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Designing Resilient Infrastructure in Latin America
Chile

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Natural disasters and climate change put pressure on budgets in infrastructure development. This report explores the cost of natural disasters on basic infrastructure in Latin America, and underlines what countries and companies are doing and should do to develop resilient infrastructure.

Brazil's Pre-Salt Comes of Age
Brazil

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Brazil's deepsea pre-salt area, along with Argentina's Vaca Muerta, is the most talked about oil and gas deposit in Latin America. This report explores a new series of pre-salt oil rounds in Brazil, along with regulatory changes in its oil industry, and assesses both the challenges and risks to the deepsea oil region.

Zinc in Latin America: Strong Prices Driving New Wave of Projects
Bolivia,Brazil,...

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Zinc prices have finally rebounded after a long downturn, surging 38% in 2017 to their highest annual average in a decade. The turnaround is driving investment in zinc projects in Latin America, with stalled greenfields being reactivated and a growing junior interest in primary zinc.

The Future of Hydropower in Latin America
The LatAm Startup Ecosystem: Much More than Slick Pitches

The LatAm Startup Ecosystem: Much More than Slick Pitches

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In recent months there has been an uptick in Latin American startup acceleration programs launched by corporations from verticals outside the tech world. These include Mexican cement producer Cemex, insurance firm Sura, metals producer Nexa Resources and Brazilian conglomerate Andrade Gutierrez. Rather than implying competition with the traditional tech-focused accelerators like Y-Combinator or 500 Startups, this development demonstrates how the startup community is truly becoming an ecosystem, offering even more scope for partnerships between finance providers, mentor groups and firms from specific verticals. Latin America's economic turbulence in recent years has not been a deterrent, and investors from outside the region have no qualms about participating in this ecosystem.

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts
Peru

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts

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The performance of the Peruvian banking system has moved in line with economic growth. The loan portfolio is recovering part of the pace lost in the last two years and profitability levels at the main banks remain healthy. However, political instability raises questions about the sustainability of the ongoing economic recovery. Read this report to understand the Peruvian banking system in the context of the political crisis.

Oil and Gas in Argentina: Production Slowing, but Investment in Vaca Muerta Up
Colombia Makes Renewables Push
Colombia

Colombia Makes Renewables Push

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Colombia is looking to diversify its hydro-centric matrix. Read this report to learn about all the many changes in the Colombian energy system, and what to look for in the years ahead.

Pension Systems Under Fire: The Reform Debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru
Argentina,Brazil,...

Pension Systems Under Fire: The Reform Debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru

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Quick demographic change - the number of people aged 60 or older will exceed for the first time that of children and adolescents under 15 in 2036, according to ECLAC - and the high rates of informality in the labor market in Latin America are combining to put increasing pressure on pension systems. Read this report to understand the heated pension debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru.

Venezuela: Last Jewel in the Global Mining Crown?
Venezuela

Venezuela: Last Jewel in the Global Mining Crown?

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Nationalization, asset seizures and non-payment of arbitration claims under President Nicolás Maduro have made Venezuela a toxic environment for mining investment. But multinationals continue to circle, attracted by the country's enormous mineral wealth, and in particular, gold resources exceeding 60Moz.

In Colombia, Candidates for Presidency Promise World of Infra Projects
Colombia

In Colombia, Candidates for Presidency Promise World of Infra Projects

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Colombia has been lauded for its 4G highway program, but recently has come under fire for corruption in its infrastructure sector. Read this report to understand the state of Colombia's infrastructure, and to get a sense of what candidates in the general election are proposing, should they win the May 27 election.

Telecom Infrastructure in Perspective
Regional

Telecom Infrastructure in Perspective

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A quick search of our story archive using the term "fiber" reveals 17 stories in January alone about operators or governments making announcements relating to new projects. The same search for January 2017 reveals eight such stories Similarly, the constant talk of IoT and the mobile data explosion means stories about 4G expansion and even preparation for 5G are regular features in the news. Governments bear this in mind when looking at the connectivity component of their digital agendas, and most countries have thought about how to bring broadband to neglected areas, giving dual attention to backbone expansion and ways to facilitate the entry of access network operators. This report uses the BNamericas Telecom Infrastructure features from 2017 as the basis for comparing Latin America's leading markets in terms of these various types of network infrastructure.

White Gold Rush: South America's Lithium Triangle
Argentina,Bolivia,...

White Gold Rush: South America's Lithium Triangle

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Lithium prices nearly doubled in 2017, driving up profits for producers and further encouraging the growing contingent of junior companies, particularly in Argentina, seeking to cash in on the coming surge in demand from electric vehicles. But the size and strength of this boom remains open to debate. And with newly expanded quotas for Chilean producers, the coming years could see booming supply as well. This report seeks to evaluate the current state of the lithium market and profile the supply side from South America's "Lithium Triangle."

The Impact of the Odebrecht Scandal on Peru's Massive Infrastructure Plan
Peru

The Impact of the Odebrecht Scandal on Peru's Massive Infrastructure Plan

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Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski narrowly escaped impeachment in December, but this does not mean things will get easier for his government. The Odebrecht affair has had repercussions throughout the economy, with the infrastructure sector hit hardest. Read this report to understand the exact extent of this, and about the state of infrastructure in general in the country.

Argentina's Banking and Insurance Industries in Recovery
Argentina

Argentina's Banking and Insurance Industries in Recovery

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Despite inflation and an annual interest rate of 28%, the financial sector in Argentina is beginning to regain the trust of a society that has viewed it with disapproval following crises such as the 2001 freezing of accounts. Read this report to understand the current state of Argentina's banking and insurance industries.

Battery Storage in Latin America: The Next Big Thing?
Regional

Battery Storage in Latin America: The Next Big Thing?

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As renewable power plays an ever increasing role in energy systems in many countries in the region, and as energy systems become more complex, so too does the need for stable power options like batteries. Read this report to find out about the state, size and challenges of the battery storage market in Latin America.

Oil and Gas in Colombia: Better Times Ahead
Colombia

Oil and Gas in Colombia: Better Times Ahead

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After two years of decline, oil production in Colombia should rise this year, helped by better prices and a new scheme for the allocation of areas, among other regulatory changes. Read this report to find out about the state of the oil and gas industry in Colombia, and to get a sense of where it is headed.

Wi-Fi and Small Cells Prepare the Path to 5G
Regional

Wi-Fi and Small Cells Prepare the Path to 5G

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More and more Latin American governments are launching programs to provide free Wi-Fi in popular locations, almost certainly thinking in terms of providing basic internet access to those without it, rather than satisfying the general consumer's lust for bandwidth. The well-publicized government initiatives perhaps divert attention away from the telcos' own efforts to deploy alternative network infrastructure that can bolster their capacity to meet demand for mobile data. There have been sporadic announcements of operators turning to Wi-Fi or small cells in specific circumstances like buses or subway systems, but blanket, high-capacity coverage is without doubt something that they are planning for and investing in. In this report BNamericas talks to operators and system vendors to gauge the general status of this vision.

Banking Survey 2018
Regional

Banking Survey 2018

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Read this report to understand what experts in the industry think about banking in Latin America for 2018.

Oil & Gas Survey 2018
Regional

Oil & Gas Survey 2018

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Read the report to get a sense of what is in store in oil and gas in Latin America in 2018, according to industry insiders.