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Fostering Latin America’s Digital Industries Through Regulatory Sandboxes

Ángel Melguizo, Lina Enriquez ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

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The Inter-American Development Bank recently released a study, which Netflix supported, that found that approximately $5.7 billion was invested in audiovisual production in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019. But in order to fully take off in Latin America, the industry requires more investment, new skills and smart regulation. This article focuses on so-called regulatory “sandboxes,” which could be a step toward improving regulation of the audiovisual digital sector.Read more +

China’s Renewable Energy Investment in Latin America

Ignacio Albe, Sarah Phillips ˙ ˙

Windmills on a cloudy day Pexels / Pixabay / CC0
Over the last few decades, China has become a major player in Latin America’s energy sector. As one of the world’s largest oil consumers, the Asian giant has provided oil-backed loans and equity investments in numerous countries with large oil reserves like Venezuela and Brazil. Yet increasingly, China has been expanding its footprint in the region’s renewable energy sector as well. Read more +

Chile’s Coal Phase-Out: Opportunities for a Just Transition

Sarah Phillips, Ignacio Albe ˙ ˙ Voces

Smokestacks at a power plant Nick Humphries / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Chile’s initiative to fully phase out coal generation by 2040 will be critical for the Southern Cone country to comply with its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. However, despite the urgency of slashing Chile’s emissions, ensuring that coal workers are not economically abandoned in the process exemplifies one of the main challenges for policymakers surrounding the just transition.Read more +

Chile’s Constitutional Convention: The Ascent of the Anti-Establishment Left and the Death of the Moderate Center

William Skewes-Cox ˙ ˙ Voces

Chilean protesters on the street in 2019 holding signs that say Daniel Correa / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The failure of the right to obtain sufficient seats for a veto, the near total rejection of the moderate parties that historically have governed Chile, and the stunning power of anti-establishment, independent leftists all point towards a Convention that will draft a thoroughly leftist new constitution.Read more +

Barbara Kotschwar Joins the Latin America Advisor Board

Erik Brand ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Kotschwar has joined the board of advisors of the Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor publication. Kotschwar is the executive director of the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, where she heads a team of experts in the fields of payments, economic policy, technology and security…Read more +

It’s time to restore asylum protections for domestic violence survivors at the US border

Catharine Christie, Sofia Lalinde ˙ ˙ Voces

Female asylum seeker sitting in front of a fence Daniel Arauz / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The intersection of domestic violence and migration in the Northern Triangle necessitates the protection of survivors seeking asylum. Biden’s stated commitments to gender-based issues and promises made on immigration reform prior to the election call on the administration to immediately restore asylum protections for domestic violence survivors.Read more +

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