Over 30 esperts from India and Latin America analyze the future of cooperation between the two regions.
Institutions, exponential trade and equality in the age of algorithms.
What is the best way to reconcile flexibility and predictability within international trade agreements? Between October and November 2017, a series of sessions was held on the WTO and its role in the governance of the international trading system in the run-up to the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), which will take place in December in Buenos Aires.
A new edition of Nanomercosur was held in Buenos Aires, where scientists, entrepreneurs and public officials presented the main trends in nanotechnology in the region and the world.
A next-generation agreement that strengthens production- and investment-related ties
Two years ago, the WTO Agreement on Agriculture was reformed, eliminating export subsidies for these goods, which were a source of serious distortions to trade. The relative dynamism of these markets has brought about positive changes in negotiations, albeit at the margins.
This year, the Internet of Things will grow by 20% globally. This article examines the main applications for a technology that is still in its infancy and the industries where it is being used.
The preparatory workshop for the 11th Ministerial Conference took place at the headquarters of the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
The meeting took place in the city of Mendoza in Argentina and sought to develop a positive integration agenda for the two regional blocs.
INTAL has launched a new publication on the future of employment. The study contains contributions from 40 international experts.
A seminar on social innovation was held as part of the Inspira series of talks. It was attended by government officials and representatives from NGOs.
The development of portable electronics has been putting pressure on the lithium battery industry. This article looks at the projects underway in Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia, which have the largest global reserves of the mineral.
The EU’s recent agreements with Canada and Japan have put it at the forefront of the regionalization of global trade.
INTAL/IDB presented its study “The Millennial Beat. Generation Y in the Age of Integration 4.0. How Young Argentinians View Technology, the Future of Work, and Trade Ties with Latin America.”
Toward a Positive Agenda for Integration.
Demand is evolving very differently in the United States and the European Union. What impact is this having on the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean?
The UNASUR countries are continuing to work toward improving the physical integration of the region. At an annual exercise that was attended by authorities and technical teams from different relevant ministries, UNASUR members discussed progress on COSIPLAN priority projects and updated the project portfolio.
South American citizens can now access information on 581 regional infrastructure projects on the new COSIPLAN website.
The growth in global meat production is linked to a strengthening of supply capacities in emerging countries, including some in Latin America.
A new IDB report stresses that the value of exports grew at a year-on-year rate of 17% in the first quarter of 2017.
International trade in meat products has grown in recent years.
3D printing is on the rise, as are industrial applications of it. Last year, the total turnover for the industry was US$13.2 billion.
The FinTech industry is on the rise in Latin America. The main local players and new products.
Synthetic meat production is being put forward as an alternative to traditional livestock farming. A seminar organized by INTA and INTAL looked at what the process entails and the challenges ahead.
Agricultural trade between Mexico and some South American countries is one of the missing links in Latin American integration.
Countries in Latin America are diversifying their energy matrix and seeking to develop their wind power capacity.
Can trade agreements help reduce pollution through the adoption of best practices?
What trade incentives promote good environmental practices?
Strengthening environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: a look at the main challenges to improving environmental performance.
INTAL has presented a new publication in which 30 global experts put forward ideas on inclusive sustainable development, inspired by the papal encyclical Laudato Si’.
Small-scale producers from the MERCOSUR account for 5 million of the region’s agricultural establishments and supply most of its basic food basket. How can they use ICTs to improve access to financing, production, and logistics?
In 2016, the downward trend that had predominated among commodity prices since late 2014 began to level off. Which factors determined this shift?
Software companies from Latin America and the Caribbean are seeking to become exporters.
The Amendment of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) became effective.
Alejandro Ramos Martínez, integration and trade specialist at IDB/INTAL, and Fernando Vilella, director of the Department of Bioeconomics, Public Policies, and Prospectives at the University of Buenos Aires’ School of Agronomy, argue in MERCOSUR Futures how agricultural integration can leverage a competitive integration into global markets.
Fernando Lorenzo, director of Uruguay’s Center for Economic Research (CINVE), argues in MERCOSUR Futures that the challenges of climate change need to be integrated into the design of common development strategies.
Álvaro Ons, Uruguay’s secretary of productive transformation and competitiveness, puts forward in MERCOSUR Futures an agenda of feasible short-term initiatives to bring credibility to intraregional trade.
What is the future of MERCOSUR? A special publication was presented at INTAL-LAB. 25 years after the creation of the bloc, this report seeks to understand the new global challenges faced by integration and to establish a basis for a smart regionalism.
More and more people in Latin America and the Caribbean are using broadband mobile internet, but disparities between countries persist.
In its role as the Secretariat for COSIPLAN, The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) has redesigned the Project Information System (SIP) platform, which receives over 68,000 visits a year.
Through COSIPLAN, which INTAL functions as the technical secretariat for, South America is making headway on its commitment to transparency around high-impact infrastructure for development.
The latest technological advances that could play a fundamental role in protecting the environment.
COSIPLAN plans and implements infrastructure projects to improve physical integration and economic and social development for South Americans.
New tools and modern technology platforms are contributing to spreading COSIPLAN’s mission of achieving a better connected and more integrated South America.
The public opinion survey of more than 20,000 citizens in 18 Latin American countries carried out by the INTAL/Latinobarómetro partnership revealed that social issues are the number one demand in the region.
A new book published by INTAL and FCE analyzes the historic roots of inequality in Latin America and puts forward creative ideas for moving toward greater social inclusion.
The Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 analyzes different aspects of the downshift in global trade and the effects that this is having on the region.
The MERCOSUR Report No. 21 analyzes the macroeconomic outlook for the MERCOSUR and member countries’ trade and investment flows, as well as the main features of the bloc’s internal and external agenda.
INTAL participated in an international conference in Chile with experts from the region and China where the future of the relationship with the Asian giant was discussed.
In recent years, several countries have signed free trade agreements with China which have included specific causes on technological transfer. What impact have these agreements had? This article presents the main points of an ongoing research project.
How many of us are willing to pay taxes or take on credit to improve logistics costs in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Some 71% of Latin Americans say that foreign capital is beneficial for local economies.
After partnering to carry out 20,000 exclusive surveys in 18 countries in the region, INTAL and Latinobarómetro have created an overview of economic, political, technological, social, and environmental integration.
5 resources about Innovation that inspire on new trends in integration and exponential technologies.
INTAL’s annual flagship event included a panel on the study of the best incentives for fostering cooperation and trade.
The experts who took part in the INTAL conference held parallel workshops with representatives from the public sector and academia.
Global experts took part in INTAL’s annual flagship conference. The focuses this year were big data, behavioral economics, and export diversification.
A network of experts, a course, the prospects of a strategic logistics chain and optimizing sectoral connections are some of the synergies between integration software and hardware.
This binational program is the result of work by Argentina and Chile to integrate their borders through infrastructure while taking into account social, economic, and environmental factors so as to strengthen the areas in question.
The current state of 3D printing worldwide and in Latin America and the Caribbean. How the spread of this technology may impact industries and services.
INTAL’s annual flagship event, Regional Integration 4.0, took place on October 5, 2016, and included a special panel on the transformation of production patterns.
How digital manufacturing and the Internet of Things can change integration and the way we do trade.
The sharing economy is growing as a form of trade in different spheres. What factors have contributed to its growth and what part can it play in development?
An increasing number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean use Exporta Fácil, a service that reduces transaction costs for MSMEs and helps them to integrate into the international market, which brings social benefits.
Innovation and regional integration were the focus of the INTAL Winter Colloquium. The event underlined the role of SMEs as drivers of employment and their potential as service exporters.
The latest issue of the Integration & Trade Journal analyzes the transformation of the Chinese economy, the role of innovation, and the technology transfer policies that could drive productivity in Latin America.
As of 2016, the portfolio is made up of 581 infrastructure and connectivity projects representing an estimated investment of US$188,337 million. Another 12 projects were successfully completed in the last year.
Advances in artificial intelligence are one of the most dramatic challenges of our times. Robots are starting to compete for our jobs. How will Latin America and the Caribbean take on this new challenge?
How might Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union affect trade in the region?
What sort of erosive effect might the latest technological advances have on global value chains?
Almost 700 projects from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean took part in the creative industry competition launched by INTAL in partnership with MIT. Find out more about the winners in this article.
According to an expert from MIT who gave a presentation at INTAL-Lab, the main changes will be in energy, transportation, and health. The impact on trade and integration.
To date, 20% of the projects that make up the COSIPLAN Project Portfolio have been concluded and are being used by the inhabitants of the region on a daily basis.
The departure point for greater convergence between these two regional blocs. How to increase export diversification while creating a platform for specialization and technological development.
Innovation and regional integration were the focus of the INTAL Winter Colloquium, which was attended by US ambassador Noah Mamet, Argentina’s chief of staff, Marcos Peña, and the minister of production, Francisco Cabrera.
How was a small family-owned company in Peru able to export its alpaca wool products to Hungary? How can micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean become exporters?
Mexico and Argentina have begun a new stage in their relationship and are showing a willingness to expand trade. What is the starting point for this at the sectoral level in terms of both the bilateral relationship between the two countries and within the MERCOSUR?
In an exclusive preview from the forthcoming Trade and Integration Journal No. 40, we are delighted to offer the full text of the article by Eric Warner of the RAND Corporation on innovation policy in China and its impact on Latin America and the Caribbean.
This article provides a detailed analysis of the different tools that make up the EU’s agricultural strategy and identifies which productive sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean’s will see reductions in their competitive potential.
The Territorial Integration Program (PTI) for the Agua Negra Binational Tunnel has identified a set of actions that will improve physical connectivity; protect cultural heritage and biodiversity; and foster productive economic activities such as mining, industry, and tourism during the construction and implementation of the tunnel.
How can innovation contribute to generating employment and improving the lives of Latin Americans? What synergies exist between physical, political, and commercial integration in the region?
The COSIPLAN Project Portfolio currently includes 593 integration projects for an estimated investment of US$182.44 billion, distributed throughout South America. The portfolio is mostly made up of transportation projects, which account for 89% of the total. Almost a third of portfolio projects are currently at the execution stage, and more than 90% of these are transportation works.
The potential impact of WTO members’ commitment to reducing export subsidies for agricultural products.
Argentine economist Aldo Ferrer, who promoted the advantages of regional integration in his vast body of work, passed away on March 8, 2016.
The Fall Colloquium held by the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) was preceded by an inspiring document that contemplates some of the questions that Latin America must face if it is to consolidate its integration. This article contains a summary of the main points.
Almost 20,000 citizens from 17 countries in the region responded to a survey on how they believe integration affects their daily lives. Greater access to technology was the most frequent answer.
From the role of expectations in economic cycles to computational linguistics and how investors’ moods change with the ups and downs of the financial market, people’s beliefs play a key role in economics. The need to measure and monitor what citizens think.
By meeting international standards and completing reviews, countries that become OECD members are seen as potentially more attractive recipients of foreign investment. The accession process takes at least a year.
During the COP21 summit in Paris, representatives from 195 countries agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. Possible implications for trade.
The experts who took part in the Node i+i event discussed the potential for job creation in the formal sector and how this might impact inequality.
Node i+i brought together experts, government officials, and figures from civil society to share “social elevator pitches”: fundamental contributions towards narrowing the inequality gap in the Americas.
Connections between devices will change the way in which we trade, while bringing about significant savings in planning and logistics costs. What risk does information leakage pose?
Technological change at the global level is transforming labor markets throughout the world. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is no exception, and this was the subject of much debate at INTAL50.
The recent conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) poses major challenges for the MERCOSUR: a possible negative impact on exports, less relevance as a foreign investment destination, and the influence of TPP standards on the multilateral trading system.
The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) celebrated its 50th anniversary alongside world experts in trade, integration, and technology. New production techniques, employment prospects, and the challenges of climate change were some of the topics covered in depth during the event.