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Unlocking Infrastructure Investment and Financing in Latin America
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Some of the largest economies in Latin America are dusting off infrastructure megaprojects that had been put on hold due to the corruption scandal of Odebrecht or falling commodity prices in order to kick-start investments, improve competitiveness and people's quality of life.

Rising Air Traffic in LatAm Requires More and Better Airports
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Latin America is set to triple its volume of air passenger traffic in 25 years. Current airport capacity is severely lacking and the region needs more than US$50 billion in new investment to meet demand through 2040. Read this report to understand current plans and to see what needs to be done in Latin America to meet airport needs.

Jump-Starting the Agtech Scene in Latin America

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Much as mining firms are building private mobile networks across their operations as the basis for IoT platforms, farmers can also reap benefits from deploying connectivity across their fields. Tech suppliers talk about connected farm machinery, sensors in the field to monitor crop health, and even connected livestock - all of which can be accessed remotely if connected to the cloud. As Latin American governments continue to run universal access programs targeting rural areas, the application of ICT in farming is looking more and more feasible all the time.

Chile's Power Sector in Rapid Evolution
Chile

Chile's Power Sector in Rapid Evolution

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The energy sector in Chile is experiencing a profound process of transformation, which largely is in line with the process of energy transition that the planet is experiencing, although it also has its own characteristics. Read this report for everything on the Chilean electric power segment.

Will the New Hydrocarbons Law Turn Around the Peruvian Oil Sector?
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Will the New Hydrocarbons Law Turn Around the Peruvian Oil Sector?

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There is a degree of confidence that the new hydorcarbons law to be debated shortly in Peru's congress will clear up some of the uncertainties that have slowed investment decisions. Along with the change in the regulatory framework, the hydrocarbons sector also expects the modernization of the Nor Peruano Pipeline and the completion of the Sur Peruano Gas Pipeline (GSP), two works that could unlock a series of other projects. Read this report to understand the state of Peru's oil and gas industry

Mining in Brazil: Breaking New Ground

Mining in Brazil: Breaking New Ground

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A series of new regulations and rising global metals prices are set to spur investment in Brazil's mining sector. The result of the October presidential election should resolve current political uncertainty and speed up sector growth.

AMLO's Plans for Mexico's Oil & Gas Sector
Mexico

AMLO's Plans for Mexico's Oil & Gas Sector

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Mexico's president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) faces many challenges in the oil sector, such as how to increase production, fuel processing and reduce gasoline imports, without sacrificing exports, a valuable source of government revenue. There is also a lot of doubt about how he will achieve these aims in the context of the energy reform he has often criticized. Read this report for more.

Brazil: Infrastructure Key Topic in Uncertain Election
Brazil

Brazil: Infrastructure Key Topic in Uncertain Election

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In Brazil around 7,000 infrastructure projects are stalled. Whoever wins the October elections will encounter numerous institutional, regulatory and budgetary challenges to get them moving. But what are the candidates saying about infrastructure? Read this report to find out.

How Peru's Financial Services Industry Weathers Political Storms
Peru

How Peru's Financial Services Industry Weathers Political Storms

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The Peruvian financial services industry is making a strong comeback this year despite major corruption scandals that led to the resignation of the country's president and the ousting of the justice minister. In this Intelligence Series report, we look at the fundamentals of the industry, as well as its near-term and future outlook.

Bright Ideas? AMLO's Electric Power Plans
Mexico

Bright Ideas? AMLO's Electric Power Plans

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Mexico's president-elect has given out mixed signals for the electricity sector, while his pick for the head of state utility CFE has provoked surprise and controversy.

Convergent Services in Argentina: Ironing Out the Last Few Wrinkles
Argentina

Convergent Services in Argentina: Ironing Out the Last Few Wrinkles

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Argentine telcos suffered more than a decade with their telephony prices frozen, and could well have got used to having to wait for legislative change. However, in the blink of an eye (relatively speaking) telcos have been authorized to add TV services and the merger of Telecom and Cablevisión has been approved. Still under discussion are the promises of allowing DTH services for telcos and spectrum for co-operatives, and these processes are still battling the sluggishness that we are more familiar with. But it's often the case that a change in one plane forces us to treat other areas differently, and the Telecom-Cablevisión merger could be one such lens in this market. And despite impressive service penetration levels in major conurbations, the government continues to address the task of connecting provincial towns through Arsat and improving ICT literacy across the population.

AMLO: Friend or Foe for Mining in Mexico?
Mexico

AMLO: Friend or Foe for Mining in Mexico?

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Mexico's left-wing president-elect Andrés López, or AMLO, will take the reins at a key moment for the country's mining industry, with a metals price-driven rebound beginning to gain traction. The Morena party leader's landslide election victory was driven by pledges to help the poor and tackle corruption. How he seeks to achieve these goals, coupled with his approach to areas such as workers' rights, the environment, security and taxes, will have a major bearing on the trajectory of Mexico's nascent mining recovery.

New Investment Opportunities in Highways in Latin America
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New Investment Opportunities in Highways in Latin America

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There are road opportunities in stable, mature markets with good investment climates, such as Colombia, Mexico and Chile today, but Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Argentina are also opening up with new projects and regulatory plans. Read this report for details.

Take Advantage: Newly Launched Investment Incentives in LatAm Energy
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Take Advantage: Newly Launched Investment Incentives in LatAm Energy

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Gas Energy Latin America (GELA) in this report for Business News Americas, analyzes and details the investment opportunities that could be realized in the next two to three years, based on the new incentives and privatization processes, sales of assets and formation of public-private partnerships in seven main economies in Latin America.

BigTech: The Coming Disruption of Latin America's Banking Sector
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BigTech: The Coming Disruption of Latin America's Banking Sector

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Not all disruptions are the same: while fintechs still depend on traditional banks and insurers for customer data and funding, tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Latin America's own MercadoLibre have deep pockets, are experts in data processing and analytics, and have a ready-made customer base in their marketplace or social network ecosystems.

Mining in Colombia: Fortune Favors the Bold
Colombia

Mining in Colombia: Fortune Favors the Bold

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Colombia's president elect Iván Duque has pledged to cut corporate taxes, lessen bureaucracy and reduce legal uncertainty for foreign investors. This is positive news for mining as the country has large, untapped mineral resources that require a stable regulatory framework to unlock their potential.

Offshore Latin America: Activity is Up, Despite Political Doubts
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Offshore Latin America: Activity is Up, Despite Political Doubts

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Higher oil prices, greater efficiencies, and regulatory adjustments introduced in several countries are driving new investment in the offshore areas of the region. The epicenter of activity is in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Brazilian pre-salt, but interest is also growing in Guyana, where discoveries are surpassing expectations. Read this report to understand the state of offshore in Latin America today, and where it is headed.

How Latin America's Ad Industry is Going Digital
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How Latin America's Ad Industry is Going Digital

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The advent of digital media has greatly increased segmentation of content, and hence segmentation of the consumers who view it. Our online activity leaves many clues as to what kinds of segment each one of us belongs to, and on platforms like Google and Facebook they are not even clues, but facts that we actively dictate to the system. With so many audience types, content types and media formats to distribute between so many brands, it was inevitable that technology would come to have a role in coordinating this market. This report describes how this process is playing out in Latin America.

Ecuador Opening Door to O&G Investment
Ecuador

Ecuador Opening Door to O&G Investment

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Ecuador continues to move towards a more market-based approached in its oil sector. Read this report to find out about the OPEC nation's latest developments, and to get a sense of what is next.

Building the Backbone: The Latin American Transmission Riddle