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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
Demand Solutions brings together some of the most innovative creative minds to discuss and share their solutions to the challenges of development industries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This technological breakthrough will give citizens from all the countries in South America instant access to interactive data and maps for the nearly 600 infrastructure projects that are today part of the COSIPLAN Project Portfolio.
The future of the relationship between China and Latin America and the Caribbean was the core issue at a seminar that brought together experts from the region at INTAL-Lab.
The new issue of the Integration & Trade Journal explains the keys to renewing the convergence between Latin America and China.
Government officials from 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean took part in a training session at the INTAL-Lab on negotiation strategies in the multilateral context, the outlook for the sector, and the latest developments in matters of food security.
A Latin American business event held in Buenos Aires was attended by members of the business community and high-level government officials from the region.
Physical integration in South America is fundamental to consolidating economic and social development. At the recent meeting of the UNASUR’s South American Infrastructure and Planning Council in Montevideo, seven new steps in this direction were approved.
INTAL has launched a new competition for innovators in creative industries with regional impact, in partnership with MIT
The former President of Chile underlined the need for the countries of Latin America to act together in international trade negotiations.
This course analyzes the provisions of regional and multilateral trade agreements in depth and examines why Latin American countries are facing significant obstacles to benefitting from these.
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The COSIPLAN countries have developed a methodology for incorporating disaster risk management into integration infrastructure. The initiative is being coordinated by Chile and is receiving technical support from the IDB. Chile and Peru have finalized the pilot application of the methodology in an area that is exposed to risk from seismic activity and tsunamis.
High-level government officials from the region analyzed a range of integration experiences as they sought common ground on which to build a shared regional agenda.
The INTAL Fall Colloquium on the integration outlook for Latin America included Ricardo Lagos, Enrique Iglesias, and Alfonso Prat-Gay among its speakers. Other high-level officials and experts from the region also took part.
Government officials from the region attended the presentation of the alliance between INTAL and Latinobarómetro, which will allow citizens’ opinions on regional integration to be continually monitored.
The strengthening of regional integration was analyzed by experts brought together by the two institutions.
The physical integration of South America is a vital issue for the peoples of the region and a priority in government agendas. COSIPLAN is constantly working on revising and updating projects, improving information quality, and disseminating project results and benefits.
The governments of South America are making cooperation efforts in order to improve the region’s connectivity. However, financing remains one of the greatest obstacles to implementing infrastructure.
Latin America’s physical integration is vital to its development. Logistics, transportation, and energy, air, and rail integration are some of the areas that make up the 593 projects in the COSIPLAN-IIRSA Project Portfolio. The main advances in regional infrastructure in 2015.
At Node i+i, trade and and integration experts addressed the issue of social inclusion and how greater regional integration can contribute to achieving greater equality.
The physical integration of infrastructure works will enhance key areas such as the transportation of people and goods, and provision and access to energy and communications in the region.
Negotiators from Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica, the three countries from LAC that have Free Trade Agreements with China, shared their experiences. The challenges and opportunities of bilateral negotiation.
The decline in the prices of primary goods and the slowdown in the Chinese economy will have an impact on the region. How to face the challenge of diversifying exports to Asia.
The seminar on the future of relations between Latin America and the Caribbean and China brought specialists and government officials together at the INTAL-Lab. The Chinese Ambassador to Argentina announced his country’s intention to facilitate trade with the region.
South American countries have been carrying out major efforts at shared border spaces, recognizing that cross-border integration is an effective instrument for promoting development and overcoming structural asymmetries and problems of social cohesion .
Innovations in the world of finance include everything from ultra-fast credit analysis to time- and money-saving mobile applications. Specialists shared their perspectives at the INTAL-Lab.
Volumes of cargo and passenger air transportation have increased steadily in South America in the last few years. In the framework of COSIPLAN, and with financing from the IDB, a study was undertaken on air connectivity between the countries of the Guianese Shield Hub and the rest of South America.
In the presence of the Chinese ambassador to Argentina, the government officials responsible for the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between China and Peru, Chile, and Costa Rica gave their accounts of the negotiation process.
The COSIPLAN GIS covers the entire continent of South America and is a tool to help guide the territorial planning of physical integration projects. It consolidates official georeferenced information and enables geographical analysis at different scales and the generation of thematic maps.
Negotiators from the region met in Santo Domingo to take part in a program to keep them up to date on new multilateral trade rules.
NODE i+i (Regional Integration + Social Inclusion) is a forum for shared thinking aimed at disseminating inspiring ideas so as to narrow the inequality gap in the Americas. The first meeting of 50 leaders from the region took place on September 25 and 26 at Columbia University, New York City.
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “Datology: Data-driven decision making” will take place next November 10. This course brings together the efforts of several experts from the Bank and the region and it is part of a series of courses organized by the IDB that are included in Harvard and MIT MOOCs platform.
INTAL is inviting people to take part in the INTAL Co-creation Competition, an essay contest on innovative ideas that reflect the debates and issues raised at INTAL 50.
The development of ports and waterways in South America is of vital importance to improving the region’s competitiveness through lower transportation costs. It is also key to promoting sustainable development using modes of transportation that are more efficient in environmental terms. INTAL provided technical support for the workshop that was held on this topic within the framework of COSIPLAN.
Within the framework of the Trade Integration through Postal Services for MSMEs project, the Executive Technical Group held its 2015 meeting. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen work at the regional level on the basis of the needs of those who stand to benefit from the project and the countries that are running it. The work focused on creating collaborative solutions and defining concrete actions to consolidate the system in the region.
This INTAL initiative gave awards to endeavors in which innovation is placed at the service of integration and trade
For the fourth consecutive year, the MIT Technology Review en Español (in Spanish) gave awards to the 10 most innovative young people in Argentina and Uruguay. On this occasion, the finalists visited INTAL-Lab as part of the competition process.
At the event to mark INTAL’s 50th anniversary, the former president of Uruguay insisted that there is a need for greater political will within Latin America in order to move towards a new stage in the integration process.