The Inter American Development Bank, IDB, has organized a seminar to discuss industrial policies in Latin America and the Caribbean in a post Washington-Consensus framework. Anemic economic growth in the region is in need of policy shot in the arm.
Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean set a new record high in 2014 with 65bn dollars basically supported by the recovery of the economy and labor market in the United States, according to the latest release from the Inter American Development Bank.
Prime Minister David Cameron will hold an early referendum on membership of the European Union if he can first reach a deal that satisfies his demands for major changes in Britain's relationship with the bloc, his spokesman said yesterday.
Energy company Rockhopper Exploration and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd., have announced that drilling operations at Isobel Deep well have recommenced. Isobel Deep is located in the North Falklands basin and is part of the current round of drilling in Falklands' waters.
In a move which has been interpreted as a right turn, economist Rodrigo Valdes was named as Chile's finance minister on Monday by President Michelle Bachelet, in a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in which four of her closest ministers were sacked or shifted into other roles. On Valdes' immediate to-do list is an upcoming 1.26 billion dollars international debt issue.
Argentina has launched a stinging attack on hedge funds attempting to block payment on last month's Bonar 24 debt issuance, stating that the petition shows the 'vulture funds' desperation following the successful auction.
Brazil's consumer price inflation slowed in April, but not enough to prevent the 12-month rate from remaining well above the central bank's target. The consumer-price index, IPCA, rose 0.71% in April, compared with a rise of 1.32% in March, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, said in its latest release.
China's central bank announced Sunday it would cut interest rates by 25 basis points as authorities seek to boost the flagging economy following a raft of data indicating a slowdown. The benchmark one-year lending rate would be reduced to 5.1% and the deposit rate to 2.25% from Monday, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) said on its website.
The chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, has warned stock market levels present potential dangers, insisting current valuations, which have seen key US and UK indicators reach record levels, were quite high. However she did not see 'any bubbles forming'.
Brazil's central bank expects inflation to run above the official target this year and next, despite months of monetary tightening, signaling policymakers could maintain an aggressive pace of interest-rate hikes to lower stubborn prices. In the minutes of its April 29 rate-setting meeting, the bank said it would remain vigilant to ease persistently high inflation.