- Searching for “breakout nations” in the emerging markets
- Africa’s new oil and gas finds: the good, bad, and the ugly
- Brazil’s elusive “future” – is it finally here?
- East Africa: the next gold rush?
- Mexico: ready to take on China?
- Peru and Turkey: consolidation or disruption?
- Corruption: which countries are changing?
- Psst… care for a zero-rupee note?
- Can you say “Groupon” in Spanish?
- Frugal innovation meets clean energy
- Antoine van Agtmael
- Bharti Airtel
- Breakout Nations
- Call Centers
- Clean Energy
- East Africa
- El Salvador
- Foreign Investment
- Natural Gas
- Ruchir Sharma
- Social Media
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Transparency International
- United States
- World Bank
Category Archives: Latin America
Book Review: Breakout Nations, by Ruchir Sharma (2012). During the 2000s, almost all emerging markets experienced strong economic growth. However, the global forces that enabled such broad growth are running out of steam, and only some developing countries will continue … Continue reading
It seems just about every business article written about Brazil in the last five or so years has painted a highly optimistic portrait of the country. Of course, there has been some recognition of Brazil’s high taxes, overbearing red tape, … Continue reading
Sometimes it is easy to forget that one of the biggest and most affluent emerging markets lies next door to the United States. Yes, I’m talking about Mexico. While Mexico has suffered rising violence and stagnant economic growth in recent years, changing … Continue reading
In the past 10 days, Peru and Turkey held national elections that have huge potential to impact the steadiness of each country’s progress toward greater democracy and economic prosperity. In Peru, a divided population narrowly opted for Ollanta Humala, a left-wing ex-officer who had backed … Continue reading
Emerging markets have done exceedingly well in terms of economic growth over the last 10 years. As I mentioned in my last post, it stands to reason that some of these high-growing countries would have made strong progress to greater transparency. Transparency … Continue reading
Concern over corruption has surged in India in recent months. Although corruption is nothing new to most Indians, a series of recent high-profile scandals have been particularly galling. These include a multi-billion dollar alleged telecoms scam, alleged financial malpractices in connection with the 2010 … Continue reading
President Obama’s Latin American tour is taking him to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. The first two destinations do not surprise. Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy (and the seventh-largest globally). Chile is Latin America’s most developed country, setting the regional bar for per … Continue reading
The riquimbili is one of my all-time favorite innovations. The what, you say? Developed in Cuba, the riquimbili (pronounced rick-in-billy) is a local term that describes an old bicycle that has been upgraded into a motorcycle. The engine may come from a chain-saw motor and the exhaust pipe from a hollow steel … Continue reading