Latin America: will growth continue or is it doomed to repeat a commodities boom-bust cycle?

January 24, 2013
Hosted by Té Revesz

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Since 2003, Latin America has grown at an enviable pace, in large part due to historically high natural resource prices, including foodstuffs, precious metals, and energy. But commodity prices notoriously fall, often faster than they rise. So how sustainable are Latin America’s emerging market levels of growth? My guest is John Price, Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence, a 20 year veteran of consulting in the region and co-editor of “Can Latin America Compete?”(2007). He’ll explore why LatAm has done so well and whether it can continue to grow at 4-5% p.a. Which countries are committed to improving their competitiveness? Which ones will struggle? Why have efforts to create “El Silicon Valleys” yielded such poor results? Why isn’t the region more innovative? If LatAm can’t compete in high tech, how and where can it move up the supply chain to higher value industries? And what are best practices for reaching the 200 million consumers in its emerging middle class?

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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