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Conoce a las fintech en la mitad del mundo

Por Guest

¿Sabías que Ecuador, desde la década de los 70, se ha distinguido por sus empresas de tecnología financiera, conocidas como fintech? Desde hace varias décadas, Ecuador ya produce software financiero enfocado en core bancario que se exporta a otros países de América Latina. También Banco del Pacífico, uno de los bancos de Ecuador, fue pionero en la región en introducir cajeros automáticos.  

Scotland’s hub model: a compact PPP structure that could strengthen the quality of PPPs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Por Guest

By Martin Finnigan and Michael walker, Caledonian Economics Ltd

With rapidly growing populations, the demand for good infrastructure and social services in many Latin America and Caribbean countries outstrips the financial and human capacity that governments can bring to bear.  Yet growing stability and improving governance are creating the conditions where PPP is a viable tool for delivering infrastructure projects, large and small, across the region.

¿Qué tan inclusivo es el reciclaje en tu ciudad?

Por Guest

Estrella Peinado-Vara  y Diana Rodriguez Velosa 

Si vives en una ciudad en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC), seguramente has visto recicladores informales en las calles y avenidas recuperando materiales reciclables en contenedores o bolsas de basura para luego venderlos o aprovecharlos. La separación y recuperación de residuos reciclables en la región está liderada por estas actividades informales. Del total de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos (RSU) que se producen en ALC, se estima que solamente el 
2,2% se recicla bajo esquemas formales. El resto lo recolectan los recicladores informales (o recicladores de base). Pero, ¿qué tanto sabemos de estos hombres y mujeres que trabajan diariamente en esta actividad? ¿Cómo se compara tu país con otros países de la región?

PPP models address the region’s urban challenges

Por Guest

Imagine if all large and medium sized cities of Latin America had good quality, sustainable, modern and affordable transportation choices: metro lines, bike sharing systems and light rails. Envision cities with ample access to green, safe, well maintained public spaces and where most of the energy used is generated by biofuels originated from the recycling of municipality waste, and where information about these services are only one click away. All that functioning via innovative, transparent, sustainable and efficient Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) models, where the private sector builds and/or manages these operations, assumes risks and its remuneration is linked to performance. Sounds like a dream? As of today, it may sound that way but the dream is getting closer to reality in various Latin American and Caribbean cities.

Empower women and investors will follow

Por Guest

Gender equality is no longer a choice for companies. It is not only about fairness, but about business success.