Latin America and the Caribbean

LEO News - N°7 - July-August 2008 - Latin America at the OECD Development Centre


July-August 2008


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Young perspectives on Latin America’s future

What do top Latin American students think about Latin America’s development performance and future? The OECD Development Centre Latin American Desk has surveyed the opinion of more than 90 young leaders meeting at Vanguardia Latina 2008, an annual meeting taking place in Washington, DC. Among other findings, young Latin Americans think inequality is the major problem of their region, consider fiscal policy as an engine for development and reckon that public spending should be first allocated to education. Further opinion surveys will be carried out together with Espacio de Vinculación and BID Juventud.


Unlike indirect taxes, direct taxes generate much less revenue in Latin America than in OECDs.
Note: Latin America includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, México and Peru. Source: OECD Revenue Statistics (2007) & OECD Development Centre (2008)

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Fiscal Policy & Legitimacy (LEO 2008)

OECD Development Centre at the G-20

OECD Development Centre Director, Javier Santiso, presented the Centre’s recent work on fiscal policy in Latin America and its implication for development at the G-20 roundatable “Fiscal Space for Stability, Growth and Social Inclusion”, held in Buenos Aires on 19 and 20 June.

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Final round of presentation on Outlook 2008
As our team finalises the Latin American Economic Outlook 2009, a final round of presentations of the main findings and policy messages in the Latin American Economic Outlook 2008 took place during the last couple of months, including Berlin at an event hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index.
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Recent publications Top

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

Working together, companies and governments can make the most of the opportunities offered by China’s economic ascendance. This working paper, joinly publish with the World Economic Forum, assesses innovative business strategies adopted by Latin American firms to move ahead in a changing global economy. (more...)

América Latina: Punto de encuentro entre Asia y España

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

In the Media Top

El poder de los fondos soberanos emergentes
El Pais, Spain, June 2008

Cuentos chinos
El Mundo, Spain, May 2008

¿Impuestos rima con democracia?
El Economista, Mexico, June 2008

Les fonds souverains aceturs du devéloppement
Le Monde, France, June 2008

La reforma de las pensiones en América Latina
El Economista, Mexico, May 2008

La oportunidad de América Latina en Asia
El Economista, Mexico, June 2008

At the Development Centre Top

African Economic Outlook Launched
The OECD Development Centre and the African Development Bank hosted the most successful International Forum on African Perspectives to date on Friday June 27, 2008 at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Employment. People working on and passionate about Africa’s future came out in record numbers (over 500) to listen to rich discussions and exchange with panelists (more...)(AfDB) group in Maputo on 11 May. The special focus of the 2008 AEO is developing technical and vocational skills. (more...)
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. (more...)

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