The Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) have launched a Web Portal called the Latin America - Asia Pacific Observatory. The objective of thr observatory is to deepen the knowledge about the economic relations between both regions, and to have a permanent mechanism that provides the different actors of both regions with the necessary information that contributes to the adoption of policies and strategies of the issue.
The Observatory is made up of a virtual space where relevant information about the economic and commercial relation between both regions is provided, and made up of a space including activities (forums, seminars, among others) that contribute to progress in knowledge and reflection about this strategic relation, in collaboration with the participating countries, international and regional organizations and integration mechanisms that contribute to this project.
Why is coffee no longer important for the Colombian economy?
The declining economic importance of coffee production in Colombia, both at national and international levels, is mainly explained by the dramatic fall in productivity, the impoverishment of farmers, as well as the aging of these and the trees, the slow process of adoption of new technologies and pest-resistant varieties, especially rust, and low fertilization, among other factors.
Econometric exercises suggest that coffee activity, via consumption, has more economic growth impacts than the mining industry, with the additional advantage that the coffee industry employs large portions of the population and stimulates regional productive amenities, being an ideal instrument to take away large rural populations from poverty. Also, this document claims that Colombian institutions have missed the current free trade scheme to recover grain productivity and exports. Finally, recommendations are made in relation to the cultivation, marketing and institutions working in this sector to strengthen their capacity to face future price shocks and help mitigate its effects on the economy.
Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) works towards human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is now looking for an economist to work int the Forests and Livelihoods Research Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to perform economic analysis of subnational REDD projects and national policies and measures for its Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD . Application deadline: 31 May 2013. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Economics The Universidad Católica del Norte (www.ucn.cl), Department of Economics is recruiting two assistant professors for researching and teaching activities. Required qualifications: a doctoral degree closely related to the fields of urban economics, regional economics, and economic geography. It is expected that the candidate will be available to start working in August, 1st 2013. Application deadline: July 31, 2013. Contact information: email@example.com
The Chilean Economics Society (SECHI) 2013 Meeting This year the Annual Meeting of the Chilean Economics Society will take place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September, and will be organized by the Universidad Diego Portales on campus Ciudad Empresarial, Huechuraba, Chile. The deadline for submissions for contributed sessions will be Sunday, June 23. Receipt of papers will be in digital form (PDF format) via Conference Maker, at the following URL: https://editorialexpress.com/conference/sechi2013
XIII National Meeting of ABET, Brazilian Association for the Study of Labor The conference wil take place in Curitiba, Brazil, between October 28 and 31. Papers about labor issues are welcomed and should include results from empirical, historical, experimental or conceptual research, with a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 25, including title, abstract, tables, figures, maps and references. Submission deadline 30 June, 2013.For more information click here
Latest Organizations from Latin America & Caribbean
The GDNet Latin America window features various funding opportunities, news, policy-related social science research papers, and profiles of researchers and organizations. GDNet’s Regional Network Partner for this region is the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA).