The Latin American Business Environment Report (LABER) is a one of a kindpublication that presents in a single document a straightforward, balanced appraisal of theeconomic, social, and political events in the past year that have shaped the business andinvestment climate in Latin America as a region and in its 18 most important economies.In the 2007 LABER – the ninth edition since 1999 (all available athttp://www.latam.ufl.edu/labe/publications.html
– we have consolidated coverage of Central America and the Caribbean (dropping Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago) into thenew DR-CAFTA region, which coincides with the recently launched bilateral free tradeagreement between the United States, five Central American countries and theDominican Republic. Although Costa Rica has yet to ratify the agreement and Panama isnot a member, both are analyzed as part of this new consolidated section. We have alsoenhanced assessment of the legal environment, which is again the work of MeredithFensom.The
is a publication of the Latin American Business Environment Program in theCenter for Latin American Studies. The program draws on the expertise and resources of the University of Florida to prepare students for careers related to Latin Americanbusiness through degree programs, training courses and study abroad opportunities. Italso organizes topical conferences, promotes the publication of scholarly research andprovides professional consulting services for the business community and public.Additional support for the
and related activities is generously provided by theCenter for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in the WarringtonCollege of Business Administration. Mary Mitchell and Alison Boelter helped preparethe 2007 report, which was edited by Charles Wood. Finally, in preparing the 2007report, I benefited from an evaluation of the previous
conducted by AmbassadorMyles R. R. Frechette
I alone am responsible for the content and analysis.Terry L. McCoy, DirectorLatin American Business Environment Programtlmccoy@latam.ufl.edu www.latam.ufl.edu/labep.html
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