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Montevideo, May 22nd 2019 - 10:51 UTC


  • Friday, April 6th 2018 - 19:47 UTC

    Regaining citizens’ trust in public institutions is key to resuming inclusive growth and well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The report notes that trust in public institutions declined and satisfaction with public services has deteriorated, eroding the social contract in the region.

    Brussels, 09 April 2018 - Three out of four Latin Americans today show little or no confidence in their national governments. Around 80% think corruption is widespread. These levels are both up from 55% and 67% respectively in 2010. Mistrust is rising as in most regions of the world and risks deepening the disconnect between people and public institutions, harming social cohesion and weakening the social contract. Reconnecting public institutions with citizens by better responding to their demands is thus critical for strengthening growth and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and for the well-being of the region’s citizens, according to the Latin American Economic Outlook 2018, Rethinking Institutions for Development. The region needs more transparent, capable, credible and innovative institutions if it wants to put itself on a higher and more inclusive development trajectory.

  • Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:05 UTC

    Latam unemployment expected to increase as economic activity weakens

    “The labor market situation in 2015 is not expected to be particularly conducive to progress in reducing poverty and inequality” said Alicia Bárcena

    The non encouraging economic outlook for the current year will likely prompt a mild increase in the regional unemployment rate to 6.2% from the 6.0% registered in 2014, according to estimates released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

  • Thursday, December 12th 2013 - 06:33 UTC

    Latam forecasted to expand 3.2% in 2014 after a 2.6% this year, says Eclac

    “The world economic situation in 2014 provides opportunities and threats” said  Executive Secretary  Barcena

    The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will expand by 3.2% in 2014, which is higher than the 2.6% for 2013, according to the latest report from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, launched on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.

  • Friday, October 11th 2013 - 13:15 UTC

    Foreign direct investment in Latam remains strong and increases 6% in first half of 2013

    Brazil and Mexico remain the main magnets for FDI according to the ECLAC report

    Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Latin America displayed moderate growth in the first half of this year, compared with the 2012 similar period, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The 13 countries of the region that provided data received 102.951 billion dollars, which was 6% higher than the first six months of the previous year.

  • Thursday, September 12th 2013 - 05:14 UTC

    Mega-regional accords could lead “to redefinition of world trade rules by 2020”

    Harmonizing rules of production networks to facilitate the operations of multinationals in North America, Europe and Asia

    One of the main features emerging with the current international economic situation is mega-regional negotiations linking the main world production networks: Europe, North America and Asia and sometimes skirting WTO, according to the latest report on the Latinamerican and Caribbean economy from Eclac (UN Economic commission for Latam and the Caribbean).

  • Thursday, September 12th 2013 - 01:14 UTC

    Latam trade and growth reflects the weak global economy says Eclac

    Paraguay and Uruguay with the largest increases in export values largely because of considerable growth in soybean and meat sales

    The foreign trade performance of Latin America and the Caribbean reflects the weak global economy. Regional export values are expected to grow by just 1.5% in 2013 (3% in volumes and -1.5% in prices) - which is similar to the 1.4% growth observed in 2012.

  • Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - 20:47 UTC

    Latam and Caribbean poised to grow 3% this year; poor performance from Brazil and Mexico

    ECLAC Executive Secretary Bárcena said the current situation highlights problems of growth sustainability in most of the region

    Latinamerica and the Caribbean are poised to grow 3% this year, according to the July Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean, which is down from the previous April estimate of 3.5%. Slower growth in the region’s two largest economies Brazil and Mexico, and more modest activity in Chile, Panama and Peru have pulled the average down.

  • Wednesday, April 24th 2013 - 06:03 UTC

    Latam/Caribbean region forecasted to expand 3.5% propped by domestic demand

     Paraguay and Panama are the two countries which will most expand says ECLAC

    Latin American and Caribbean countries will grow on average 3.5% this year supported by a strong domestic demand and the improved performance of Argentina and Brazil compared with 2012, according to the latest “Updated economic review of Latin America and the Caribbean 2012’ from the UN Economic Commission for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, ECLAC.

  • Tuesday, January 22nd 2013 - 18:29 UTC

    UN Latam economic commission publishes Yearbook with updated stats on the region

    ECLAC stats show some improvements in social indexes, but still mucho more is needed in education, health and housing

    In Latin America and the Caribbean 94% of primary-school age children attended school, but the figure was down to 75% for secondary level of education. Likewise the average number of people on technical or university courses was three times higher in the richest quintile than in the poorest quintile, according to data collected by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

  • Wednesday, December 12th 2012 - 08:12 UTC

    Latam poised for stronger growth in 2013 pushed by Brazil and Argentina

    ECLAC head Alicia Bárcena said the challenge now is for deep structural change and slowing domestic demand stimuli

    Latin America and the Caribbean will experience stronger economic growth, despite ongoing uncertainties at international level (particularly difficulties faced by Europe, the United States and China), according to new estimates released Tuesday in Santiago de Chile, by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).