Economics, Finance & Trade

In recent years, economic opportunities have become the main force driving relationships in the Western Hemisphere. While political cooperation has stumbled, robust trade and financial engagement have been shown to be the best foundation for stronger partnerships between the countries of the region. But Latin American nations face enormous challenges in strengthening their international competitiveness, assuring their position in global finance and trade flows, and achieving equitable growth.

The Inter-American Dialogue seeks to encourage further economic integration and cooperation by building a better understanding of the major trends affecting trade, foreign investment, and economic development in the Americas.


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[Les sanctions des États-Unis] ont aggravé la situation, en bloquant les investissements des compagnies pétrolières privées et en fermant la plupart des marchés où le Venezuela pouvait vendre son pétrole. Elles ont également rendu plus difficile l'importation du pétrole léger nécessaire au mélange avec son brut lourd.
US sanctions have exacerbated the situation [in Venezuela]—sanctions have blocked private oil company investment, closed off most markets for Venezuela to sell its oil, and made it more difficult for the country to import the light oil needed for blending with its heavy crude.