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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State of Charge: Energy Storage in Latin America and the Caribbean

Energy storage is a class of technologies that is diverse, complex, and rapidly evolving. Policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean will need to acquire a strong grasp of the technical characteristics and benefits of these technologies, the services they can provide, and the most relevant regional and power market applications for each technology, according to this report authored by experts from the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Electrification and Innovation Among Key Private Sector Strategies in Latin America’s Energy Transition

As the energy transition gathers pace and Latin American countries raise their emissions reduction targets, private companies are revising their business models to meet demand for renewable energy and other solutions. The United States has also reemerged as a partner on climate action in the region. This webinar explored the current and potential role of the private sector in Latin America’s energy transition and how the United States can provide support.

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Most companies are aware of all the problems with the policies [favoring the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over private sector renewable energy] and are not going to take the risk of building a new plant in Mexico.
La crisis sanitaria le ha brindado a China la posibilidad de asumir un papel más importante en la región y la ha aprovechado. Desde 2016, China ha intentado desarrollar una política hacia la región dirigida a compensar las deficiencias de los planes estadounidenses. Eso ha llevado a Pekín, a reforzar su papel en temas relacionados con el comercio multilateral, el cambio climático y las energías renovables.