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ALABC's monthly newsletter, "Latam News," keeps members and supporters abreast of developments taking place in the Latin American markets. Locked articles can be read by paid ALABC members, including Individual, SME, Corporate and Patron.

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LATAM News - March 2013
In this edition: Distinguished Speaker luncheon coverage; Ausenco secures expansion contact; EFIC reforms to benefit emerging markets; Latin America Down Under scheduled for May; LatinFinance prepares inaugural investor forum; New Zealand puts focus on Latin America; Macquarie Uni supports community project; South America unites to foster tourism; Latin America turns to private sector; Chile's stronger growth; Business travel in Brazil; Logistics is Panama's strength; Feature: Opportunity knocks in Mexico; Teaching English proving profitable in Brazil; Ecuador's 5% growth and a number of dates for your diary. Read more

Andean Community Nationals Now Eligible for In-Country Work Permits
Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian nationals can now opt to obtain employer-sponsored work authorization within Colombia rather than at a consulate abroad. Cross-border and seasonal workers from the Andean Community are now exempt from work visa requirements but require a certificate from the Ministry of Labor to begin work. Read more

Meet Ms Patricia Holmes, Australian Ambassador to Argentina and non-resident Ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay. Here Patricia talks about Australia's relations with Argentina and the growing understanding between the two nations. Read more

South America has never been closer! LAN Airlines releases low season airfares from Australia
LAN Airlines, South America’s largest airline network, launched its low season campaign over the weekend offering unbeatable airfares and making South America even more accessible to Aussies. With discount fares on routes ex Sydney and Melbourne to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Lima, Peru, South America and its wealth of rich experiences are now just a click away. Read more

Applications for Foreign Workers and Their Dependents Can No Longer Be Filed Jointly
Effective immediately, dependent visa applications must be filed after the principal applicant completes the pre-approval and consular visa process and obtains the Resident ID card in Mexico. Dependent applications were previously lodged simultaneously with the foreign worker’s application. Read more

The Business Council's first event for 2013, the Distinguished Speaker Series - Market Update Peru, was held in Melbourne last week on Thursday 7th March. Over 60 guests were treated to lunch while they heard from guests of honour and key note speakers, Peru's Ambassador to Australia & NZ, H.E. Luis Felipe Quesada, who discussed the latest developments and opportunities for Australian business in Peru and Dr Mark Elliott, Executive Chairman of Hot Rock Limited, who presented "Development of an emerging geothermal energy industry in Peru". The Ambassador's and Dr Elliott's presentations are now available for download exclusively to ALABC members.

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Grant Program 2013-14
The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) administers an annual competitive grant program supporting projects across Australia and Latin America. The Council invites funding applications annually from individuals and organisations for projects that demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links and cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Latin America. Read more

NOJA Power backs call for IEC 61850 to extend beyond automated electricity substations to coordinate communication between future grids’ FPIR equipment
IEC 61850 is established as the standard for automated electrical substation communication. Now leading automatic circuit recloser manufacturer NOJA Power endorses widening application of the standard to Fault Protection, Isolation and Restoration equipment to realise the full potential of smart grids. Read more

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