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.
Which jobs run the greatest risk of being made obsolete by automation?
The opportunities and challenges brought by the convergence of the digital economy, changes in mobility and consumption, regulation, and care for the environment.
How will exponential automation impact Latin America’s position in the global market and the diversification of its production structure? Will robotization destroy or displace jobs or will it create new, more sustainable ones? INTAL/IDB brought together experts and thought leaders to respond to these strategic questions.
Having employees with so-called hard skills is valuable because they find solutions to technical problems. However, crises or unexpected situations are solved through a combination of these and soft skills, which are related to emotions.
The two countries are seeking fairer conditions for farmers, especially for the least developed countries, and are also focusing on food security issues.
The two countries met to review bilateral economic affairs and plan future agendas.
The initiative will include support from the Inter-American Development Bank and CAF to improve physical connectivity in the region.
The two countries are seeking to simplify and streamline the entry and exit process for goods at customs facilities.
As pro-tempore president of the MERCOSUR, Brazil guaranteed that it would fast-track negotiations in the hope of presenting the agreement at the upcoming WTO conference.
Eight countries will receive training from Korea and will share their experiences. They are seeking to simplify public intervention formalities and make these more transparent.
The upgrading project includes technological development, digitization, infrastructure work, and new trade policy measures.
The Caribbean Community continues to strengthen its trade system with the aim of repositioning itself in the global economy.
The two countries are seeking to expand their export offer in the short term by breathing new life into negotiations.
The agreement increases each MERCOSUR member’s opportunities for trade with new markets.
The repowering of Argentina’s Embalse Nuclear Power Plant will extend its services for a further 30 years and increase its capacity by 5%. This building work aims to complement the growing demand for electrical energy in the region, maintain the share of nuclear power, and ensure the diversity of the energy matrix.
The COSIPLAN Network of Freight Logistics Experts is moving ahead with its work plan analyzing national projects to promote the development of integrated logistics systems.
INTAL/IDB and the Ministry of Modernization organized an event to discuss the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The president of Accenture Argentina, Sergio Kaufman, shared his vision of the future of work with IDB staff.
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.
INTAL will hold a high-level academic conference on the global governance of international trade, in partnership with Argentina’s Ministry of Production and other high-profile organizations. The event will be part of the WTO’s MC11 and will take place on December 12, 2017, in Buenos Aires.
This seminar set out to examine a wide range of issues agreed on at the earlier Ministerial Meeting. It combined presentations by government officials from countries in each of the two blocs, experts, and private-sector representatives.
The shape of intraregional trade in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Some of the answers to the development challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean may lie in the hands of creatives, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
There are numerous reasons why a firm might decide to sell its products on the international market. This is no easy task, and like any business initiative, it requires training and preparation to be a success.
The two parties reached a broad scope agreement that will benefit European exports. In addition to tariff elimination, negotiators included clauses on worker, consumer, and environmental protection.
The two countries have expressed interest in formalizing an agreement in the short term, given the possibilities of opening up other markets through this connection between the two regions.
Both countries would expand their export market if the agreement is formalized.
The two countries are continuing to make progress toward reaching a broad, innovative trade agreement. Authorities expect that the final draft of the text will be completed during the next round of negotiations.
The bloc has been debating the steps it should take toward reducing poverty, improving food security, and protecting the environment.
A meeting of high-level government officials ended with an exchange of opinions with a view preparing a regional agenda for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The two countries are still holding working meetings with a view to reaching trade agreements that will cover issues that include the space industry.
Authorities from regional economic blocs met with experts on international trade policy to debate the trade-related challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Caribbean.
Authorities from the two countries will evaluate the feasibility of an electrical interconnection plan. They will also look at interconnection with Argentina.
The announcement came at the 12th Pacific Alliance Summit. The bloc is seeking to expand its markets and has established bilateral agreements that will connect it with the Asia-Pacific.
One of the COSIPLAN priority projects for energy integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is due to be completed in 2018. The objective of these projects is to improve the distribution of energy generated by the hydroelectric power stations that Paraguay operates in partnership with Argentina and Brazil.
The UNASUR’s South American Infrastructure and Planning Council (COSIPLAN) met in Uruguay to analyze integration infrastructure priorities.
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.
Participatory processes are starting to be used during the early stages of project planning for integration infrastructure, so as to respond to sectoral, economic, social, and environmental issues.
The internet is changing consumption patterns, the outlook for firms, and economic prospects in the region.
How the accumulation of technological knowledge impacts the competitiveness of Latin America and the Caribbean.
IDB/INTAL’s Alejandra Radl and Ignacio Estévez presented a new information system on integration infrastructure in South America.
Those of us who work in the world of international trade know that we operate in a highly competitive market where the slightest gain in the time it takes to design, manufacture, or ship goods can be key to getting a buyer to choose our product.
The United Nations has issued a global “call for action” to halt the effects of pollution on the marine ecosystem and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The measure was implemented in 2015 to try to mitigate the impact of plummeting oil prices.
Peru continues to seek new Asian markets and is negotiating the possibility of exporting new products to China.
Some 20 years after the agreement entered into force, the two countries have reformulated parts of it and added two new sections, one of which focuses on gender.
The two countries have made progress on creating a group to promote small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in less-developed regions.
The Argentine government has formally established a unit to fully implement this system, which will be led by the Secretariat of Commerce.
The joining of the two countries’ trade borders marks the creation of the first customs territory in the Americas.
The Caribbean Community celebrated 25 years of bilateral relations and the technical cooperation it receives from Argentina.
The two countries remain committed to forging closer, mutually beneficial ties.
The bloc is seeking to create attractive internal markets so as to achieve greater international competitiveness that will benefit all members.
The two blocs are seeking to consolidate trade through a preferential tariff system
A recent Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study that was presented at INTAL-LAB has made a significant contribution to our knowledge of trade facilitation. The event was attended by government authorities, specialist academics, and representatives from chambers of commerce.
A recent workshop focused on the skills that government officials and employees need to develop to keep up with technological change.
From São Paulo in Brazil to the Chilean ports of Antofagasta and Mejillones, a new interconnected road system is being planned that will cover more than 3,000 kilometers and cross four countries.
Work on the longest tunnel in Latin America is expected to be put out to tender in November 2018. This infrastructure project is one of the main ones currently being developed in South America and is part of the COSIPLAN Project Portfolio.
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.
A preparatory workshop for the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference was held in Geneva on May 31 and June 1, 2017, which INTAL helped organize.
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New technologies are being incorporated into agricultural production in Latin America and the Caribbean with increasing intensity.
Opportunities for productive innovation to sustainably improve competitiveness in an underexplored area.
As technologies take over the tasks traditionally performed by human labor, there is growing concern around the future of employment.
At the second event in the Discussion Series on Technological Prospects, researchers from INTA and INTAL and international experts shared their views on the challenges that synthetic meat poses in terms of technology, production, and trade.
International Business Alliances (link in Spanish) applied in response to a business opportunity to sell Uruguayan products to the Costa Rican company Grupo Britt.
China has presented its plans to create trade corridors with Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
Bolivia continues to seek access to the sea to improve trade. It is considering different alternatives, which include negotiations with Argentina and Paraguay.
The main focus is on SMEs, which seek to export products with value added.
The new mechanism seeks to facilitate and improve infrastructure in the region and improve the competitiveness of the private sector.
An official visit to China to take part in the Silk Road Forum led to the signing of agreements that the two countries had been negotiating.
The two South American countries are currently drafting an agreement with a view to formalizing it this year.
The focus of negotiations is on expanding the supply of grains, which are essential to Mexico's trade in livestock products.
Representatives from the two blocs reiterated the importance of expanding ties with foreign partners.
Data mining determines the behavior pattern of companies that might be evading taxes.
The full implementation of the project will bring about an additional 1% annual growth in GDP.
The government has lifted the disqualification of sanitary records for meat products from Brazil.
The bloc seeks to expand its trade ties with the world and renew its ties with one of the world’s largest economies.
Ministers of the economy and finance from PA member countries worked together to draft an action plan to consolidate the bloc’s economic and financial relations.
The Tacna–La Paz road corridor is one of the most important connections between Bolivia and Peru as it is the shortest, most direct route between the Bolivian capital and the city of Tacna.
Second Workshop on the Implementation Plan for the Agua Negra Binational Tunnel Territorial Integration Program.
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.
These are the publications selected by our library to find out more about the topics of this issue of INTAL Connection.
The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), in its role as the Technical Secretariat for COSIPLAN, has presented an infographic summary of the nearly 600 integration projects in South America.
A dynamic infographic for examining the relationship between trade and the environment.
¡Descubre cuánto sabes sobre integración y comercio!
Overview and opportunities for equitable development in the region.
Key issues and prospects for a sustainability-based research agenda.
Speakers at the presentation of INTAL’s new publication, Eco-Integration in Latin America, pointed to the importance of tackling the consequences of climate change as part of the integration process in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A webinar created by the ConnectAmericas team focuses on exporting to Asian markets and includes specific examples and success stories.
WTO members are seeking to adapt rules and regulations to the new realities of trade.
This year, the Asian giant is on its way to outstripping the United States as the world’s largest oil consumer.
The aim of the document is to create a space for investment within the bloc and increase guarantees for local and foreign investors.
The third round of negotiations for the modernization of the free trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union has concluded.
The Caribbean Community Steps up the Struggle against Climate Change.
The Pacific Alliance is seeking to expand its economic relations through free trade agreements.
The two blocs held a much-anticipated meeting and agreed on the importance of integrating with one another given the current context of international uncertainty.
Mexico’s deputy minister of foreign trade evaluates the negotiations that are currently underway with Argentina.
Negotiations between MERCOSUR countries and the Pacific Alliance will open up regional manufactures markets
Investment in this railway is hoped will quadruple the volume of freight currently transported and boost regional economies, connecting them with the rest of the world through the ports on the Paraguay–Paraná Waterway.
Rogelio Frigerio, Argentina’s minister of the interior, public works, and housing, inaugurated activities for 2017 in his role as pro-tempore president of UNASUR’s COSIPLAN. He drew attention to planning and the implementation of infrastructure as a necessary condition for development and integration in the region.
A High-Level Dialogue at INTAL-LAB marks the start of a process of reflection in the run-up to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference and the next G20 Summit.
The director of IDB/INTAL presented the MERCOSUR Futures report to the bloc’s new Ministerial Council.
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?
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Discover Latin America’s main trade partners.
The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), in its role as the Technical Secretariat for COSIPLAN, has presented a new publication on high-impact projects for the physical integration and socio-economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean.
What are the possible outcomes of the impact of technology on employment?
How can national development banks contribute to financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals?
Video summary of the MERCOSUR Futures international colloquium.
The operation of the ProCórdoba Agency and success stories from this province.
The two countries renewed their bilateral relations and committed to working together on various issues related to trade and investment.
The Southern Common Market is seeking to consolidate its internal structures with a view to integrating better into global trade, especially through trade agreements with other blocs.
The two parties have reached the end of their analysis periods and are moving toward the formalization of a trade agreement.
Between January and December 2016, Peru’s exports to India grew by 37.4% in comparison with the same period during the previous year. This trend is expected to continue.
Customs authorities have approved an ID system for companies that benefit them during trade with other countries within the bloc.
Argentina is Mexico’s fourth-largest trade partner in Latin America and the Caribbean and the 22nd-largest at the global level.
Tourism and the movement of goods were identified as the keys to development during the next stage, according to the last meeting of the CARICOM representatives.
The decision will benefit global trade and it is hoped that countries that have not yet signed the agreement will do so soon.
The PA countries are seeking an alternative agreement to guarantee integration and trade development.
The new port at Yurimaguas will strengthen the economic and social integration of Peru’s coastal and mountain regions and will facilitate trade with Brazil along the River Amazon.
Once again, the INTAL/Latinobarómetro Alliance will be finding out how the citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean view major issues.
How citizen consultation processes work for large physical connectivity projects in the region.
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.
Interviews with the presenters at the INTAL Annual Colloquium: Integration 4.0.
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E-commerce in Latin America.
Three question about E-Commerce
The two countries are seeking to strengthen their economies and put the period of stagnation behind them by playing a greater part in the international economy.
The two blocs have concluded negotiations and have announced their intention to formalize a trade agreement.
Despite the exponential leaps that digital technology has made, it has only recently started to truly penetrate industries.
National and International Strategies to Facilitate Investment Flows.
A new publication has been released as part of INTAL’s role as the Technical Secretariat for COSIPLAN. It is part of the process of achieving physical integration and social and economic development for South Americans by planning and implementing infrastructure projects.
The agreement between the Caribbean regional bloc and Cuba will benefit a range of economic sectors, notably tourism.
The block continues to implement actions to develop trade technology. Chile calls on other members to leverage e-commerce.
Companies say there will be new investments and a major opening up of the labor market.
The region is seeking to sign agreements that will lead to the regulation and facilitation of customs activities.
The countries of Latin America championed joint efforts and cooperation to tackle their common problems.
Uruguay is seeking to position rail transportation as an attractive alternative for regional freight carriers. The rail connectivity it is developing will keep step with the country’s growing needs.
In recent months, INTAL LIB has been undergoing a transformation to put its wealth of knowledge in the hands of more users in Latin America and the world.
In ancient times, trade began as a barter system in which people exchanged one object for another. Prehistoric humans traded animal skins or services for food. Over time, coins and currencies began to emerge.
The World Trade Organization has been working intensely to encourage and promote e-commerce. This article discusses the progress it has made and the challenges it is facing.
How new trade technologies can contribute to the region's development and what public policymakers can do to provide incentives to increase trade flows.
Three questions about infraestructure.
For the first time, transportation, energy, and communications projects are shaping a network of connectivity in South America that will bring countries together and strengthen the region’s international integration.
This technology platform demonstrates that transparency in public works is possible and is a reality of life in South America today.
How local industries, especially SMEs, can leverage new forms of energy to create jobs.
With a view to next year, when Argentina will host the G20 meeting, experts discussed the main issues for the regional and global integration from a social perspective.
Last December 13th took place the IV Foreign Trade Forum “Uruguay faces the Pacific”. The activity gathered private sector, academic and government representatives, as well as experts in trade negotiations processes with China.
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 TIFA will foster private investment, promote growth, improve technology, and deepen sustainable economic development.
The Russian government has proposed that Uruguay sign (link in Spanish) a “strategic plan” in pursuit of greater cooperation in various areas.
Officials from Argentina and Chile held a series of meetings to strengthen relations and regional integration processes.
The annual global ranking of innovation capacities and outcomes.
This ongoing dispute at the WTO is over subsidies to Chinese aluminum producers.
Countries are facing the twofold challenge of repairing the damage caused by the financial crisis and creating employment opportunities.
A new publication has been released as part of INTAL’s work as the Technical Secretariat for COSIPLAN/IIRSA with a focus on the results achieved by COSIPLAN’s work areas in 2016.
The region’s leaders emphasized that 2017 would be a key year for consolidating reform within the Caribbean Community.
The formalization of the agreement between the two countries will imply major alternatives to foreign trade and advantages for local firms.
The agreement opens up the EU market for almost all Ecuadorian export products.
This initiative is part of the Central American Trade Facilitation and Competitiveness Strategy (EFCC) and is supported by the European Union.
The country follows Nicaragua as temporary leader of the regional bloc.
More than 90 government officials took part in COSIPLAN’s online course and said how valuable it was for them to have access to a regional program that allows them to expand their knowledge and exchange ideas and experiences.
The United Nations’ development agenda is in line with Latin Americans’ views and opinions
The two countries have defined their strategies and working agendas for addressing the convergence of the two blocs.
This is a major milestone on the road to electrical integration.
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.
INTAL developed this interactive tool that explores the issues addressed in 2016, establishing connections and providing a detailed overview of the global and regional agenda.
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An initiative to help countries and interested parties to achieve sustainable objectives in the fight against climate change
The voices of the experts who presented the book The Fracture. The Quest for Social Equality in Latin America, Past and Present (links in Spanish).
Opinions from the main speakers at the presentation of the Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 (link in Spanish).
A look back at INTAL’s year: how we inspired collective intelligence and cocreated knowledge on the ways that new technologies are impacting integration processes (link in Spanish)
Overview of regional trade negotiations and agreements. For news and to learn more about the progress made on trade agreements and negotiations, visit the Legal Instruments of Integration Observatory (IJI).
A visualization that shows the factors that drove the improvement in social equity of the region.
Two new publications have been launched as part of INTAL’s work as the Technical Secretariat for COSIPLAN/IIRSA’s work on disaster risk management
An exclusive report from the research team at ConnectAmericas argues that Latin America is a solution to China’s limited natural resources.
The Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), June Soomer, made an official visit to Cuba, in which it was agreed the development, next March in Havana, of the XXII Ordinary Council of Ministers of the organization.
The two countries held their seventh meeting under the umbrella of the bilateral consultations agreement that has been in force since 2001
This investment will enable progress on the road infrastructure megaproject between Argentina and Chile
The member countries of the Andean Community will gradually update their immigration systems. Peru has already successfully done so.
A new report describes possible scenarios for trade dynamics in the region, which vary at the subregional level
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 two countries opened a new border crossing as part of their intention to form a customs union
The project will be a source of employment in the region once the anticipated investments materialize
The initiative is the outcome of an investment-related decision by the bloc’s heads of state
The main aim of this initiative is the electronic exchange of information on foreign trade transactions, in line with international standards.
Academics, government officials, and members of international organizations and Latin American and global NGOs analyzed the current state of affairs for science and technology and their impact on labor markets.
The delegates from the countries of South America to COSIPLAN met online to agree on the 2017 Work Plan. As the secretariat for the CCT, INTAL will support the implementation of the activities the countries decide to prioritize.
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.
Experts share their perspectives on law and sustainable development.
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Overview of regional trade negotiations and agreements. The IJI is an analytical compilation of regulatory texts, commentaries, and follow-up on legal commitments and developments concerning the various integration processes taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean. For news and to learn more about recent progress on trade agreements and negotiations, visit IJI.
The display shows the international agreements that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reached with partners from within the region and beyond it. These include free trade agreements, economic or physical integration agreements, cooperation agreements, and partial scope agreements.
This latest report, Downshifting, argues that a dramatic shift is needed in the region’s international integration policies if they are to adapt to the changing pace of globalization.
What global challenges must we face up to if we are to prevent inequality from growing as a consequence of job loss?
Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Forum reasserted their commitment to keeping their markets open.
The Climate Summit in Morocco highlighted the role of the trade in goods and services to stimulate investment.
The project aims to address the challenges of the border area and assess progress toward implementing common projects.
Ecuador has joined the free trade agreement that Colombia and Peru are already party to.
In an attempt to fast-track the start of the project, the two countries committed to holding periodic meetings.
Representatives from the two countries signed the agreement to streamline commercial transactions and make them more transparent.
The two countries are seeking to consolidate economic relations and have planned joint activities for 2017.
The two countries are following up on the work plan that was started during Barack Obama’s visit to Argentina in March 2016.
Problems in the steel sector have affected trade flows.
The two countries expressed their commitment to fostering negotiations between the two blocs.
The agreement is expected to be made official in the coming months.
CARICOM ministers have endorsed a roadmap for the implementation of the Caribbean Regulatory System for Medicine (CRS).
Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies unanimously passed Bolivia’s protocol of accession to become a full member of the MERCOSUR.
The third Chinese presidential tour to Latin America was an opportunity for China to emphasize its commitment to the region and consolidate bilateral relations.
The 1st Latin American Course/Workshop on Road Surfaces and Basic Roads shared innovative, low-cost solutions for improving the conditions of unpaved roads.
Specialists shared the results of research that analyzes the interplay between law and sustainable development from a multidisciplinary approach.
The IDB’s Demand Solutions event took place in Buenos Aires this year. Entrepreneurs shared ideas to improve lives through solutions that promote access to drinking water, sanitation, and better nutrition.
Government officials from Argentina and Chile discuss the region’s experience of drafting the Territorial Integration Program that will facilitate the construction of this new link between the two countries.
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.
Exclusive interviews with the main speakers of the Regional Integration 4.0. conference.
A World Bank report analyzes the short- and medium-term prospects for economic development in the region on the basis of changes in the macroeconomy and trade.
The challenges ahead and an action program for the optimization of the bloc.
The deluge of data that comes from our interconnectedness is providing us with new tools to increase productivity.
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According to an exclusive document drafted by ConnectAmericas, China’s role in global business has been rising steadily in recent decades. This constitutes an enormous opportunity for products and services from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The two countries signed various agreements during the Uruguayan president’s two-week tour of China.
This infrastructure project aims to become an alternative form of connectivity between the two countries and to foster production potential and service generation in the region it covers.
The agreement was described as “next generation” because of the new issues it includes.
The mechanism will contribute to strengthening the security system and data exchanges among members.
China already has free trade agreements with Peru, Chile, and Costa Rica. Colombia is making headway on negotiations.
The regional bloc made up of Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico continues to actively seek out new trade partners.
The two countries have continued the trade negotiations they began at the end of 2015 around tariff expansions within their bilateral agreement.
Those present also decided on initiatives for the fight against climate change, terrorism, and the refugee crisis.
Some 1,500 businesspeople, diplomats, and government officials from China and LAC took part, making this the best-attended event in the summit’s history.
The climate change agreement that was reached in December 2015 will be made official at the next UNFCCC conference.
INTAL and Latinobarómetro have launched a partnership to monitor citizens’ opinions on issues that are fundamental to public policies.
As part of the joint training initiative organized by IDB/INTAL and the WTO, a course on e-commerce and its role in development was held in Asunción.
The winning project from INTAL and MIT’s competition for creative industry start-ups traveled to Washington to take part in Demand Solutions, a megaconference for entrepreneurs. The company’s director tells us all about the experience.
COSIPLAN’s work demonstrates how technology can provide support for public policy–related decision making, the planning of infrastructure works, and prioritizing investment. A new video explains the initiative.
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.
IDB open online course on e-learning platform edx.org, starts on 25th. October and lasts six weeks.
The sharing economy can optimize resources, create employment, and contribute to developing the use of new technologies.
Leadership and building agendas for transformation form part of this analysis of the current global state of affairs and the challenges the world is facing.
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Overview of regional trade negotiations and agreements. The IJI is an analytically oriented compilation of regulatory texts, commentaries, and follow-up on legal commitments and developments concerning the various integration processes taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean. For news and to learn more about the progress made on trade agreements and negotiations, visit IJI.
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.
Combined with the slowing of the downturn in exports, this puts one of the world’s largest economies in a more balanced position.
3D Printers Are Turning Up the Heat On Traditional Forms of Trade and Manufacturing.
Government officials analyze possible agreements between the two blocs and resume negotiations.
Paraguay will be exporting gourmet-quality products to Switzerland.
The two countries are continuing to hold working sessions with a view to implementing the system in the short term.
The PA is hoping to expand its global presence and extend its ties with the international economy.
Following several disputes with the European Union, there has been a significant step forward in favor of Argentina.
The initiative is part of a plan to promote intraregional trade facilitation.
Those present also decided on actions in relation to the fight against climate change, terrorism, and the refugee crisis.
Different studies show that women use social networking sites more than men and spend more time on them.
Government officials announced that binational cabinet meetings would be held with the governments of Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia in order to tackle border integration issues.
The two countries are seeking to bolster economic relations. Japan is contributing to relief efforts following the earthquake in the Ecuadorian province of Manabí.
An agreement will provide US$33 million in financing for sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.
Mexico’s SIEPAC Interconnection Commission met for the first time since being established.
Short-distance routes for increased integration in Mesoamerica.
The mechanism will have resources of up to US$80 million for financing initiatives among SMEs in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile
The award-winning projects from the creative industries competition organized by INTAL and MIT took part in another high-profile competition for innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Between September 7 and 9, 2016, INTAL held a Regional Workshop on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and the Negative List Approach to Services and Investment Liberalization, in partnership with the IDB’s Integration and Trade Sector and CARICOM’s Office of Trade Negotiations (OTM). The workshop took place in Hastings, Christ Church, Barbados.
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 Caribbean is seeking to mitigate the effects of natural disasters on transportation and roads.
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?
Demand Solutions brings together some of the most innovative creative minds to discuss and share their solutions to the challenges of development industries.
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 trade are increasingly interconnected. A new approach to the interface between them is needed if we are to develop appropriate policies.
The INTAL D-TEC competition identifies and gives awards to start-ups providing innovative technological solutions. Some 120 firms from 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean took part in the competition.
A new book summarizes the Territorial Integration Program for the Agua Negra Binational Tunnel, which involves the provinces of San Juan and La Rioja in Argentina and the Coquimbo Region in Chile. The technical aspects of the project were coordinated by INTAL.
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Interview with presenters from the INTAL Winter Colloquium.
What role does Latin America and the Caribbean play in the market for services?
The two largest economies in the MERCOSUR seek to move forward with bilateral trade facilitation.
Chile’s minister of foreign relations, Heraldo Muñoz, tackled issues related to trade and cooperation with representatives from the two countries.
Officials from the two countries started a work and cooperation plan to pursue common goals.
Experts and researchers met specifically to analyze the situation in South America.
Financial incentives seek to increase countries’ negotiating capacities and enable them to take part effectively in the global trading system.
The differences, advantages, and perspectives women in leadership positions bring and their impact on organizations, according to two experts on the matter.
A new IDB publication analyzes how financial strategies can contribute to promoting clean energy.
The country has added its signature to the fight against climate change.
The Ministry of Production is to launch a competition to support firms with export potential.
Representatives from the two governments put forward an instrument to promote economic activity.
The legislation forms part of the international trade commitments the country has adopted.
The news was announced at the 11th Summit of the Pacific Alliance, which included a consolidation of international relations and a review of the progress this regional integration mechanism has made.
A project is seeking to end hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2025.
INTAL’s annual flagship event, Regional Integration 4.0, will take place on October 5, 2016, and will include a panel on big data and integration.
INTAL, Argentina’s Ministry of Industry, the US Embassy in Argentina, and ARGENBIO held a communications seminar for government officials, researchers, and decision-makers.
To integrate MSMEs into the export base and facilitate trade, South American countries are seeking to strengthen and expand the Exporta Fácil project to include concrete initiatives that will consolidate the system in the region.
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.
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Overview of regional trade negotiations and agreements.
The presence of Latin America and the Caribbean in the market for knowledge-based services
Publication by the Working Group on the UNASUR South American Infrastructure and Planning Council (COSIPLAN) Geographic Information System (GIS).
How and how much measures concerning beef exports have impacted the founding members of the MERCOSUR
Batteries that can provide power to whole villages, microchips that could take the place of organs in medical research, and autonomous vehicles are some of the innovations that will be most influential in the short term.
Interviews with the presenters at the INTAL Winter Colloquium
Broadband can help companies who are targeting the base of the population pyramid to improve the effectiveness of their operations and their services to their clients. Companies that started using broadband in their operations increased their productivity by 10% on average, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.
Under the slogan “From Decision to Action,” the UNCTAD meeting aimed to develop an inclusive and equitable environment for trade and development.
CARICOM assessed the current status of the free movement of goods and persons and called on authorities to work towards harmonizing policies.
The two governments the two governments agreed on the need to review and expand the provisions in the agreement, which has been in force for 12 years
The agreements reflect the two countries’ intentions to relaunch relations.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum has put forward a proposal to tackle climate change and halt the rise of global temperatures
New trends in the Colombian capital are generating economic growth and quality employment
Over 7000 Colombian products will benefit from tariff reductions that have already been negotiated and approved
The country has added its signature to the agreement
Member countries are seeking to coordinate trade regulations that facilitate intrazonal and international trade
Costa Rica and China Consolidate Their Strategic Alliance
The US Congress has passed a new incentive for the Alliance for Prosperity plan for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, consisting of an additional US$750 million for 2017
Government officials from Mexico and Brazil met with the aim of expanding their Economic Complementarity Agreement (ECA)
The presidents of Argentina and Mexico met in Buenos Aires and talked about how to build closer ties between the MERCOSUR and the Pacific Alliance.
Different events and meetings mark the start of dialog between the two blocs
INTAL’s flagship annual event, which will be held on October 5, 2016, will focus on neuroscience, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. How can these contribute to integration in the future?
Through the use of modern information technology and territorial planning methodologies, a Geographic Information System was put in place to facilitate the design, implementation, and operation of physical integration projects in South America.
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.
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Overview of regional trade negotiations and agreements. The IJI is a compilation of regulatory texts, commentaries, and follow-up on legal commitments and developments of an analytical nature concerning the various integration processes taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean. For news and to learn more about the progress made on trade agreements and negotiations, visit IJI.
Which jobs are most at risk of automation?
An analysis promoted by ALADI seeks to identify the impact of the creative industries on regional integration
Regional organizations called a meeting to evaluate and expand economic and cooperation relations.
Members of the business community and government officials worked together to draw up an action plan to strengthen the Peruvian department of La Libertad.
Government representatives, high-level officials, and over 20,000 members of the public attended the opening ceremony.
The two organizations have signed an agreement that seeks to make a significant positive impact on the cost, time, and forecasting of traffic through border crossings in the short term.
The two countries are seeking to consolidate a single customs area that covers 44% of the total area of Central America so as to create a more attractive market for local, regional, and foreign investors.
The signing of the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments demonstrates the countries’ interest in expanding bilateral economic relations.
Signing this instrument strengthens integration through new common instruments and projects.
Find out which services or industrial processes the Internet of Things (IoT) can help make more efficient.
At a seminar at INTAL-Lab, academics who specialize in the bilateral relations between Latin America and China analyzed the recent transformations the latter has been undergoing and how these might impact the former.
A new publication as part of INTAL’s role as the COSIPLAN/IIRSA Technical Secretariat on the importance of infrastructure to the development of the Guianese Shield Hub in South America.
Government representatives drew attention to the growth in bilateral trade and promised a closer relationship between the two countries
The meeting between the two countries’ leaders took place as part of the OECD Week 2016.
Ministers from the two countries met in Brasilia to review bilateral affairs and reach new agreements.
The announcement was made at the 15th Meeting of the Pacific Alliance Council of Ministers.
Trade negotiations seek to revive the two countries’ weakened economies
La iniciativa busca aumentar la superficie marina protegida para avanzar en la protección y desarrollo de un espacio de diversidad biológica.
The FAO agreement binds countries to implement measures to protect fishing.
A study by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation puts forward topics and tools for discussing the geopolitical and economic challenges the region is facing.
Appropriate management of climate catastrophe risk has become a major source of concern for South American countries. Planning the infrastructure that connects the region is the foundation for a strategic approach to this.
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.