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Drones, new types of agricultural management, softwares that help farmers to achieve the best of the land without impacting negatively the environment. There are some of the companies that we are looking for to support their expansion abroad. According to Brazil News Agency interview done with the president of IICA - Institute for Latin American Cooperative Agriculture the Agribusinesses in the region represent 13% of the global trade and one third of all exports from Latin America. These huge numbers could be improved with technology and innovation.
The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (Fintech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (Fintech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.
The report also found that two out of every three of these ventures were already in advanced stages of development and that Fintech activity has expanded to 18 countries in the region over the past year. In line with the trend observed in 2017, Brazil ranked first with 380 startups, followed by Mexico with 273, Colombia with 148, Argentina with 116 and Chile with 84.
About 75% of Brazil’s population (approximately 150 million people) only have access to the public healthcare system, which is poorly managed and inefficient. Often times, to schedule a single consultation or exam, a patient needs to wait weeks or even months to see a care provider. Technology-driven startups are springing up to address better, more efficient access to healthcare for a large and aging population.
For example, Dr. Consulta’s chain of low-cost medical clinics have expanded in three years from one to 51 branches and now claim to have the country’s largest clinical data set drawn from more than one million patients. In comparison to other private-sector clinics that cost at least $90, consultations with doctors at Dr. Consulta cost $25. Others offering similar clinical services on demand in Brazil today include Clínica Sim, Dr. Sem Filas, Docway and GlobalMed. [TechCrunch]
This biannual report examines the latest trends in selected manufacturing industries in Latin America and provides related forecasts. The focus is on Latin America’s three largest economies—Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina—as these countries account for more than 80% of the region’s manufacturing output. Annual production indexes for each manufacturing industry are weighted-average indexes, with the weights determined by each country’s value-added in U.S. dollar terms in each of the 14 sectors under analysis. Local currency value-added is translated to dollar terms using the period's average nominal exchange rate. All data come from national statistical agencies: the Mexican Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics (INEGI); the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE); and Argentina’s Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC).
The rapid urbanization process observed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), during the last decades has posed multiple challenges to the region and caused great contrasts in the quality of life within cities. Today, more than 80% of LAC’s population lives in cities, and approximately 27% of the urban population still lives in informal settlements without proper access to basic urban services. Take a look at the McKinsey Report.