Saturday, September 26th 2009 - 00:28 UTC

Uruguayan economy becoming growingly Brazil dependent

Agro-business, energy and finance have been targeted by Brazilian investors

Brazil has become Uruguay’s main trade partner and investor having taken over vital spaces of the country’s economy in its most dynamic sectors, according to different reports that have surfaced during the campaign for next month’s presidential election.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 14:07 UTC

Uruguay on the “grey list” of OECD tax havens

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria is attending the G20 summit

Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala among nine countries remain in the so called “grey list” of tax havens from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, one of the issues to be addressed by the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 14:00 UTC

Pittsburgh summit recognizes historic shift of power to G20

Emerging powers with have 5 percentage point shift in IMF voting

G20 is to take on an expanded role as part of a historic shift that recognises the rising influence of China, Brazil and India. The leaders of the world's top 20 wealthy and developing nations decided that the G20 will take over the role of pre-eminent council on global economic cooperation, a function that for more than three decades had been performed by a smaller club of leading industrial countries known as the G8.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:42 UTC

Russia, Europe’s fastest growing car market collapses

The Togliatti plant dates back to Soviet years and was set up by Italy’s Fiat

Russia's largest carmaker, Avtovaz, is to cut up to 27,600 jobs as it tries to cope with the global slump in demand. The job cuts are more than a quarter of the 102,000-strong workforce at Avtovaz, which makes Lada cars.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:38 UTC

UK unions ready to challenge Jaguar and Land Rover restructuring

The traditional British brands now belong to Indian giant Tata

British unions have condemned plans by car giant Jaguar Land Rover to close one of its UK plants. The firm said it would decide next year whether to shut its factory at Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, which makes Jaguars, or its site at Solihull, which makes Range Rovers.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:34 UTC

British Chancellor tells bankers “the party is over”

No Darling for bankers and the “almighty car crash”

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has warned bankers that the party is over and they must realise the world has changed. He made the comments in a BBC interview before leaving for the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 09:55 UTC

Pittsburgh G-20 summit kicks off with minor clashes in the streets

Geithner said a consensus to limit bankers’ pay and bonuses by the end of 2009 had been reached

Trouble has flared as world leaders gathered Thursday in the US city of Pittsburgh for the G20 summit. Reports said riot police used pepper gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters on a march near the venue.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 02:09 UTC

Catholic Church blasts “irritating” Argentine government numbers on poverty

The economy is cooling, unemployment is up but poverty is down, according to the Kirchner administration

Argentina’s Catholic Church considers “irritating” the argument that poverty had diminished in the country when it is plain evidence that this is not the case, “rather the contrary”. It is indignant for Argentina that the system should consider the excluded as “a variable of political success”.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 00:58 UTC

MIT poverty investigation centre opens in Chile

One of the projects is providing affordable housing

The Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) will open its new Latinamerican headquarters in Chile next Monday, Sept. 28. J-PAL is an organization that investigates poverty and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 11:59 UTC

Argentina’s industrial production showing signs of recovery

In the first eight months of the year automobile manufacturing plunged 34%

Argentina's industrial production index in August rose 1.4% on the month, but was down 4.7% on the year, the Foundation for Latin American Economic Research, FIEL, said in a report released Wednesday.


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