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Panama signs agreement to expand regional access to LNG
17 August 2018

Blackstone to Buy Altice Towers in Dominican Republic
26 July 2018

Dominican Republic Establishes Diplomatic Ties with China
30 April 2018

Panama Canal Feels Impact Of U.S. Oil & Gas Exports
16 April 2018

Dominican Republic to Join Energy Exploration Rush
5 March 2018

FinnFund to finance 100MW solar portfolio in El Salvador
8 January 2018

Dominican Republic to Tap "Massive Appetite" for Bonds
19 December 2017

The Panama Canal's Big Bet Is Paying Off
8 October 2017

Panama Canal Does Some Good While Upending Historic Trade Routes
7 July 2017

IDB, Central America line up $2.5 billion of infrastructure plans
14 June 2017

Discovery to build $400 million theme park in Costa Rica
18 April 2017

A New Trade Route for Natural Gas Opens in Panama
9 August 2016

The Panama Papers? Here's The Real Panama Story
10 May 2016

Guatemala Returns to Global Market With $700 Million in Bonds
28 April 2016

Panama agrees to adopt global tax reporting standards: OECD head
14 April 2016

Panama to Open $5.3B Canal Expansion June 26 or 'Lose Face'
22 March 2016

Guatemala bucks EM trend with prospect of $500m eurobond
13 January 2016

Gamesa and Iberdrola to Build Four Wind Farms in Costa Rica
29 December 2015

Central American Nations Reach Deal on Cuban Migrants
28 December 2015

Scotiabank Said to Weigh Bid for Dominican Republic's Progreso
17 December 2015

Panama Canal Administrator Expects New Locks to Open On Time
12 October 2015

Nicaragua Canal Company Says $50 Billion Plan Has Public Backing
26 August 2015

Panama’s Casco Viejo Cleans Up Nicely
4 August 2015

Scotiabank to Buy Citigroup’s Panama, Costa Rica Retail & Commercial Banking Ops
14 July 2015

Costa Rica Sees ‘Intel Effect’ Ending as GDP Poised for Pickup
1 June 2015

Why The New Panama Canal Is Exactly What Struggling Retailers Need Right Now
15 May 2015

Costa Rica Currency Outperforms as Oil Cuts Dollar Demand
30 April 2015

Grupo Ficohsa Agrees to Buy Citigroup’s Businesses in Nicaragua
26 March 2015

Panama Canal sets sights on new $17 billion expansion project
26 March 2015

Panama launches US$1.25bn 10-year bond
11 March 2015

Fitch: Panama's Banks Make Important First Step Toward Basel III
10 March 2015

How a Chinese Billionaire Got Invested in Nicaragua's Canal Plan
6 March 2015

Top 20 Most Affordable Latin American Cities for Real Estate
5 March 2015

Joe Biden: A Plan for Central America
29 January 2015

Dominican Republic Sells $2.5 Billion of Bonds to Refinance Debt
20 January 2015

Panama Weighs Another Canal Expansion at Centennial Mark
15 August 2014

Panama and Bolivia to Lead Latin American Region's Growth
5 August 2014

El Salvador passes tax bill aimed at closing loopholes
31 July 2014

Dominican Republic Sells Record $1.25 Billion of Bonds
25 April 2014

Costa Rica mandates banks for up to USD1bn bond
28 March 2014

Panama signs agreement to expand regional access to LNG
17 August 2018

Panama on Friday will sign an agreement with the U.S. Treasury and Energy departments aimed at paving the way for more private investment to expand the importation and distribution of U.S. liquefied natural gas in Latin America. The agreement is part of a Treasury-led initiative called America Crece, incorporating the Spanish word for growth, aimed at boosting U.S. LNG exports, developing Latin American energy resources and downstream demand.

Source - Reuters

Blackstone to Buy Altice Towers in Dominican Republic
26 July 2018

A Blackstone Group LP affiliate has agreed to buy Altice Europe NV’s telecommunications towers in the Dominican Republic, according to people familiar with the matter. The transaction, which may be announced as soon as Friday, values the business at about $170 million, said one of the people, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Source - Bloomberg

Dominican Republic Establishes Diplomatic Ties with China
30 April 2018

The Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the joint communique with his Dominican counterpart to establish ties at ambassadorial level in Beijing on Tuesday morning, China’s Central Television said in a Weibo post. Taiwan cut its relations with the Caribbean nation.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama Canal Feels Impact Of U.S. Oil & Gas Exports
16 April 2018

Even by the harshest of gauging parameters, the Panama Canal is nothing short of an engineering marvel and testament to human ingenuity. Currently in its 104th year of serving as a man-made marine shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, this fascinating inter-oceanic artery operates through a system of dual-lane lock complexes.

Source - Forbes

Dominican Republic to Join Energy Exploration Rush
5 March 2018

The Dominican Republic expects to draw interest from energy titans BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. when it opens the country to natural gas and oil exploration for the first time later this month, joining a push by governments across the Caribbean to develop energy production.

Source - Bloomberg

FinnFund to finance 100MW solar portfolio in El Salvador
8 January 2018

Finnish finance company FinnFund has provided US$15 million in financing to fund the construction of 10 PV projects in El Salvador, which will have a combined generation capacity of 100MW. The company responsible for the projects is Bosforo Ltda. De CV, which is owned by both AES Soluciones and CMI Solaris Investments.

Source - PV Tech

Dominican Republic to Tap "Massive Appetite" for Bonds
19 December 2017

The Dominican Republic is moving to boost liquidity and cut risk in its capital markets, potentially opening one of the highest-yielding local currency bonds in emerging markets to more foreign buyers.

Source - Bloomberg

The Panama Canal's Big Bet Is Paying Off
8 October 2017

Panama’s $5 billion investment to expand its century-old canal is paying off as shipping lines send more U.S.-bound cargoes through the passage instead of the Suez Canal.

Source - Wall Street Journal

Panama Canal Does Some Good While Upending Historic Trade Routes
7 July 2017

By offering a short-cut to deliver billions of dollars of Asian-made goods to America’s East Coast ports, the waterway has helped its shipping company customers to lower their collective carbon emissions by 17 million metric tons during the first full year of operation. When the expansion was planned, the authority’s internal forecast was 9.6 million tons.

Source - Bloomberg

IDB, Central America line up $2.5 billion of infrastructure plans
14 June 2017

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have lined up $2.5 billion to fund infrastructure projects, the IDB said on Wednesday. The plans would use up to $750 million of funds from the IDB plus commitments for another $1.75 billion from private and public sources in the three countries, known as the Northern Triangle.

Source - Reuters

Discovery to build $400 million theme park in Costa Rica
18 April 2017

Local investment firm Sun Latin America will be responsible for developing the 800-hectare (1,977-acre) project in the province of Guanacaste, a beach tourism destination some 225 kilometers (139.81 miles) north of the capital, the government said. The park, which will include hotels, eco-adventure activities, sports areas and restaurants, will generate some 2,000 jobs during its construction.

Source - Reuters

A New Trade Route for Natural Gas Opens in Panama
9 August 2016

When the Panama Canal's expanded locks slid open in late June, perhaps no one was happier than executives in the U.S. shale industry. With the goal of making the U.S. a global powerhouse for natural gas exports, these frackers have their sights on Asia. Now they have a more direct route that could significantly benefit their bottom line.

Source - Bloomberg

The Panama Papers? Here's The Real Panama Story
10 May 2016

SAY "PANAMA" these days and the word "papers" quickly comes to mind. Too bad. I recently visited this small Central American country and saw firsthand what is largely unknown: Panama is a huge economic success story, enjoying an average annual growth rate that's about the best in the world in the 21st century.

Source - Forbes

Guatemala Returns to Global Market With $700 Million in Bonds
28 April 2016

After a three-year drought, Guatemala offered $700 million in bonds to help refinance debt and fund a budget deficit. The 10-year notes sold today to yield 4.6 percent, the lowest in the nation’s history, Finance Minister Julio Hector Estrada told reporters in Guatemala City. Demand for the bonds totaled $3 billion, Estrada said.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama agrees to adopt global tax reporting standards: OECD head
14 April 2016

Panama has decided to adopt international tax reporting standards, OECD chief Jose Angel Gurria said on Thursday, calling the turnaround the beneficial impact of the Panama Papers controversy. "We have just received information that a few minutes ago they went public with a pronouncement saying that they would join the common reporting standards," Gurria told a news conference.

Source - Reuters

Panama to Open $5.3B Canal Expansion June 26 or 'Lose Face'
22 March 2016

The expansion of the Panama Canal, a $5.3 billion project almost two years behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns and contractor disputes, will open on June 26, Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano said on Wednesday. Contractors building the new locks, which will allow bigger ships to pass through the 102-year-old waterway, will complete works on May 31.

Source - Bloomberg

Guatemala bucks EM trend with prospect of $500m eurobond
13 January 2016

Guatemala’s new government is expected to sell a $500m eurobond in early 2016 to shore up fragile state finances, despite neighbouring Costa Rica struggling to sell a $1bn bond to China and recent havoc across emerging markets. The bond issue is expected “before too long into the year”, according to a senior adviser to the incoming government. “It shouldn’t be a difficult placement.

Source - Financial Times

Gamesa and Iberdrola to Build Four Wind Farms in Costa Rica
29 December 2015

Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA, Spain’s biggest wind turbine maker, and Iberdrola SA, its biggest wind farm developer, won a contract to build and commission four projects in Costa Rica totaling 80 megawatts. Gamesa will provide 19 G90 2-megawatt turbines and 21 G87 2-megawatt devices to the projects under the contract with Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, the manufacturer said Tuesday.

Source - Bloomberg

Central American Nations Reach Deal on Cuban Migrants
28 December 2015

Central American nations have reached a deal to let the first of thousands of stranded Cuban migrants continue their journey north toward the U.S. next month, officials said Monday. The humanitarian transfer will airlift an unspecified number of Cubans the first week of January from Costa Rica to El Salvador, where they will continue by bus toward Mexico, Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry said.

Source - Wall Street Journal

Scotiabank Said to Weigh Bid for Dominican Republic's Progreso
17 December 2015

Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s third-largest lender by assets, is weighing a bid for Dominican Republic’s Banco Dominicano del Progreso SA, according to people familiar with the matter. Progreso has held early-stage informal talks with Toronto-based Scotiabank, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama Canal Administrator Expects New Locks to Open On Time
12 October 2015

The Panama Canal’s new, larger locks should open by April as scheduled despite leakage problems, the waterway’s administrator said, but he wants to see steel reinforcements installed before giving a final completion date. The expanded canal, which is getting its first major makeover in 100 years, will be able to handle ships three times as big as today.

Source - Wall Street Journal

Nicaragua Canal Company Says $50 Billion Plan Has Public Backing
26 August 2015

The Chinese company seeking to build a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua said the project has broad public support and that it is willing to alter the planned route to avoid a small town. HKND Group, led by billionaire Wang Jing, said surveys show more than 78 percent of Nicaraguans back construction of the 170-mile (275-kilometer) waterway.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama’s Casco Viejo Cleans Up Nicely
4 August 2015

The nostalgic charm of Casco Viejo’s Spanish colonial buildings is a pleasant departure from the cluttered look of the rest of Panama City. The neighborhood, once ridden with gangs and crime, now attracts stylish tourists, many staying at the new Ace hotel, which employs a number of former gang members as part of a rehabilitation of the neighborhood.

Source - New York Times

Scotiabank to Buy Citigroup’s Panama, Costa Rica Retail & Commercial Banking Ops
14 July 2015

Bank of Nova Scotia agreed Tuesday to buy Citigroup Inc.’s retail and commercial banking businesses in Panama and Costa Rica, a move that will nearly triple the Canadian lender’s customer base in the two countries.

Source - Wall Street Journal

Costa Rica Sees ‘Intel Effect’ Ending as GDP Poised for Pickup
1 June 2015

Costa Rica should see accelerating economic growth in the second half after the Central American country struggled to recover from Intel’s closing of export facilities last year, central bank President Olivier Castro said. The $50 billion economy is rebounding from bad weather that hit crop production and the closing of manufacturing plants by Intel Corp.

Source - Bloomberg

Why The New Panama Canal Is Exactly What Struggling Retailers Need Right Now
15 May 2015

Macy’s is the most recent retailer to have its results impacted by the West Coast port dispute. This may seem like a transient, one time problem, but the truth is, even on a good day the West Coast ports are bottlenecks that slow the flow of goods from the point of production in the Far East to the point of demand somewhere in the U.S. They’re just too busy.

Source - Forbes

Costa Rica Currency Outperforms as Oil Cuts Dollar Demand
30 April 2015

Costa Rica’s currency is the Western Hemisphere’s strongest performer this year as lower oil prices cuts demand for dollars to import crude. Costa Rica’s colon has gained 1 percent this year, the most among 17 Latin American and Caribbean currencies tracked by Bloomberg, compared with a 2 percent drop for Guatemala’s quetzal, the hemisphere’s top performer in 2014.

Source - Bloomberg

Grupo Ficohsa Agrees to Buy Citigroup’s Businesses in Nicaragua
26 March 2015

Grupo Financiero Ficohsa SA agreed to buy Citigroup Inc.’s businesses in Nicaragua, taking over one of the nation’s largest consumer banks as the U.S. lender simplifies its international network to boost returns. Ficohsa will acquire Banco Citibank de Nicaragua SA and Cititarjetas de Nicaragua SA, it said late Wednesday in a statement that didn’t disclose terms.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama Canal sets sights on new $17 billion expansion project
26 March 2015

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships. Workers are now installing giant, 22-story lock gates to accommodate larger "Post-Panamax" ships through the Canal, one of the world's busiest maritime routes.

Source - Reuters

Panama launches US$1.25bn 10-year bond
11 March 2015

The Republic of Panama is set to raise US$1.25bn through the issuance of a new 10-year bond, which was launched on Wednesday at a final spread of 178bp over US Treasuries, according to market sources. Final terms on the deal, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB, came at the tight end of guidance of 180bp area (+/-2bp) and inside initial price thoughts of 200bp area released earlier in the day.

Source - Reuters

Fitch: Panama's Banks Make Important First Step Toward Basel III
10 March 2015

The recent revision of Panama's bank capital rules is an important step toward Basel III standards, yet falls short of full adoption, says Fitch Ratings. The new rules should strengthen local banks' capacity to absorb losses and maintain higher quality capital, particularly for banks with high-risk appetites within the Panamanian banking system.

Source - Reuters

How a Chinese Billionaire Got Invested in Nicaragua's Canal Plan
6 March 2015

The idea of a canal across Nicaragua, easing transit flows between the Pacific and the Atlantic, is as old as the country itself. But despite numerous surveys and plans across the centuries, no Nicaraguan canal has ever been shown to be economically viable for the investors. The United States, European and numerous Asian countries and companies have explored both “wet” and “dry” canals.

Source - Forbes

Top 20 Most Affordable Latin American Cities for Real Estate
5 March 2015

This may be the best time in a decade to diversify into Latin America real estate, thanks to a strong U.S. dollar and a number of positive developments in key cities, according to a new survey. The survey of 20 top property markets in Central and South America conducted by Live and Invest Overseas over the past three months identifies Cali, Colombia, as the most affordable.

Source - Wall Street Journal

Joe Biden: A Plan for Central America
29 January 2015

As we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed up on our southwestern border, the security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably linked with our own. The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas surge forward.

Source - New York Times

Dominican Republic Sells $2.5 Billion of Bonds to Refinance Debt
20 January 2015

The Dominican Republic sold $2.5 billion of bonds, the second sovereign debt offer in Latin America this year, to pay off more expensive notes. The country issued $1 billion in notes due 2025 and $1.5 billion in bonds due 2045, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Some of the proceeds of the sale will be used to refinance and repurchase domestic and overseas debt.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama Weighs Another Canal Expansion at Centennial Mark
15 August 2014

A century after the U.S. steamship Ancon first sailed through the Panama Canal, a $5.3 billion expansion delayed by bickering contractors and angry workers is nearing completion. The problem is it might not be big enough. With the expansion 16 months behind schedule, canal administrator Jorge Quijano said officials are studying whether to dig a fourth set of locks to handle a growing fleet of super-sized ships. Those include the 400-meter-long “Triple E” vessels capable of carrying more than 18,000 containers, four times more than current ships passing through the canal.

Source - Bloomberg

Panama and Bolivia to Lead Latin American Region's Growth
5 August 2014

The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that the region’s economy will expand 2.2% this year, a sharp reduction from a previous forecast of 2.7%. The projection is based on weaker external demand, less dynamic domestic demand, lagging investments, and limited room for putting in place policies to boost growth.

Source - The Wall Street Journal

El Salvador passes tax bill aimed at closing loopholes
31 July 2014

Lawmakers in El Salvador approved a tax reform bill on Thursday that introduces a minimum income tax targeting loopholes used by the rich, as well as a imposing levy on financial transactions. The measures were approved with a slim majority of 44 votes of the 84 cast with the backing of lawmakers from the ruling leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) with help from the moderate right wing GANA party.

Source - Reuters

Dominican Republic Sells Record $1.25 Billion of Bonds
25 April 2014

The Dominican Republic sold a record amount of bonds in the nation’s first offering of 30-year dollar debt since 1994. The Caribbean nation issued $1.25 billion of the securities due in 2044 at a yield of 7.45 percent yesterday while pulling a sale of five-year peso-denominated notes that officials were considering, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. arranged the transaction.

Source - Bloomberg

Costa Rica mandates banks for up to USD1bn bond
28 March 2014

Costa Rica has mandated Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank for an international bond of up to USD1bn, the country's vice president of investment and public credit, Jordi Prat, said on Thursday. The sovereign is considering a new 10-year or 30-year bond, or a combination of both. It is unable to tap its existing bonds with those maturities as they are trading at low dollar prices and would have original issue discount restrictions.

Source - Reuters