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Panama (Country Report)

Panama's economy continues to rank among the world's fastest growing economies. In order to save future Panama Canal revenues, a sovereign wealth fund has been established, which could strengthen public finances in the long-term.

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Mexico (Country Update)

After years of congressional gridlock, Mexico's newly-elected president Enrique Pe?a Nieto has presented a comprehensive structural reform package. While the reforms look promising, he will likely face protracted negotiations with the opposition.

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Outlook 2013: Latin America and Caribbean

While a more challenging external environment has contributed to somewhat slower economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012, earlier overheating and inflation pressures have abated in most countries.

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Argentina (Country Report)

Argentina's self-contradictory and interventionist macroeconomic policy mix is under more and more pressure. As the years of high growth seem to have ended, president's Cristina Kirchner's popularity has been falling rapidly.

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Peru (Country Update)

Peru's macroeconomic policies have remained prudent and Peru's economy is likely to grow by 5.5%-6% a year in 2012 and 2013, but social tensions surrounding mining activity remain high.

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Brazil (Country Update)

Brazil's economic growth has been disappointing, with growth falling to 2.7% in 2011 and an expected 2% (at most) in 2012. The central bank has been lowering its policy rate to a record-low 7.5%.

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Mauritius (Country update)

Mauritius? open economy is very vulnerable to the eurozone crisis and the global economic slowdown.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

This month we witness that concerns on economic growth have triggered interest rate cuts in countries around the globe. China has posted its lowest economic growth in three years.

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Colombia (Country update)

Colombia's economy grew by 4.7% in the first quarter of 2012. An attack on former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño highlighted that security problems are still large in Colombia, although a return the violence seen earlier seems very unlikely.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

This month’s economic data from emerging markets is rather mixed. While first-quarter economic growth in Mexico and the Philippines surprised to the upside, Brazil’s economy continues to slow down. Argentina might soon face challenging times.

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Nicaragua (Country Report)

Benefitting from strong foreign direct investments, Nicaragua's economy posted 4.7% economic growth last year. Still, Nicaragua remains heavily dependent on politically-motivated Venezuelan financial support.

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Suriname (Country Report)

Benefitting from rising gold prices and foreign investment into its mining sector, Suriname's economic growth strengthened to 4.3% last year. However, the passage of an amendment to the Amnesty Law sparked sharp protests from Western countries.

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Brazil (Country report)

Brazil’s economy grew by only 2.7% in 2011, after the high 7.5% growth of 2010. The government has tried to stem the appreciation of the real by further tightening its capital controls.

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Mexico (Country report)

Reflecting a very gradual US recovery, Mexico's economic growth is expected to cool down to 3.4% this year. Mexican politics are dominated by the July 1st legislative and presidential elections that will likely be won by the opposition.

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Bermuda (Country update)

On Bermuda, the (re)insurance and tourism sectors dominate, which means that a slow recovery in the US and Europe weighs on economic growth.