Feb 18 2016
El mercado del café llegó en enero al nivel más bajo en dos años, debido principalmente al descenso de los precios del robusta, informó Robério Oliveira Silva, director de la Organización Internacional del Café (OIC).
Feb 16 2016
Como una medida para aliviar el impacto económico del fenómeno de ‘El Niño’ para los productores, desde este martes la Federación Nacional de Cafeteros pagará el total de la pasilla.
Para cumplirlo, el gremio cafetero publicará diariamente el precio de referencia de la pasilla.
Feb 15 2016
Un total de 65.972 toneladas de arroz entrarán durante este primer semestre, como resultado de la subasta que da el derecho a importar a Colombia este cereal estadounidense, con cero arancel.
Se sabe que entre abril y junio hay una relativa baja oferta del cereal que se cosecha en el país, por lo que este volumen entra a suplir la posible escasez que llegue a presentarse.
Por otra parte, evita que esta llegue para la cosecha nacional del grano, que empieza a recogerse en el mes de julio.
Apr 25 2019
EVERYTHING ABOUT Alan García was big: his bulky frame, his oratory, his political talents, his ambition, his sense of self-importance, his mistakes and moral flaws. In the end he took the biggest, and saddest, decision: to end his life on April 17th after police arrived at his house in Lima to jail him for alleged corruption. A proud man, subject to depression, that was a humiliation he was not prepared to suffer. He was not the first Latin American leader to take that way out. But he may have merely postponed, not averted, condemnation.
When first elected as Peru’s president in 1985, aged just 36, he fancied himself an anti-imperialist lion like Cuba’s Fidel Castro. He declared a partial default on Peru’s foreign debt and spent public money like confetti. It ended badly, in hyperinflation, slump and a failed bid to nationalise the banks. Mr García could not curb either the terrorism of the Shining Path Maoist guerrillas or the abuses of the army in repressing it.
Yet in 2006 he was back, older and wiser. He understood that the world had changed and that Peru had to be part of it. He backed a free-trade deal with the United States. The Pacific Alliance of free-trading Latin American countries was his idea. Helped by the commodity boom, he presided over roaring economic growth and built roads.
There was always a...
Apr 25 2019
PANAMA IS AMONG the luckier countries in Latin America. Drug-traffickers mostly bypass the isthmus, preferring to ship cocaine to the United States through northerly neighbours. A forest protected the country from Colombia’s long-running insurgencies. Its canal provided $1.7bn to the treasury last year, an eighth of the government’s budget. Panama’s citizens are the second-richest in Latin America. Thanks partly to the canal, its economy is the fastest-growing. The social safety-net is generous by regional standards and life expectancy matches that in the United States.
These boons do not exempt Panama from problems that bedevil many Latin American countries. Three dozen families control the economy. Politics and business are prone to corruption. Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm that bribed politicians across Latin America, paid $100m to suborn Panamanian officials. The “Panama papers”, leaked in 2016, revealed that some of the firms housed in Panama City’s gleaming office blocks are dedicated to helping people across the globe launder money and dodge taxes. Panama’s schools perform poorly in international rankings. It is among the most unequal countries in Latin America, against stiff competition.
The presidential and congressional elections scheduled for May 5th are unlikely to produce radical change...
Apr 25 2019
JUAN GUAIDÓ, recognised as Venezuela’s interim president by the United States and more than 50 other countries, has called for the country’s biggest-ever street protests on May 1st. So far, neither mass demonstrations nor economic miseries have been able to dislodge the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. Now President Donald Trump is adding an extra weapon: lawsuits directed at Cuba, Mr Maduro’s main supporter. From May 2nd the way will be open for a flood of them: Mr Trump has decided to let American citizens seek damages against foreign companies that are using properties seized after the 1959 revolution. The move is part of a raft of measures meant to help topple the “troika of tyranny”, as John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, calls the left-wing regimes of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Previous presidents, heeding the concerns of trading partners, repeatedly suspended the “Title III” provisions of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. These would allow Americans to pursue claims in the United States against companies “trafficking” in properties expropriated by Cuba. Mr Trump likes to be different. On April 17th his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced that the suspension would go.
On the same day, in a pugnacious (and alliterative) speech in Miami to veterans of the failed invasion in 1961 of Cuba’s Bay of...