Weekly Update: Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Bolivia – Fundación Milenio released its 158th economic analysis bulletin. This bulletin features an analysis of the challenges the Basel III global regulatory standard is posing for the Bolivian banking system. It concludes that even though Basel III aims to reduce the risks in the banking system, higher level of political intervention could instead increase the risks and cancel out improvements made in previous years. 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. Milenio distributed the bulletin to 221 key journalists, as well as to more than 4,800 subscribers to its electronic database. The report is available for download in Spanish on Milenio’s website.

Guatemala – On August 9, CIPE partner the National Economic Research Center (CIEN) organized a press conference to discuss education reform with representatives from 10 media outlets. CIEN was interviewed on the same topic on Canal Antigua, a popular national television channel. The interview can be seen on this website. Through its activities CIEN strives to put Guatemala on the path to economic liberty, democracy, and social development.

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) the possibility of the left wing in Mexico becoming more radicalized; 2) an evaluation of the Communications and Transportation Secretary’s decision to repeal all concessions for usage of the 2.5 GHz bandwidth; and 3) an evaluation of the government’s public security strategy and the war on drugs in Mexico. The publications are available in Spanish on CIDAC’s website.

Paraguay – The Foundation for Development in Democracy (DENDE) established an executive committee to lead its CIPE-supported “Initiating a National Dialogue on Public Policy” project. Additionally, DENDE signed cooperation agreements with three organizations, including the Center for Information and Resources for Development, Cerneco – a Paraguayan communications organization, and Personal Paraguay – a cellular communications company, to support the project. These organizations will be in charge of promoting the project on national television, assisting in creating nationwide public opinion surveys, providing debate topics, and transmitting surveys via cell phones.


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