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Toward a Freer Flow of Labor (with Rights)

Monday, June 30, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly Summer 2008

Labor rights have failed to keep up with the free flow of goods and capital. Here's a proposal to protect workers' rights and meet the demands of the U.S. labor market and the global economy. Read the full article in the Summer 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

The Andean Region at a Crossroads: Economic, Political, and Security Prospects

Monday, June 2, 2008

With tensions running high between some Andean countries, AS/COA convened a roundtable on economic, political, and security issues affecting the region. The discussion included a keynote speech by Ecuador's Minister of the Government and Police Fernando Bustamante. ... Read More

Improved Infrastructure: Latin America's Gateway to Global Markets

Monday, May 12, 2008

FedEx Express' Juan Cento warns that the while Latin America has experience its highest economic growth rates since the late 1970s, poor transportation infrastructure and regulatory barriers "undermine the region's competitive strengths." He suggests the development of public and private sector partnerships to boost regional infrastructure. ... Read More

Book Launch: Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

Friday, May 9, 2008

At the AS/COA book launch for Can America Compete?, a panel including the publication's contributions and co-editor debated whether Latin America's growth is sustainable and will allow the region to to break the cyclical boom and bust pattern that has historically characterized its economy. ... Read More

38th Washington Conference: "The Globalization of the Americas"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

The Council of the Americas held the 38th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas on May 6 and 7, drawing together a selection of the region's most influential officials—including the presidents of the United States and Panama—to address the most pressing policy issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Read more and access program summaries, as well as audio, from the conference. ... Read More

AQ Miami Launch: Trade and Social Mobility with an Update on Cuba

Thursday, May 1, 2008

At the Miami launch of the latest issue of Americas Quarterly, a panel moderated by Miami Herald columnist Andrés Oppenheimer examined Latin American social mobility and hemispheric trade policy, as well as Cuba’s economic outlook following Raúl Castro’s accession. ... Read More

Insurance and Credit Markets: Expanding Financial Access in Latin America

Monday, April 28, 2008

AS/COA’s second microfinance roundtable discussion provided an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for expanding its outreach in Latin America. The sector has favored a commercial approach as Latin American microfinance moves beyond the distribution of loans. ... Read More