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”

China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America

China has big plans for Latin America—plans that seem to reflect China itself: massive and ambitious. There are plans for a $10 billion, 3,300-mile-long transcontinental railroad snaking through the jungles of the Amazon river basin and over the highest mountain range in Latin America, linking the Atlantic shore to the Pacific. There’s talk of aContinue reading “China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America”

Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment

There is consensus that extreme poverty and hunger must be eradicated by 2030 through accelerated, inclusive and equitable economic growth without damaging the environment. This calls for sustainable and integrated, balanced and simultaneous implementation of economic, social and environmental dimensions without one dimension gaining at the expense of others, as agreed at the Rio+20 ConferenceContinue reading “Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment”

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”

Cambodia’s Experiment With Responsible Tourism

In Cambodia, local communities open their homes to visitors as part of community-based tourism. While most visitors to Cambodia are still struggling to find the perfect spot to capture the sunrise of Angkor Wat among the crowd, some have already heard the call of the local community and found their tranquility there. Over the past few years,Continue reading “Cambodia’s Experiment With Responsible Tourism”

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”