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This presentation shows the current status of prospective businesess in Latin America

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  • As noted, recently, the performance of the economy has been supported by a sharp improvement in terms of trade.
  • The major factors that have eliminated macroeconomic volatility and thus contributed to the growth of Latin American economies are: controlled inflation, limited debt restructuring, reduced unemployment, and social improvements to address inequality and poverty
  • Colombia is the region’s leading reformer, ranking at 37 of 183 global economies in terms of overall ease of doing business. Colombia is also among the world’s 10 most active reformers—for the fourth time in seven years. Colombia reformed in eight of the 10 regulatory areas assessed by Doing Business . It facilitated business start-up, improved access to credit, expedited trade, strengthened investor protections, and simplified construction permits, property registration, and tax payments. Peru, the region’s runner-up reformer, moved up to 56 from 65 in the global ease of doing business ranking by implementing reforms in six of the 10 areas measured by the report. It reformed business start-up, property registration, and contract enforcement, made it easier to pay taxes, and sped up international trade.
  • Nobody is going to trust one if one does not demonstrate that it values the culture of the others and the best way to do it is to speak its language It must be stated the way you will receive your payment. You can ask for a pay in advance, partial payment and trust the customer will pay the rest It is safer to get an insurance to cover the exportation or /and the financial assistance It is important not only to do business but establish relationships with customers Canadian Chambers of Trade in Latin –American countries are source of help to trade, as Canadian embassies as well.
  • VIDOSSA Consulting is a Saint John-based commercial services company that will offer assessment and consulting services to those Canadian companies interested in export their products to Latin-American markets. VIDOSSA’s services will provide assistant in market research, networking, meetings and presentations, commercial fairs and many other aspects related with. VIDOSSA will also provide assistant as a Sales Representative for those companies, as a way to launch sales in these markets.
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    • 1.
      • An overview on the Latin-American region. Regulatory issues and opportunities.
      Oscar Jaimes. September 2009.
    • 2.
      • Latin-American countries are very dependent on developments and slowdowns in the world activity
      • International trade has boomed and poverty has declined
      • Multilateral Banks (European Union, IADB, WB) are the main source of financing in Latin America and the Caribbean, supporting strategies to increase trade and investment in:
        • Water sanitation,
        • Urban transportation,
        • Food security,
        • Public health,
        • Energy projects,
      CURRENT SITUATION LATIN-AMERICA
    • 3.
        • Agricultural technology,
        • early warning technologies,
        • Power energy,
        • Land management programs,
        • Fishery technologies,
        • Education,
        • Solid waste management,
        • Information technology,
        • Applied software,
        • Housing for low income population,
        • Competitiveness & Development, etc.
      CURRENT SITUATION LATIN-AMERICA (cont.)
    • 4.
      • Asian economies increasing a strong presence in textiles, electronics, machinery and more (10% vs. 40% North America)
      • The region has a comfortable position in terms of per capita income
      • Importance of Trade has increased significantly for the region
      • Abundant natural resources: oil, natural gas, other minerals, water...
      • Canada’s key investments in LAC (Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, etc:
            • Natural resources & Telecom development
            • Mining, Hydro-electrical transmission
            • Banking
            • Information technology
            • Agri-business
      CURRENT SITUATION LATIN-AMERICA (cont.)
    • 5.
      • COLOMBIA (the region leading reformer in 2008 - 2009):
        • Facilitated business start-up.
        • Improved access to credit
        • Expedited trade
        • Strengthened Investor protection
        • Simplified construction permits, property registration & tax payments
      • PERU (signed a Free Trade Agreement -FTA- with Canada in 2009):
        • Reformed business start-up, property registration & contract enforcement
        • Made easier to pay taxes
        • Sped-up international trade
      REGULATORY REFORMS IMPLEMENTED IN THE REGION
    • 6.
      • Made easier to start a business:
        • Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico & Peru
      • Shortened Trade times:
        • Guyana, Paraguay
      • Improved property registration, construction permits & access to credit:
        • Guatemala, Panama, Colombia
      • Eased tax payments:
        • Mexico, Colombia, Peru
      • Always is recommended a careful previous Due Diligence
      REGULATORY REFORMS IMPLEMENTED IN THE REGION
    • 7.
      • Culture & Language:
        • Relationship building – Face to face meetings, frequent visits, etc. As key factors
      • Import Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers:
        • Import duties & complicated import procedures, bureaucracy vs. Barriers coming down
      • Bureaucracy/Documentation:
        • Normal interventionism & bureaucracy in permits, taxes, customs clearance, visas
      • Intellectual Property:
        • Companies should be aware of protecting intellectual property
      • Finding Competent and Trustworthy Agents/Representatives:
        • Deep research required to find reliable firms capable of representing Canadian interests
      CURRENT CHALLENGES IN THE REGION
    • 8.
      • Corporate Social Responsibility:
        • to be sensitive to environmental, human rights, land use, etc.
      • Lack of Information:
        • Lack of adequate knowledge about complexities of doing businesses in Latam & the Caribbean
      • Variances Country to Country:
        • South, Central America and the Caribbean as different blocks with rivalries and great variances
      • Competition:
        • Historical links with Europe and increasing presence of China, Japan, India...
      CURRENT CHALLENGES IN THE REGION (cont.)
    • 9.
      • Ocean Technologies, Aquaculture in Chile, Brazil, Argentina
      • Information technology and Environmental services in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil
      • Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Health, Telecom in Venezuela, Colombia
      • Nuclear & thermal energy, Agriculture technologies in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay
      • Cold weather tech (clothes, heating, concrete curing, etc.), remote sensing and communications in countries of the Southern cone
      • Mining, Hydropower, tourism industry and infrastructure projects in Central America: Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua
      • Tourism industry, oil & gas in Bahamas, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti, etc.
      CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES IN LATAM & THE CARIBBEAN
    • 10.
      • VIDOSSA Consulting provides consulting services to Canadian companies interested in exporting their products and services to Latin-American & the Caribbean markets:
        • Market prospects: General overview and prospecting potential partners in the region
        • Key contact search: Potential distributors
        • Local company information
        • Matchmaking
        • Visit information
        • Translation services
        • Others: Assistance to Fairs, meetings, presentations, etc.
      VIDOSSA Consulting Services
    • 11.
      • Western Canada & Latin America Existing and Potential Commercial Relationships. Western Economic Diversification Canada. August 2008
      • The Prospects for Latin America: Risks and Opportunities with a Historical Perspective. Emerging Markets Forum. June 2008
      • Doing Business 2010: Latin America Steps Up Business Regulatory Reform. International Finance Corporation (World Bank). September 2009.
      Bibliography

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