By Lucien Chauvin
Investor Report Andean Region: Digging deep
The high-growth Andean economies of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru must ramp up infrastructure investment if they are to harness the full extent of their natural resource wealth
The Andean Community, a four-nation bloc formed by Bolivia,
Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, will lead economic growth in South
America this year.
Rich in natural resources, the four countries will grow at
rates well above the international level thanks primarily to
raw material exports.
GDP in Peru expanded by an annualized 6% in the first
quarter of the year, while Bolivia expanded by 5.2%, Ecuador by
4.8% and Colombia by 4.7%. Inflation in the four countries
began falling in June, and governments are predicting that 2012
will see the lowest inflation rates in years.
Annual growth forecasts initially were higher, but finance
ministries have been lowering their forecasts due to the
continuing slump in European economies, the tepid recovery in
the US and concerns about an economic slowdown in China. Export
revenues are falling. The Peruvian government had forecast $50
billion in exports this...
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