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Banking on Migrant Money

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A new survey finds that migrant workers sent over $300 billion in remittances home last year. In the case of Latin America, the relatively low cost of cash transfers serves as a major factor in a high rate of remittance flows. A recent Viewpoints Americas proposes incorporating remittances into a larger model of expanding microfinance services. ... Read More

Brazil Wins Cotton Case, Promotes Biofuels

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva headed to Africa to promote a "biofuel revolution" just as his country won a victory in a World Trade Court case disputing U.S. cotton subsidies. During a recent AS/COA roundtable, Brazilian governors discussed biofuel opportunities. A hemispheric update examines Brazil’s energy policy at home and abroad. ... Read More

Entrevista con Carlos Villegas Quiroga

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

En esta entrevista exclusiva con Carlos Villegas Quiroga, ministro de hidrocarburos de Bolivia, el ministro promueve que “las empresas privadas inicien programas y proyectos de exploración conjuntamente con la empresa estatal Boliviana.” Mirando hacia el futuro, nota las condiciones necesarias para empezar un diálogo sobre temas energéticos con Chile y menciona que Bolivia tendrá una idea clara a mediados de diciembre sobre las inversiones de Petrobras. ... Read More

Ticos Vote in Favor of DR-CAFTA

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

In a recent referendum, Costa Ricans narrowly voted in favor of joining the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Costa Rica,the first country to hold a public vote on whether to join, was deeply divided. During AS/COA's Latin American Cities Conference in San Salvador, participants discussed DR-CAFTA as an engine for Central American economic growth.  ... Read More