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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.
LATAM News July 2015
Features this month include: BHP Billiton & Woodside Petroleum target Mexico  CIMIC may expand into Latin America  University of Queensland hosts scientific encounter  Latam Autos all revved up  Minister Julie Bishop visits South America  Latin America may be next big thing in IT  ... Sign-in to read

LATAM News June 2015
Features this month include:  * Sigdo Koppers chases Bradken * Brambles expands in Chile * SEEK lifts stake in Mexican business * Karoon Gas in talks with Petrobras * BHP Billiton rumoured to be interested in Barrick mine in Chile * Brazil’s Central Bank delivers double dose of bad news Sign-in to read


Chairman José Blanco discusses how Latin America is key for Asia resources

It seemed to take many by surprise during the recent fracas over iron ore pricing that China was negotiating directly with Brazilian iron ore giant Vale to build alternative supply. It shouldn't have. For a country like Australia which rightly sees itself as a part of the Asian century, the lack of insight around Latin America's role is a critical oversight.

Latin America may not be new, innovative or technology driven in the way Airbnb or Uber are but the region has the potential to be a major disruptive force in Australia's plan to prosper from the economic growth of China and the wider Asian region.

I'm constantly surprised such an assertion is so readily dismissed by a nation with only a modest understanding of Latin America while accustomed to being constantly reassured our prosperity will be underwritten by our northern neighbours. A reassurance further enhanced by FTAs with those global engines of growth China, Korea, Japan and India. Not to mention the long desired Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The road ahead may not be as smooth as some would like us here in Australia to believe.

I don't disagree we are in an Asian Century. Australia, blessed with ample natural resources, geographic proximity and growing links with the region, may well be ideally positioned to benefit from Asia's growth.

But there is no guarantee the strategy outlined in the 2012 Asian Century White Paper will go according to plan or deliver the future economic wellbeing Australia seeks.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, where distance is no longer the barrier it once was and where change is constant. Competition for export markets and capital flows is fierce. There is no room for complacency.

Follow the link below to read the article in full .

Chairman José Blanco interviewed on Radio National

Chairman José Blanco interviewed on Radio National

While Australia was busy debating the merits of an inquiry into the iron ore price, a deal that dwarfs our production levels was clinched overseas.

China is putting $5 billion dollars into Brazil's iron ore sector through the company Vale.

Thanks to that investment it's spending $16 billion expanding its mines and in just a few years.

Vale will be produce more iron ore than BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto combined.

Chair of the Australia Latin America Business Council Jose Blanco said it means Australia should not respond to the call for an inquiry into iron ore prices from Fortescue Metals boss Andrew Forrest.

Mining isn't the only industry in Latin America that's getting a jump on Australia.

While here at home the Government and Labor have finally brokered a deal on the renewable energy target, it's still been 18 months of investment uncertainty.

By contrast, to Australia's policy vacuum, Latin America has a stable and advanced policy around renewable energy.

That's according to the former head of Pacific Hydro.

Rob Grant now heads up Latam investors and said Australia has a lot to learn and benefit from renewable energy development in Latin America.

Follow the link below to hear the interview in full.

LATAM News May 2015
Features this month include: * Flight Centre enters Mexican market * Karoon Gas gets good news in Brazil * Latin America Down Under review * Melbourne Dinner to feature Julie Bishop * Three growing start-up cities  in South America * Peru allocates $113bn to infrastructure Sign-in to read

LATAM News April 2015
Features this month include: * Amcor makes another acquisition in Brazil * Carnegie secures wave power deal in Chile * Macquarie to set up America's quantitative hedge fund * MMG on track with Las Bambas * Hopes for lower airfares on Pacific route * Latam Autos launches regional content platform  * Downing Teal opens office in Sao Paolo Sign-in to read

Business Australia - First Quarter
The Council is pleased to launch a new quarterly newsletter - Business Australia . This newsletter will complement the monthly Latam News publication and will differ in that it will be directed primarily at a Latin American-based audience, informing readers in the region about the Australian market and the activities of Australian compani... Sign-in to read

LATAM News March 2015
* Chilean PE player makes first move in Australia * Air NZ launches Buenos Aires service in Sydney * Australia Latin America Young Professionals webpage launch * LAN enhances service with upgrade to Boeing 787 * Australian sheep genetics chosen for Falklands/Malvinas * Colombian mining conference to feature Australian experts * JBS to focus o... Sign-in to read

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