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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La transición energética en Latinoamérica

La directora del Programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractivas, Lisa Viscidi, habló con el Comité Español del Consejo Mundial de la Energía (CECME) sobre el debate entre la privatización y el nacionalismo de los recursos en Latinoamérica y la transición energética. 

Presentation to Elcano Institute: Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, gave a presentation to the Energy Working Group of the El Encano Institute on clean energy auctions in Latin America and how their intelligent design could benefit other countries in the region. 

EV Uptake in the Caribbean: Lessons Learned & Future Recommendations

Electric mobility is gaining ground globally as technology costs fall, awareness is improved, and policies are increasingly aligned with environmental goals. Caribbean nations are well positioned to reap the benefits of electric mobility, concluded panelists at an event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and New Energy Events, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.


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Ces dernières années l'économie bolivienne était au beau fixe sous Evo Morales. Mais avec la chute des cours des matières premières, le gouvernement a été obligé d'emprunter davantage et puiser dans les réserves. Le modèle économique bolivien (basé sur l'exploitation des matières premières), qui a fonctionné durant des années, n'est plus tenable.
Nesse período [2000 – 2014], a maior parte da América do Sul experimentou um crescimento sustentável, com redução não só da pobreza mas, em alguns lugares, da desigualdade também. O Banco Mundial estima que 100 milhões de pessoas entraram na classe média. Esses 100 milhões da nova classe média então descobriram que, em um contexto de desaceleração da economia, o caminho da ascensão social estava bloqueado para eles. Não é surpreendente que a frustração e a raiva tenham se espalhado pela região.