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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Aparte de Costa Rica, Centroamérica ha tenido una historia desastrosa, desde la independencia y antes. La historia ha sido una serie de derrotas y desastres para América Central, con pocos líderes decentes o gobiernos exitosos: regímenes militares brutales; dictaduras viscerales, tanto personales como familiares; corrupción endémica e incesante; crueles guerras civiles; intervenciones militares múltiples y mayormente dañinas por parte del gobierno de EE.UU., junto con continuas intrusiones políticas y económicas; niveles excepcionales de desigualdad y racismo abierto; negligencia continua y explotación de poblaciones rurales, y un papel creciente en el tráfico de drogas.
I don't expect any change in Venezuela...There's no sign [Maduro] is going to be ousted. But the government has many payments due this year, it can't get any more credit, and creditors may try to seize its assets and are considering trying to seize shipments.