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.
Sep 24 2020
ON SEPTEMBER 21st President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) began his televised early-morning press conference by asking a functionary to read out an interminable list of petrol prices at service stations around the country. Then there were video updates on AMLO’s pet infrastructure projects: an $8bn oil refinery, a new airport in Mexico City and three new railway lines. After an hour or so, he got to the meat of his agenda: attacking two small monthly magazines, Nexos and Letras Libres, and singling out by name their editors, Héctor Aguilar Camín and Enrique Krauze.
They “were the chiefs of the intelligentsia throughout the neoliberal period”, AMLO complained. He insinuated that they acted as hired propagandists for the governments of his predecessors. “They belong to the conservative grouping which would like to maintain the same regime of corruption, injustices and privilege,” he said earlier this month. These attacks, which apply, too, to Reforma, an independent newspaper, have intensified in the past few weeks. They look like an attempt to silence critical voices in the Mexican media by a populist president who has already hobbled previously independent institutions such as the Supreme Court and regulatory agencies. Many media businesses practise...
Sep 24 2020
FRANCISCO, AN ACCOUNTANT, sips coffee in a café as he explains why he would move to Punta del Este, Uruguay’s most famous beach resort, from his native Argentina. “I can’t sit back and watch my government drain my pension pot empty over the next few years with crazy taxes.” Arturo, a business owner from the province of Buenos Aires, joins the conversation. “I’ve moved already, and my family will follow when the school year ends.” The Peronists, who won back power in Argentina last year, had started “class warfare”.
The exchange on Calle Gorlero, Punta del Este’s main shopping street, suggests that the drive to attract new residents to Uruguay, launched by the country’s conservative president, Luis Lacalle Pou, is beginning to work. On June 11th, three months after taking office, he issued a decree making it easier for foreigners to settle in the country. It reduces the value of property a person must buy to qualify for residency from $1.7m to $380,000. For business owners, the minimum investment has been cut from $5.5m to $1.7m. A five-year tax holiday for both sorts of newcomer has been extended to ten. Foreigners need no longer spend six months every year in Uruguay to qualify for residency. From July 1st the minimum stay is 60 days. The legislature endorsed the changes in August.
As enticing as those tax breaks are,...
Sep 24 2020
AT FIRST SIGHT, the impeachment vote on September 18th looked like a big victory for Peru’s president, Martín Vizcarra. Just 32 of 130 congressmen voted to remove him on suspicion that he had obstructed a corruption investigation. But the president owes his survival to the incompetence of his foes rather than to the strength or enthusiasm of his supporters. One congressman, Daniel Urresti, described him as the “living dead” before abstaining.
Peru needs a vigorous president more than usual. The country has the world’s highest number of recorded deaths from covid-19 as a share of its population. The government expects the economy to shrink by 12% this year, which would be the most severe contraction in Latin America. But Peruvians will have to wait months for a fully functioning government and may not get one even then. The country is due to hold a general election in April, and to inaugurate a new president in July. The impeachment saga suggests that the political system may well fail to produce stability.
Until recently, the country has prospered despite its chaotic politics. Annual GDP growth averaged 4.5% in the decade from 2009, among the fastest in the region. The Central Bank has kept inflation low and the finance ministry has kept budget deficits in check. The official poverty rate dropped from 42% in 2007 to 20...