Why Paraguay is LATAM’s new rising Star for Investment
Foreign investments in Latin America are increasing rapidly. With interest and funds coming from Asia, Europe, and North America, the region and its respective economies are growing in power and size. In 2017 alone, investments in Latin America and the Caribbean reached US$161 billion. For a while, Chile was the main recipient of so much money and attention.
However, there’s one country
Paraguay is now looking to get a piece of the investment action. This landlocked South American country may seem like a quiet player in the mix, but its economy and industry potential make it an ideal place for investments. Experts are saying it is one of the top three best investment destinations in Latin America. Previous economic sluggishness rose questions of market stability and profitability. However, nowadays investors can find plenty of opportunity in a handful of different industries in the country.
Paraguay has a complex economic history. However, since the mid 2000s, the country has been turning around their economic destiny.
Currently, the country is experiencing positive economic growth and predicts favorable market conditions to continue well into the future. A young workforce in the country right now means an innovative future ahead and ample exchange of ideas and skills. Moreover, this makes the job market more competitive, encouraging only the best of the best to get positions. Finally, it partially ensures the longevity and success of a country’s markets and keeps the market fresh and flexible.
In terms of absolute growth, Paraguay is experiencing positive economic expansion, and has been for some time. Already, the country is surpassing market growth rate predictions for the 2019 fiscal year. This points to further market potential and expansion in the future.
Good indicators for future success include the fact that the country held a fiscal surplus consecutively for the past eight years. Moreover, 26% of Paraguay’s GDP comes from international reserves. Together, these two conditions cushion Paraguay and its economy, should any international economic issues or recessions arise. They practically ‘lessen the blow’ to the overall economy. Additionally, favorable rates of return on investment attract investors. Experts say rate of return in the country can easily reach up to 30%, a no-brainer for any savvy business person.
International partnerships and agreements
Paraguay’s economic success is not acting alone. Much of the financial attraction that arrived to the country was inspired also by the country’s involvement in MERCOSUR. It is a regional trade agreement in South America, with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay serving as active members.
The trade bloc eases and encourages trade between the member and associated countries. Moreover, it works tirelessly to create agreements with the European Union and the United States.
Recently, after 20 years of discussion, the EU and MERCOSUR agreement was finalized. Now,
Investing in agriculture
Agriculture is a major part of Paraguay’s economy and offers many chances for investment. Currently, the country is a major exporter for Europe, Russia, and Chile. Goals to increase exportation to more of Asia and the Middle East is on Paraguay’s agenda.
Land for agriculture in Paraguay is relatively cheap and the government keeps taxes low, which encourages business and trade in the industry.
Investment in agriculture in Paraguay is
Source: Biz Latin Hub. (part of an article)
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