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The U.S. and Ecuador discuss expanding trade
New trade opportunities with Ecuador could be imminent, opening possibilities for Wisconsin manufacturers and suppliers to participate.
Peru seeks solutions to its fertilizer crisis
Wisconsin companies that produce fertilizer or similar alternatives may find market opportunities in Peru.
Equinix, a California technology company, expands in Latin America
The region, especially Chile, is becoming an attractive destination for innovation and technology investment, which could be of interest to Wisconsin tech-based companies looking to expand abroad.
5G to bring high-speed connections throughout Brazil
Wisconsin companies with broadband technologies or products may have opportunities to work with the winning bidders in Brazil’s recent 5G auction.
A fruitful mango season for Ecuador
As the volume of Ecuador’s fruit exports grows, Wisconsin machinery and agricultural equipment companies may want to consider exploring market possibilities.
Brazil’s fertile fertilizer market
Wisconsin agrochemical companies have a large potential market in Brazil—the world’s fourth largest consumer of fertilizer nutrients.
Colombia awards contracts for 11 solar projects
The Colombian government is interested in investing in renewable energy, which could present an opportunity for Wisconsin services or products.
Brazil cuts import tariffs to fight inflation
The fee reductions will allow internal prices to adjust and facilitate the entry of exports from Wisconsin companies to the Brazilian market.
Demand for organic food ripens in Latin America, Symrise reports
People in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are basing their choices for food on taste, simplicity and transparency, health benefits, and the authenticity and sustainability of natural ingredients. For that, they are willing to pay more.
Brazil’s fertile fertilizer market
Wisconsin agrochemical companies have a large potential market in Brazil—the world’s fourth largest consumer of fertilizer nutrients.
South American retail chain plans major capital investment
Wisconsin companies may be able to provide technology solutions to support Cencosud's plan to spend $1.8 billion opening new stores, renovating existing stores, and developing e-commerce in markets such as Chile, Argentina and Peru.
Brazil plans to expand water, sewage and sanitation service
Achieving universal coverage is a major project expected to take more than a decade and create 700,000 jobs.
Colombia focuses on sustainable agriculture
The Cauca region in the country's southwest is developing a "climate-smart village" program that focuses on adjusting agricultural practices with environmental protection and climate change in mind.
Brazil’s São Paulo state signs collaboration agreement with U.S.
The agreement covers areas including education, health, science and technology, public security, trade and investment, agriculture and tourism.
Chile positions itself as a leader in 5G
Wisconsin companies can help with the ambitious schedule for implementing the new technology.
Latin America focuses on renewable energy
Global analysts rank Latin American markets among the top in the world for investment in renewable energy.
Demand for imported fertilizer on the rise in Brazil
Although factories are under construction, they will not be complete in time to meet the rising demand from Brazil's agriculture sector.
Peru's burgeoning startup scene
Financial technology and education technology are areas of particular opportunity.
Brazilian manufacturing sector implements Industry 4.0
Wisconsin companies can be part of the transition.
Peru aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The South American nation needs help in complying with global commitments against climate change.
Sanitation, construction markets on the rise in Brazil
An overall positive economic climate is leading to housing construction and the expansion of public services.
Opportunities in Costa Rica's food and beverage market
The principal food products imported from the U.S. are pet food, meats, chocolates and bakery ingredients.
Rapid growth in Peru's financial technology sector
The sector is seeing strong growth in companies that buy and sell dollars without the risk of theft.
Brazil's drone market takes off
The market value is estimated at $1.5 billion.
Panama market presents opportunities for food exporters
Panamanians are consuming more of both convenience foods and health foods, creating opportunities in both segments.
Renewable energy efforts surge in South America
Chile, Colombia and Argentina are leading the way.
Brazil has a limited time window to extract oil reserves
Because of the reserves' location in the deep sea, research and development is needed along with related equipment, goods and services.
Opportunities in Panama's medical devices market
The country is a medical device hub for Central and South America, but is reliant on imports since it has no domestic production of these devices.
Chile develops desalination plant to supply water to Atacama region
The project also includes construction of a photovoltaic power plant.
Trade show can connect Wisconsin companies to Brazil's health care market
Hospitalar is the largest medical industry fair in Latin America and the third-largest in the world.
Opportunities in Costa Rica's medical device market
The Costa Rican government recognizes approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, streamlining the path for U.S. exports into the market.
Peru upgrades airport to support broader economic growth
Peru is currently the fastest-growing economy in South America.
Newly elected Brazilian president brings anti-establishment message
Jair Bolsonaro and his minister of the economy, Paulo Guedes, have promised to slash the public debt and overhaul the pension and income tax systems.
Overview of El Salvador's export market
Pharmaceuticals, travel and tourism, automotive parts, packaging and food processing equipment, printing and graphics, safety and security equipment, and renewable energy are the most promising industries for this growing market.
Chile gears up for infrastructure spending
The South American nation will be investing in urban roads, education, telecommunications, water resources and more.
After corruption scandals, Brazil looks to the future
Cracking down on corruption is seen as a positive step for foreign investment.
Jamaica: a promising market for agricultural exports
Wisconsin exports of agricultural products are a good fit for this market, since Jamaica imports products that cannot be grown domestically because of the climate.
Peru embarks on reconstruction after flooding
The Latin American nation needs assistance with rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure after the 2017 floods.
Brazil's economy shows signs of recovery
Indicators for construction, agribusiness, real estate, FDI, and entrepreneurship are all pointing in a positive direction.
Nicaragua offers export opportunities
Wisconsin companies can connect with Nicaraguan customers and distributors at the Americas Food and Beverage Show in Miami in October.
Bids sought for construction of new metro line in Chile's capital
The project, expected to cost $2.5 billion, is expected to break ground in 2020 and be complete by 2026.
U.S. visitors to Brazil can now apply for a visa online
The U.S. joined the list of countries eligible for Brazil's e-visa program in January, making travel easier for Wisconsin companies seeking to visit Brazil to explore export opportunities.
Wisconsin food exports can fill demand in Panama
Rising consumption of both convenience and health foods provides opportunities for exporters.
Argentina aims to increase auto production
GM has already announced plans to produce a model there, with a $500 million investment.
Brazil's economy begins to bounce back
Encouraging trends in industrial production and employment are causing analysts to improve their predictions and consumers to feel more confident.
Chile plans fiber-optic cables for domestic and international connections
With these investments, Chile is looking to make Santiago the technology hub of Latin America.
Brazil adopts measures to facilitate trade
Formerly among the most protectionist of the G-20 countries, Brazil has made ample progress toward liberalization in the past year.
Medical equipment export opportunities in Panama
The country has one of Latin America's highest GDP growth rates, and serves as a hub for regional trade in addition to having strong domestic demand.
Chile prepares to build new reservoirs
Wisconsin companies can take part in construction, as well as supplying equipment, machinery and design services.
Keep an eye on these Brazilian sectors
As the economy emerges from a three-year recession, opportunities exist for Wisconsin companies in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors, among others.
Jamaica readies for health and wellness tourism
Wisconsin health and medical product and service companies may find export opportunities with Jamaican hospitals, clinics and medical product distributors as demand grows to accommodate expansion of this sector.
Colombia prepares to invest $25 billion in road construction
Wisconsin companies can contribute to the development of this new infrastructure.
Opportunities in Brazil's agriculture sector
The sector is expected to increase production rapidly in 2017, creating opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers of equipment and other products that support agriculture.
Efforts mount to fight Zika in Costa Rica
Opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers of diagnostic tests, reagents, medical products and insecticides
Bid process begins for Chile-Argentina tunnel
Opportunities for Wisconsin companies to contribute equipment and expertise
Brazil's new government overhauls bid process
The regulatory reforms are welcome news for firms wishing to bid on government projects..
Costa Rica Prepares for Major Aerospace Trade Show
Aerospace & MRO Meetings Latin America, the most important business-to-business event in Costa Rica, will be held Feb. 20-23, 2017, in San Jose. The event is an opportunity for leaders in the aerospace industry, as well as companies that focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), to meet with potential industry partners.
Argentina Allows Tariff-Free Imports to Support Renewable Energy
Argentine President Mauricio Macri has introduced a new, long-term plan to increase production of renewable energy and attract new investment in the sector. The aim is to increase renewable energy output to 8 percent of total energy output by the end of 2017, from the current figure sitting at less than 2 percent. The government plans to further extend this development, hoping to generate 10,000 MW (20 percent of total output) by 2025. In pursuit of these targets, an auction was held in May 2016 as part of a program called RenovAR, in which companies could bid on contracts to produce 1,000 MW of power. A bid of $400 million has already been submitted by Pampa Energia, with the winning bidders set to be announced on Sept. 28.
Optimism Returns to Brazil's Economy
According to Brian Winter, the chief director of the American Quarterly, “If history is any guide, Brazil’s Soccer Olympic Gold may be remembered as a turning point in the crisis.” In an interesting perspective, Winter sees parallels between the trajectories of the Brazilian economy and the performance of the Brazilian soccer league, pointing out how those seemingly unrelated events ended up connected by the mood of the country and its impact on the economy.
Investment Opportunities Increase Under Peru's New President
The growth agenda of Peru’s newly elected president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, will encourage privately led investment opportunities across many sectors, with key opportunities in infrastructure, real estate and mining. Market-driven policies including tax breaks for small businesses, cuts in consumption taxes, reduction of the national sales tax from 18 to 15 percent, and removal of regulations. These measures are expected to stimulate the formal economy and increase government revenues, bolstering consumption and investment. Other key proposals include improving agriculture and increasing the fiscal deficit in 2017 to improve access to health care and education. This increased government spending will help attract investment into the country.
Interoceanic Grand Canal Takes Shape
After a year of delays, construction is expected to begin on a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua. Hong Kong-based HKND Group will begin by constructing a fuel terminal and ship wharf on the country’s Pacific Coast; the new port facility will then be used to import the machinery needed for subsequent phases of construction. Financing for the 170-mile-long (274-kilometer) canal will come from debt and equity sales and a potential IPO, according to HKND Group Vice President KW Pang.
Brazil Moves to Liberalize Foreign Trade and Investment Policies
Brazil is prioritizing the liberalization of its service sector, an indication of the government’s desire to enter into negotiations on free trade agreements. A recent presidential decree called for Brazil to “pay special attention to strategic actions to promote the competitiveness of Brazilian companies in the global value chain, investment attraction, job creation and support for small to midsize companies.” Taken together, these developments indicate an interest in increased globalization on the part of Brazil’s gove
Explore New Export Opportunities in Argentina and Chile
Explore New Export Opportunities in Argentina and Chile ARGENTINA Situated in the southern hemisphere bordering Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay, Argentina has a population of 43.4 million, 92 percent of whom live in urban areas. Despite two sovereign debt defaults in the last 15 years and the end of the commodity boom, Argentina presents significant long-term…
Challenges and Opportunities in Panama's Energy Sector
Panama is the fastest growing and most dynamic economy in Latin America, with GDP growth of 6.0 percent in 2015 and estimated 6.3 percent in 2016. With a population of 3.9 million, a GDP of $46.2 billion in 2014, and a diversified economy based on a well-developed service sector (the Panama Canal, logistics services, banking, free trade zones, insurance, container ports, tourism, etc.), the country has maintained sustained economic growth, averaging 8.2 per year over the past decade. All of this growth has become a challenge for the energy sector by demanding more electricity and new energy sources.
Renewable Energy Poised for Growth in Brazil
Despite the economic difficulties Brazil is facing due to a political crisis, forecasts for the energy sector are optimistic. According to the Brazilian Electrical Energy Agency, investments in this segment for the next four years are expected to amount to about $13 billion.
Argentina Focuses on Renewable Energy
Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s energy agenda, Plan RenovAr, as well as a recent new law, stipulates that 8 percent of the nation’s energy grid must be supplied by renewable sources by the end of 2017, and 20 percent, or 10,000 megawatts, by 2025. Currently, renewable energy accounts for only 1.8 percent of power consumption. Thus, massive investment will be required in the Argentine energy sector to meet rising demand and diversify the country’s energy matrix. The new law offers fiscal benefits for investors in renewable energy and promises the creation of a trust fund to provide payment guarantees and project financing.
Industrial and Agricultural Machinery Sector Grows Rapidly in Uruguay
Uruguay Poised to Become World Leader in Renewable Energy: Wisconsin businesses have the opportunity to invest and take advantage of tax incentives offered by the Uruguayan government
Brazil's Green Building Boom
In August of this year, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, will host the seventh Green Building Brazil International Conference & Expo, the leading sustainable construction event in Brazil and one of the leading events in its category in the world.
Costa Rica Allows Consumers to Return Renewable Energy to the Grid
Under Costa Rica’s new distributed generation program, homes and companies can generate electricity using solar, hydro, biomass or wind. The pricing model for net metering, which will enable homes and businesses that generate their own electricity to store surplus in the grid, took effect in April 2016.
Chile Extends Deadline for Power Supply Tender
The Chilean National Energy Commission (CNE) has extended the deadline for its regulated market power supply tender from through July 27, 2016. Under the tender, companies can submit bids for a 20-year power purchase agreement to provide 13,750 GWh annually. This amount of energy represents one-third of current regulated consumer consumption and 29 percent of Chile’s supply for the next decade, making the offer the largest power supply provision in Chile’s history.
Brazil's Pharmaceutical Industry Sees Healthy Growth
Despite the political crisis affecting the Brazilian economy, some segments of the economy have shown growth and investment, including pharmaceuticals, beauty and cosmetics, IT innovation, textiles, agribusiness and renewable energy.