Ones to Watch, 17 June 2019

Americas: Government to support mining sector as local referendums loom in Ecuador Sectors: mining; extractive industries Key Risks: FoP; local referendums; judicial instability In Ecuador, on 13 June the government announced that Australia’s SolGold’s Cascabel project in Imbabura province could become one of the largest mines in the world. Cascabel is in an advanced exploration...

Ones to Watch, 10 June 2019

Americas: Brazilian Supreme Court approves Petrobras divestments; LyondellBasell ends Braskem talks Sectors: oil and gas; petrochemicals Key Risks: business risks; investment climate; frustration of process In Brazil, recent decisions will affect major divestment efforts in the oil and petrochemicals sector. On 4 June LyondelBassell said it had decided to end the 18-month negotiations with...

Ones to Watch, 3 June 2019

Americas: Violent anti-government protests expected to continue in Honduras Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest; looting; business disruption; political stability In Honduras, violent anti-government protests and associated road blocks, traffic disruption and looting incidents are expected to continue in Tegucigalpa and other main urban centres at least on 3 and 4 June. The fresh...

Ones to Watch, 28 May 2019

Americas: Mexico’s government moves on AHMSA, Pemex amid crackdown on corruption Sectors: all Key Risks: economic and business risks; corruption; confiscation In Mexico, leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is intensifying the crackdown on corruption. On 27 May the Finance Ministry stated it had frozen the bank accounts of steelmaker AHMSA and of...

Ones to Watch, 20 May 2019

Americas: Cristina Kirchner shocks Argentina’s electoral landscape with vice-presidential bid Sectors: all Key Risks: policy continuity; electoral uncertainty In Argentina, the government and the opposition Alternativa Federal (Federal Alternative) Peronist coalition are expected to react to former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner surprise move to run for the vice-presidency in the upcoming 27 October...