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Global Powers Court Latin America

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 This is an article from the AS/COA newsletter:

Global Powers Court Latin America

An article in The Christian Science Monitor calls Latin America “
one of the most popular belles of the global economic ball,” given that several countries—Russia, China, and Iran among them—have been ramping up diplomatic, military, and economic ties to the region. Recent visitors to the region include Russian and Chinese presidents and the U.S. defense secretary. In the article, AS/COA’s Christopher Sabatini points out that Latin America has benefited by diversifying economic partners, saying: “The attention is good because it provides an engine of economic growth.” 

The reason for all the attention is that the Global Powers need their natural resources such as oil, lumber, mining and fresh water. Roberto

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:16

Where is China investing in Latin America?

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Peru is China's top target

The Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce said on 22 April 2010 that Peru is the principal destination of Chinese investment in Latin America. China currently has US$ 1.4 billion in investments in Peru, including a US$ 703 million investment in Peru Copper. Peruvian exports to China in the first two months of 2010 stood at US$785 million compared to US$ 746 million in exports to the United States. A free trade agreement between the countries entered into effect on March 1.



On 21 April 2010 China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) announced a US$ 900 million bonus payment to Venezuela for allowing it to explore in the Orinoco Belt. A Russian consortium has paid US$ 600 million of its promised 1 billion to explore the Junin 6 block in the Orinoco.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:06

China lends $20 Billion to Venezuela

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 This article appeared on the AS/COA Online Report (Americas Society Council of the Americas)

Beijing Pledges $20 Billion to Venezuela
Beijing and Caracas underscored their burgeoning ties over the weekend with $20 billion in Chinese financing, largely for Venezuela’s energy sector.
Beijing and Caracas signed a series of agreements over the weekend, including a Chinese pledge of $20 billion in financing. Central to the accords is a $16.3 billion joint venture between Chinese and Venezuelan energy firms to develop a block in the Orinoco oil belt, helping to secure a Venezuelan oil supply for energy-hungry China. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez also said the Chinese loans would fundinfrastructure projects in his country, although details were not disclosed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 22:11

Comparing electrical costs in Central America

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 Honduras has the cheapest source of geothermal electricity, at US$ 89.90 per megawatt hour, according to data from electric distributors Disnorte y Dissur. The cost of a megawatt hour of geothermal electricity is US$ 101.58 in Guatemala, US$ 118.76 in Nicaragua, US$ 123.44 in El Salvador, and US$ 140.67 in Panama.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 17:08

The Epic Journey

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Nine countries, 12,120 kilometers, two large dogs and a directionally challenged (but otherwise brilliant) wife - in a Honda mini-van!

Want to find out how it went? We are retracing our steps in April, stopping into over twenty more retirement destinations along the way, giving you our "FIRST IMPRESSIONS" of each location. Find out how to bring your pets into Latin America.

You must be a member to read the account of our journey. Click here to become a free member of Retirement Detectives today!  When your registration is confirmed, come back and login, then click on the links in the Destinations box on the right of this page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:16 Register to read more...

Best places in world to live: UN's Human Development Index

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Of the 182 Countries, as measured by life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, Norway tops the list, with Niger pulling up the worst record in the world.

1) Norway

2) Australia

3) Iceland

4) Canada

5) Ireland

6) Netherlands

7) Sweden

8) France

9) Switzerland

10) Japan

11) Luxembourg

12) Finland

13) USA

14) Austria

15) Spain

16) Denmark

17) Belgium

18) Italy

19) Liechtenstein

20) New Zealand

21) United Kingdom

Of interest, the Central and South American countries fared well to poor:

Argentina: 49

Mexico 53

Costa Rica 54

Venezuela 58

Panama 60

Columbia 77

Ecuador 80

China 92

Belize 93


Not fairing well: 

El Salvador 106

Honduras 112

Guatemala 122

India 134

Worst three: 

180 Sierra Leone

181 Afghanistan

182 Niger



Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 15:35

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