Key Facts

The Americas (or America)are lands in the Western Hemisphere that are also known as the New World. Comprising the continents of North America and South America, along with their associated islands, they cover 8.3% of the Earth's total surface area (28.4% of its land area). The topography is dominated by the American Cordillera, a long chain of mountains that run the length of the west coast.

  • US President Trump Dedicates July To ‘Made In America’


    My fellow Americans,

    Here at the White House, we are dedicating the month of July to three of our favorite words – MADE IN AMERICA. For more than two centuries, those three beautiful words have been the world standard for quality, craftsmanship and excellence – and they still are today.

  • Costa Rica Sound fundamentals but fiscal fragilities


    Costa Rica

    Sound fundamentals but fiscal fragilities

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Colombia Economic Overview The oil shock was a drag on growth



    Growth to accelerate after the fall in oil prices

  • Chile Growth to recover from the fall in copper prices



    Growth to recover from the fall in copper prices

  • Canada Canadian Economy to Improve in 2017 after a Resilient 2016



    Canadian Economy to Improve in 2017 after a Resilient 2016

  • Brazil Unwinding the imbalances



    Unwinding the imbalances

  • Bolivia Hit by low commodity prices



    Hit by low commodity prices

  • Trinidad and Tobago Year in Review 2016


    Lower returns from the energy sector due to weaker prices and a drop in production weighed down Trinidad and Tobago’s economy in 2016, though stronger prospects for the industry in the new year should fuel a rebound in 2017.

    Budget to bite back

    The T&T economy remained in recession for the second year in a row, with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) estimating that GDP would fall by 2.3% in 2016, following a contraction of 0.6% the previous year.

    With hydrocarbons accounting for 39% of national fiscal gain and 83% of export values over the 15 years through to 2015, according to the Central Bank of T&T (CBTT), much of the recessionary pressure has come from low world energy prices.

  • Peru Year in Review 2016


    The year 2016 brought both political and economic changes in Peru, with a new government moving quickly to roll out strategic measures aimed at tackling long-standing problems and returning the country to higher levels of increase.

    Following his election in June, Peru’s new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, pledged to lift GDP increase to 5% by 2018.

    Bridging infrastructure gaps and addressing the perennial problem of the informal economy were high on the schedule, with a series of 112 measures announced to steer the government’s policy schedule forward.

  • Panama Year in Review 2016


    Two major events marked Panama’s year on the international stage in 2016, while domestically the economy continued its strong increase as activity in a range of sectors gained momentum that is expected to carry into 2017.
    Making waves

    The end of June saw the opening of the $5.4bn expansion of the Panama Canal. The widened and deepened canal presently accommodates vessels of much broader beam and shortens transit times, allowing for a better flow of traffic.

    The project has given rise to a new class of container ship, known as New Panamax, that have a capacity for 14,000 containers, almost three times the 5000 units carried by the major ships to transit the waterway prior to its expansion.

    Although the capacity of the canal has been increased, the initial nine months of 2016 saw a 6.6% year-on-time(y-o-y) decrease in the number of transits, according to a statement by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos, INEC) issued in late November.

  • Mexico Year in Review 2016


    Improving employment figures and the strong performance of a number of key sectors were offset by slower increase and uncertainty over the impact of the incoming Donald Trump government on the economy, which is set to be a major theme in 2017.

    While GDP increase for the year was expected to relieve slightly to around 2.1% from 2.5% in 2015, according to the IMF, investor sentiment remained strong, buoyed by the government’s decision to begin implementing an ambitious programme of structural reforms.

    However, the US election result in November sent ripples through the economy, driving down the peso and raising the prospect of ratings downgrades in the new year.

  • Colombia Year in Review 2016


    The recently brokered peace transaction between the government and the FARC could usher in a new era of increase for the Colombian economy. However, even if the agreement holds, it will take time for the dividends of peace to pay out.

    At the end of November the Colombian Congress signed off on a peace accord by the government and FARC representatives, bringing within reach the end of the 52-year-long conflict. The government received congressional approval for a modified version of the agreement only two months next a peace transaction was initially rejected by a referendum vote in early October.

  • Latin America Economy Renewed confidence in Latin America’s brightest economy


    The PPK cabinet has been working diligently to modernize the country and replace business confidence, while unlocking investments and infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to boost the country’s economy

  • Hernán Lombardi, Minister of Public Media & Contents System


    With Argentina’s tumultuous political and economic history, the new government came to power on a pledge of building institutions to ensure long-term increase. Beyond opening to foreign investment , the governing Cambiemos coalition has noted the cultural change brought to mark Argentina’s new direction. As Argentina establishes its relationship with the world, it will re-emphasize its relationship binding its own society through its media content. Argentina’s national-owned media has had as difficult a history as its politics, mired in periods of either censorship or abuse by the government by using it as a political tool. Integral to the reform of the apparatus is the man at the top: Hernán Lombardi, who heads the System of Public Media Content and oversees national-owned media across public radio, television, and news outlets.

  • Argentina rising Argentine business mogul increases investment in Argentina’s new economic environment


    Long one of Argentina’s most successful businessmen, Eduardo Elsztain presides over his diversified company at the nexus of three critical increase sectors of the Argentine economy: real estate development, agribusiness, and home mortgages. While his companies have invested and grown to become Argentine multinational companies over a lot of decades, he sits down with Nicolas Carver of The Worldfolio to discuss the changes with his company to seize the opportunity of Argentina’s current return to international credit and bond market. The result is his prized IRSA company becoming a not-so-micro microcosm of the Argentine economy itself: poised to expand as Argentina’s economy does the same.

  • Luft Energía New push to ‘make things happen’ in renewables


    With all the apertures of the Argentine economy, the sector with the greatest increase potential is renewable energy. Currently receiving 1.5% of its energy from renewable sources, the Argentine government has passed the Renewable Energy Law in 2016, pledging to make renewables account for 20% of the grid by 2025. Such a pledge has ensued highly demanded tenders being handed out, and one woman saw an opportunity. Before vice-president of Argentina’s national oil company YPF, Doris Capurro discusses her new company Luft Energía, which she hopes to use to satisfy her career desire that she could at no time fulfill at YPF: to make Argentina go green.

  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina


    Argentina’s Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Marcos Peña discusses the work of the innovative and forward-thinking government of Mauricio Macri, which came to power in December 2015, promising to move the country away from the polarization and economic problems that have dogged national politics in recent years.

  • Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute


    While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US. Poverty as well kills.

  • China slowdown highlights importance of reforming during peaks, not troughs


    The slowdown in China is hitting export-dependent emerging economies hard. It is those that planned for the bad times during the good, however, that will suffer the least.

  • Colombia stock exchange chief looks to make up capital market ground


    The chief of Colombia's stock exchange, Juan Pablo Cordoba, discusses the need for further capital market integration in the Andean region, and tells Silvia Pavoni how deepening its capital markets ties in with the country's wider economic plan.

    As is the case in most Latin American nations, Colombia is looking to develop its capital markets and attract investment to its economy. Unlike a lot of Latin American nations, however, Colombia has been very proactive in its attempts to achieve these goals.

  • Ubeimar Delgado Governor of Valle del Cauca

    As Cali is placed in the international spotlight with the organization of the World Games, United World interviews Ubeimar Delgado, Governor of Valle del Cauca who describes the event as an “opportunity for the region”
    So we are talking about investment with tourism potential – since we have talked about the breakwater and the Calima Lake. Could you tell us about Valle del Cauca’s tourism potential?
  • Ubeimar Delgado Governor of Valle del Cauca

    As Cali is placed in the international spotlight with the organization of the World Games, United World interviews Ubeimar Delgado, Governor of Valle del Cauca who describes the event as an “opportunity for the region”
    So we are talking about investment with tourism potential – since we have talked about the breakwater and the Calima Lake. Could you tell us about Valle del Cauca’s tourism potential?
  • Chile's central bank governor :Rodrigo-Vergara


    The expansionary monetary policies of developed nations is making life difficult for those in the developing world. So says Chile's central bank governor, who is keen to resist a 'currency war' – for presently – and as well tells us why central bank independence is of great importance.

  • Álvaro Zúñiga Benavides Founding President and CEO of FuXion Biotech SAC


    In 2006, next having worked for additional than 15 years in the food processing and manufacturing industry, Álvaro Zúñiga Benavides founded FuXion, a incomparable venture specialized in high-quality food and food supplements.

  • Peruvian Energy,Beatriz Merino, President of Sociedad Peruana de Hidrocarburos


    Beatriz Merino, President of Sociedad Peruana de Hidrocarburos (SPH) sits down with United World to discuss the current situation of the country’s energy mix and the role of both public and private sector in the country’s Energy industry increase.

  • Mr. Gabriel Díaz President of Grupo Oikos


    Oikos closed 2014 with 25% increase, with a turnover of COP 479.000 million. For 2015, it has set the ambitious target to grow 20%.

    After the historical Summit of the Americas –one of reconciliation, as Cuba was present–, how do you see Colombia\\\'s positioning as a regional leader over the years?

  • Mr. Mario Bergara President of the Central Bank of Uruguay


    Founded in 1967, Uruguay's central bank (BCU) regulates the country's banking and economy. It issues currency and controls money supply by setting interest rates; regulates credit; and oversees the currency exchange and the country's private commercial banks.

    To begin, we would like to ask for your opinion about where Uruguay will be heading to in the next five years. What do you think will be the challenges that President Tabare Vazquez will face?