A mainstay of development policy has been the promotion of roads and other infrastructure to support economic development (World Bank 1994). In the last decade-plus, infrastructure has again been prioritized, increasingly as a means of fostering economic integration among neighboring countries (Bourguignon and Pleskovic 2008).
Art and Culture
For anybody who lived in Venezuela in the periods before and after Hugo Chávez’s death on 5 March 2013, these were strange and intense times. After a protracted battle with cancer and a final address to the nation televised on 16 December 2013, the man whose image and voice had been a constant feature in the nation’s imaginary and daily life —among opponents and supporters alike— was gone.
En 2012 había un 69% de estudiantes secundarios hispanos inscritos para entrar a una universidad estadounidense, más que el 67% de estudiantes secundarios anglosajones inscritos.1 Esta cifra muestra el fuerte crecimiento de latinos estudiando en universidades en el país.
U.S Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker arrived in Cuba on October 6 for a two- day visit, seeking common ground and collaboration to improve trade relations between the two countries. She told Cuban officials that Washington wants to improve the Communist country’s nascent private sector and that president Castro should let the private enterprises thrive under a more open and free market.
Oddly enough, throughout September and into October Mexico has experienced increases in consumer spending, despite opposing trends in the public sector as the world oil crisis coerced the Mexican government to cut expenditures to compensate for losses in revenues.
On October 4, 2015, a historic trade agreement was reached between 12 different countries bordering the Pacific, including the United States, Japan, and the Latin American nations of Chile, Peru, and Mexico. Entitled the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the agreement has culminated with intense rounds of negotiations that have taken place periodically over a seven-year time period.