Weekly Update: Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Bolivia – Fundación Milenio released its weekly economic analysis bulletin, featuring an analysis of the real inflation in Bolivia. 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. They are available for download in Spanish on Milenio’s website. Also, the Central Bank issued commentary on the economic analysis bulletin shortly after its publication.

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 several topics: evaluation of Governor Mancera’s performance, >he autonomy and accountability of the Federal Institute of Access to Public Information and Data Protection (IFAI), and teacher’s union leader Elba Esther Gordillo’s arrest. The publications are available in Spanish on CIDAC’s website.

Paraguay – The Development in Democracy (DENDE) announced at a press conference that the official Paraguayan presidential debates will be simultaneously broadcasted on March 17 and 24 by all the major media outlets in the country. Five television and two radio programs covered the press conference, which was also mentioned in Ultima Hora and Portal Paraguayo de Noticias.

Peru – The students of CIPE-supported EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Invertir held a workshop on “Entrepreneurship” at the Technology University of Peru in Tacna. At the workshop, the facilitators and participants discussed and learned about topics in line with those taught by EmprendeAhora such as leadership, democracy, and entrepreneurship. Approximately 120 students attended the event.

Venezuela – CIPE partner the Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge (CEDICE) organized a roundtable event on the “Human and Economic Freedom Index. Where is Venezuela? What are its prospects?” The speakers included Economist and Professor at the Central University of Venezuela Sary Levy and Professor at the Institute of Higher Management Studies in Venezuela Hugo Farías. Approximately 60 students, professors, entrepreneurs, and journalists attended the event. Media coverage included the following: El Universal,El Tiempo, El Mundo Economía y Negocios, La Voz, Notitarde, El Carabobeño, Revista Dinerom, Noticiero Digital, Radio Venezuela, and Globovisión.

Venezuela – CEDICE continued to host its weekly radio program called “Economics for the People” on Radio María AM, a radio station in the western area of Caracas. This program, reaching the working class, informal, and poor segments of society, features discussion of the free market system. This week’s program focused on inflation, its determining factors, and how to eliminate it.

In addition, CEDICE organized a roundtable event on “Price Controls and its Tragic Results: Food policy and Domestic Production. Who wins and who loses?” led by President of CEDICE Rafael Alfonzo and Professor at the Institute of Higher Management Studies in Venezuela Carlos Machado-Allison. Through this workshop, participants discussed and analyzed the effects of price controls on the availability of goods, services, and food. Approximately 40 people, including students, professors, entrepreneurs, and journalists attended the event. El Universal, El Carabobeño, and Entorno Inteligente published articles referencing the event.

Regional – On the CIPE-supported RevistaPerspectiva.com: Professor at Georgetown University and George Washington University Rubén M. Perina provides an analysis of Latin America's backsliding democracies; Deputy Director of the Culture Institute Brazil-Colombia (IBRACO) Beatriz Miranda Cortes and Researcher at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) in Colombia Olga Lucía Acosta Navarro offer their perspectives on Brazil's democratic and economic development, and Associate Professor at University of Rosario in Colombia María José Álvarez Rivadulla comments on the reason why the middle class is not the only solution for democratic and economic development.

To gauge the utility of RevistaPerspectiva.com and gather feedback from users and current non-users alike, RevistaPersperctiva.com is conducting an online survey (in Spanish) that is open to all.


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