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Local Conflicts and Natural Resources:
A Balancing Act for Latin American Governments

Conflicts over energy and natural resources are leading to social turmoil and posing serious challenges for investment projects all over Latin America. To better manage such conflicts, Latin American governments must step up their involvement in the consultation process and communicate more effectively with local communities about potential social, environmental and economic impacts, according to a new report by the Inter-American Dialogue.

To read the full report, click here.

Energy in Central America and the Caribbean

Photos by Larry Luxner

High electricity costs are a critical impediment to economic growth and competitiveness in Central America and the Caribbean, but efforts to expand energy integration and increase the use of new energy sources are advancing, according to a panel at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington. To read more about the event, click here.

See news coverage of the panel in The Tico Times.

Roundtable in Mexico City:
Mexico's Energy Reform and the Skills Gap

Mexico has no shortage of skilled workers but needs to better align the qualifications of its graduates with the needs of the energy sector, according to speakers at an Inter-American Dialogue roundtable in Mexico City on April 28. To read more about the roundtable, click here.

See news coverage of the roundtable in El Semanario, Notimex and Economí


The Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program seeks to improve understanding and communication on energy policy issues in Latin America through research, public events and roundtable discussions.  By producing balanced analysis and convening policymakers, corporate leaders and industry experts, the program informs and shapes policies that promote investment while encouraging economically, socially and environmentally responsible development of natural resources.


Lisa Viscidi, Program Director
Genaro Arriagada, Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Rebecca O'Connor, Program Assistant

For more information, contact (202) 463-2571.




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For more information on the Energy & Resources Committee, click here.


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