Latin America Must Prioritize Infrastructure to Spur Economic Growth
March 13, 2023 | The Wilson Center
The current infrastructure situation in Latin America is not favorable: the region falls short when it comes to investments. According to the World Bank, East Asia and the Pacific invest approximately 8 percent of GDP in infrastructure, while Latin America and the Caribbean invest approximately 3 percent of GDP... more
America’s Air, Sea, and Land Ports Require Investment to be Globally Competitive
March 2, 2023 | The Wilson Center’s 5G Beyond Borders
Ports—air, sea, and land—are the lifeblood of commerce, both domestic and international. Vitally important to trade, the efficiency and effectiveness of port services have a direct impact on the competitiveness of industrial sectors, industries, and entire nations... more
Can Companies Be Virtuous and Still Turn a Profit?
February 8, 2023 | The Hill
One of the hottest trends in the world of investing, ESG is an outgrowth and refinement of “corporate social responsibility (CSR)”, a business concept that has gained greater traction over the last two decades. Both ESG and CSR are rooted in the question: What should be the role of the corporation in society? Should it focus solely on making and increasing a profit (serving shareholders) or increasing social and environmental concerns into business operations (serving stakeholders)?... more
Trade Facilitation---The Missing Component of Infrastructure
January 31, 2023 | Latin Trade
Mention the term “infrastructure” and one immediately thinks of the backbone of an economy—roads, bridges, ports, transportation systems, electrical grids, water supplies, communication technologies and the like. The availability, accessibility and quality of a nation’s infrastructure are essential to its economy, health and social well-being of its citizenry. This is even more the case for trade-dependent economies. Unfortunately, however, policymaking on infrastructure rarely addresses international trade while policymaking on international trade hardly mentions infrastructure... more
Is Globalism Undermining Globalization?
January 29, 2023 | The National Interest
“Globalization,” the bête noir of isolationists, protectionists, and labor and environmental activists for nearly a decade is now considered by many reasonable, centrist-oriented individuals to be dying, if not dead already... more
Entrepreneurship, no longer just a young person’s game
January 26, 2023 | Miami Today
Mention the terms “entrepreneur” and “start-up” and one typically thinks of Millennials—young people filled with passion, optimism and confidence populating the technology hubs of the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Raleigh, Boston and Miami. However, this widespread stereotype has obscured a felicitous “demographic dividend”—namely individuals in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s have the interest and ability to launch new ventures or contribute to the expansion of existing ones... more
Latin America’s Infrastructure Challenge
January 17, 2023 | Latin Trade
While Latin America is competitive in a select number of sectors such as mining and agribusiness, collectively—as a region—it lags behind Asia. The reasons for subpar performance are many, but one that continues to loom large is infrastructure... more
Will Crypto Replace National Currencies?
January 10, 2023 | The National Interest
The infamous three letters FTX will be removed from the arena that serves as home to the Miami Heat basketball team and a popular venue for musical events. The collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange has impacted many other organizations as well, such as ProPublica, the non-profit investigative news outlet, that received a $1.6 million donation from FTX. (They have indicated they intend to return it)... more