legal…

BBVA Research: Uruguay Economic Outlook 2023

After the pandemic and the end of the construction of the third pulp mill, the Uruguayan economy faces a couple of years of moderate growth. However, in the long term, recent improvements in the sovereign risk rating reinforce the institutional quality and strength of the country’s macroeconomic fundamentals. Key points About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America is an independent Brokerage and Advisory company committed to helping foreign investors to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay,…

According to the Big Mac Index, Uruguay’s currency is the most overvalued globally.

The Big Mac Index was developed last month, following June, which had the lowest monthly price decline in the 15 previous months. The Big Mac Index for Uruguay According to The Economist, a Big Mac in Uruguay costs 259 pesos, which is equivalent to approximately $6.86. The same hamburger costs $5.58 USD in the USA. On the other hand, it is the 22.9% highest-priced hamburger in the country. The previous index showed that the local currency had a value of 27.8% higher than what was considered to be its “balanced”…

The four important lessons that Uruguay can teach the rest of Latin America

The region’s strongest democracy offers many lessons, including the value of a robust social safety net. It was a scene that inspired admiration, and not a little envy, throughout Latin America. At the inauguration of the president of Brazil on January 1st, 2023, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, not one, but three presidents of Uruguay were present: the current president, Luis Lacalle Pouas, well as the former presidents Jose “Pepe” Mujica (2010-2015) and Julio Maria Sanguinetti (1985-1990; 1995-2000),…
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