Weekly Update: Latin America and the Caribbean

Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200

Bolivia – Fundación Milenio released its 163rd economic analysis bulletin. This bulletin features an analysis of Santa Cruz’s economy and Bolivia’s economic growth. These economic analysis bulletins form part of CIPE’s and Milenio’s efforts to cultivate a more informed citizenship in the area of economic policy. The report is available for download in Spanish on Milenio’s website.

Mexico – The Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) published a new edition of “Semana Política,” its weekly policy analysis brief. In this week’s brief, CIDAC discussed three topics: 1)an evaluation of Marcelo Ebrard’s record during his time as head of government; 2) an analysis of the amendments and additions to the Government Accountability Act; and 3) an analysis of the Labor Law reforms. The publications are available in Spanish on CIDAC’s website. Additionally, on September 13, CIDAC held its Sixth Conference on Competition and Regulation, which featured Agustín Carstens, executive director of Bank of Mexico, and Senators David Penchyna from PRI, Roberto Gil from PAN, and Mario Delgado from PRD.

Paraguay – CIPE Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean John Zemko and CIPE consultant Kathy Barclay were in Asunción to conduct a board strategy session with the Federation of Production, Industry, and Commerce (FEPRINCO). They spent several days meeting with FEPRINCO board members and senior staff before holding a one-day workshop to discuss issues such as strategic planning, governance, membership, and financial oversight.

Peru – On September 15, Instituto Invertir, with support from its national alumni network, administered the EmprendeAhora selection exam to nearly 1,200 university students from all regions of Peru. The exam measured students’ aptitude (logic, verbal, and math test) and attitude (entrepreneurial spirit test) and included a case study about society, democracy, and values. The top 300 students will be selected for in-person interviews, after which Invertir will award approximately 130 scholarships for its CIPE-supported EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program.

Regional – This week on the CIPE-supported RevistaPerspectiva.com: Sebastián Castaño and Jhonnattan Galindo provide an analysis offreedom of expression over the internet in Argentina; Armando Regil Velasco, founder of the Institute of Strategic Thinking Agora A.C. in Mexico, and Marco Antonio González Pérez, professor and researcher at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico, offer their perspectives on the tension amongst Mexico's political parties; and Mario David Chaves, visiting scholar at the Legislative Observatory of the Political Science Institute (ICP) in Colombia comments on Colombia's global competitiveness.

Venezuela – On September 10, CIPE partner the Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge (CEDICE) organized a forum on “Controls, Fiscal Reform, and Latin America’s Economic Growth, towards Liberalism or Populism?” The speakers included Rafael Alfonzo, President of CEDICE; Ricardo Lopez Murphy, Argentinean economist and President of Liberal Network for Latin America; and Venezuelan economist Orlando Ochoa. About 60 professors, entrepreneurs, journalists, sustainable development experts, and environmental experts attended the event and 12 people watched it via live stream. In addition, on September 20, CEDICE held a roundtable event to discuss the shift in the socialist vision of Guyana with the purpose of building consensus and solutions to promote an open and democratic discussion of public policies. The featured speakers were Isabel Pereira, Director of Public Policies at CEDICE; Darmián Prat, research analyst and journalist; and Francisco Layrisse, public policies consultant. Twenty people attended and 10 people watched the event via live stream.

CEDICE was also recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as the second most influential think tank on Twitter in Spanish.  


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