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Under Secretary Burns: Promoting Peace and Prosperity in Colombia

Monday, October 22, 2007

Addressing AS/COA members on October 22, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns discussed White House policy toward Latin America, particularly Bogotá. "The U.S. finds itself at a crucial crossroads in our relations with Colombia," said Burns, emphasizing the need for trade deals with that country, Peru, and Panama.  ... Read More

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