Weekly Update: Latin America and the Caribbean

Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200

Guatemala – CIPE partner the National Economic Research Center (CIEN) organized a press conference to present its 6th position paper, “A Better Future for Juvenile Delinquents,” written by CIEN researcher Corinne Dedick. The event was covered by more than 10 media outlets, including Prensa Libre (with a circulation of 130,000), Nuestro Diario, and the following news channels: Noti7, Telecentro 13, and Canal Antigua. Ms. Dedick shared statistics about the reality of juvenile detention centers in Guatemala and the need for effective implementation of rehabilitation programs that help youth reintegrate into society and succeed in life. Through its activities CIEN strives to put Guatemala on the path to economic liberty, democracy, and social development.

Mexico – The Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) published a new edition of “Semana Política,” its weekly policy analysis brief. In this week’s brief, CIDAC discussed three topics: 1) an analysis of the taxation in Mexico and its challenges; 2) an evaluation of the student and workers protest taking place at the Mexico City University (UACM); and 3) an analysis of the budgetary policies in Acapulco, Juarez. The publications are available in Spanish on CIDAC’swebsite.

Regional – This week on the CIPE-supported RevistaPerspectiva.com: Director of Economics at CIEN in Guatemala Hugo Maul provided an analysis of entrepreneurs' responsibilities in their own development;two graduates of the CIPE-sponsored EmprendeAhora program in Peru –General Manager at Metrika ArquitectosMario Carrascaland President of Asociación Lidera Geraldine Vanessa Rubina – offer theirperspectives on the challenges for young entrepreneurs in Latin America; and Director of Entrepreneurship Education at Fundación Paraguaya in Paraguay Roberto Urbieta explains what Global Entrepreneurship week is about.

Regional – As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE and RevistaPerspectiva.com organized a Spanish Twitter chat on entrepreneurship in Latin America. Several CIPE partners from around the region, including Roberto Laserna from Fundación Milenio in Bolivia, Xavier Andrade from the Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP) in Ecuador, and staff from EmprendeAhora in Peru and the Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge in Venezuela, helped lead the discussion among Twitter users. The discussion reached nearly 65,000 Twitter accounts and directly engaged more than 35 individual users, including entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the field.


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