Tag Archives: Infrastructure

Argentina leaves markets worried about ability to grow

“It’s like chemotherapy. If you have it all at once, you are going to kill the patient. You need to find a dose that won’t kill the patient.” The patient being discussed by a senior capital markets banker in New … Continue reading

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Political protests could impede Paraguay’s new fiscal responsibility law

The increase in political uncertainty in Paraguay – as demonstrated by protesters setting the country’s Congress building alight during last week’s Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) annual meeting in Asunción – might slow the country’s economic growth, but not derail it. … Continue reading

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Peña presses on as Paraguay outperforms

This year Paraguay is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of its most famous writers, Augusto Roa Bastos, who once described his landlocked country as: “An island surrounded by land”. The small Latin American country, with a … Continue reading

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Infrastructure lessons from Colombia

Road-building is a classic tool to boost a flagging economy. But as Luis Fernando Andrade, president of Colombia’s national infrastructure agency, tells it, it isn’t plain sailing. Colombia began working on its so-called 4G toll-road project in late 2011. With … Continue reading

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BNDES – extrication impossible

With a struggling economy, Brazil will continue to rely heavily on its state development bank to provide long-term finance for crucial infrastructure projects, unless private-sector alternatives can be found. Brazil’s state development bank, BNDES, has strongly denied market rumours about … Continue reading

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Brazil seeks foreign help for infrastructure

The Brazilian government is in negotiations with the IFC and other multilateral lenders to create a system of guarantees that will encourage private sector capital to finance the country’s large infrastructure needs. Brazil is a country that doesn’t have enough … Continue reading

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Interview with: Mauricio Cárdenas, Finance Minister of Colombia

On meeting Mauricio Cárdenas one isn’t immediately reminded of Margaret Thatcher. Or Mikhael Gorbachev. But Cárdenas acknowledges that he has something in common with these politicians (and other notable examples): a big gap between domestic and international perception and appreciation. … Continue reading

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