Without a doubt, 2018 promises to be a historic year in Latin America. For the first time in more than 20 years, multiple countries are deciding who their next presidents will be at roughly the same time. President-elects took office in Chile and Costa Rica earlier this year, and Iván Duque just won the presidency in Colombia. In July Mexico will hold its presidential election—with Andrés Manuel López Obrador currently leading in the polls—and in October, Brazilian will cast their votes for their next president.
As we have seen in the past, new presidents in Latin America can often bring about significant change for different industries, as we’ve seen happen with mining, electronic goods, luxury, healthcare and more.
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Recently, Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) organized a webinar to evaluate the possible impact of these presidential elections on companies, specifically in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. John Price —AMI’s Managing Director and LatAm market analyst with more than 25 years of experience in studying the region — was joined by Eduardo Gamarra, political science professor at Florida International University, and Tim Padgett, Americas Editor for WLRN. Dr. Gamarra has written 12 books and nearly 100 scholarly articles on Latin America, as well as serving as the director for FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center from 1994 to 2007. Tim’s extensive, award-winning experience covering Latin America stretches back for nearly 30 years — he served as Newsweek’s Mexico City bureau chief and as the Latin America bureau chief for Time, interviewing more than 20 heads of state.
More than 500 attendees logged on to the webinar to listen to the expert panel weigh the political possibilities of the elections in these key markets and how companies can prepare for the different outcomes.
You can watch a video of the webinar below:
Click on the image below to download presentation slides for the webinar:
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AMI’s team offers a similar type of analysis as the one in this webinar to clients who need an experienced outside perspective to help them in their strategic planning for Latin America.
Contact us to find out more how we can help your company factor in politics, economics and key market shifts in your industry to maximize growth in 2019 and beyond.