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LEO News - N°6 - May-June 2008 - Latin America at the OECD Development Centre


March-April 2008


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The political economy of fiscal posibilism in Latin America

Fiscal policy is crucial for Latin America’s development in terms of economic growth, social cohesion, and democratic consolidation. Many governments in the region, moreover, have taken great strides to establish solid fiscal regimes – but much remains to be done. These were among the main conclusions of the OECD Development Centre experts meeting held last 24 and 25 April in Paris, gathering academics and seasoned policy makers.


Sovereign debt in Latin America (% of GDP)

Will tougher economic times make it more difficult to undertake fiscal reforms postponed during recent boom years? The meeting, organised with the support of FIIAPP, discussed ongoing analysis for the next Latin American Economic Outlook, including the link between fiscal policy and development, the quality of public spending, the structure of Latin American tax systems, and issues related to the informal sector, among others. More, next October, when LEO 2009 will be presented at San Salvador, during the XVIII Ibero-American Summit.
More on the Experts Meeting
Download the Meeting Agenda
Fiscal Policy & Legitimacy (LEO 2008)

LEO at the World Economic Forum on Latin America

Joined by leading economists Ricardo Haussmann and Moisés Naim, the director of the OECD Development Javier Santiso presented LEO 2008 at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, in Cancún (15-16 April).

During the interesting roundtable discussion, Hausmann, Naim and Santiso agreed on the need to boost the efficiency and quality of public expenditure in the region, while making it fairer and more progressive. The OECD Development Centre also participated in roundtables covering topics such as competitiveness in Latin America and the rise of China as a major exporter of capital in the region.
More on the LEO presentation
WEF interview with Javier Santiso

Recent publications Top

Adapting to the Rise of China: How Can Latin American Companies Succeed?

Companies and governments can maximize together the opportunities offered by China’s rapid economic rise. This working paper, joinly publish with the World Economic Forum, assesses some innovative business strategies Latin American firms are adopting to win in a changing global economic landscape. (more...)

América Latina: Punto de encuentro entre Asia y España

Following the recent Annual General Assembly of the Asian Development Bank held in Madrid, this article published by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade highlights Spain’s opportunity to become a hub for business relations between Latin America and Asia. (more...)




In the Media Top

El 'todo a cien' de China e India
El Pais, Spain, May 2008

Profundizar el comercio intrarregional, reto de AL
El Financiero, Mexico, April 2008

No existe la maldición latina
Excelsior, Mexico, April 2008

O centro e a periferia
Valor Econômico, Brazil, April 2008

At the Development Centre Top

African Economic Outlook Launched
The seventh edition of the African Economic Outlook (2008 AEO) was launched on 13 May in Paris and Berlin, and was introduced at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) group in Maputo on 11 May. The special focus of the 2008 AEO is developing technical and vocational skills.
Business for Development: Promoting Commercial Agriculture in Africa
What will turn African agriculture into a profitable business? Our 2008 edition of Business for Development, to be launched in Tokyo and Yokohama at the occasion of TICAD IV, offers evidence-based analysis and advice on how to foster African agricultural development and seeks ways for it to become a profitable industry.

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