Latin America Could Turn to Russia, China in Wake of Trade Split With US

The governments of some Latin American countries have signaled that they are ready to “break their dependence” on the United States; Russia and China could play a key role in the region, Venezuelan political analyst Ernesto Wong told Sputnik Mundo. In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, Venezuelan political analyst Ernesto Wong said that in Latin America,Continue reading “Latin America Could Turn to Russia, China in Wake of Trade Split With US”

Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. “It’s really easyContinue reading “Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access”

Mexico’s International Trade Agenda for 2017

International events such as “Brexit,” the United States’ potential withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) or the possibility of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are all extremely relevant for Mexico’s economy – which has the fourth-largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the Americas and the 15th-largest GDP in the world.Continue reading “Mexico’s International Trade Agenda for 2017”

Meet Canada’s new International Trade Minister

François-Phillippe Champagne, a lawyer who’s worked for a string of major multinationals, Champagne knows the world of global trade—but says Canadians must reap the benefits at home. Arguably the biggest promotion in today’s federal cabinet shuffle goes to François-Philippe Champagne, who vaults from parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, a supporting role just outside cabinet,Continue reading “Meet Canada’s new International Trade Minister”

Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development

In the landscape of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trade is a means of implementation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development further specifies the role of trade as “an engine for inclusive growth and poverty reduction, and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development.”Continue reading “Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development”

Will Latin America Regain Prosperity in 2017?

Developments in the United States and China will impact Mexico and South America differently, experts say. Latin America’s major nations are hoping that 2017 will be the year that they finally recover from the lingering impact of weak commodity prices. For the fourth consecutive year, Latin America’s exports contracted in 2016, according to a reportContinue reading “Will Latin America Regain Prosperity in 2017?”