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Rodrigo B.
Santiago, Chile

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Ambassador Carlos Dos Santos
Mozambique Ministry of Health

Nearshoring Country Profiles
 

Get familiar with Latin and Central America.

Web Associates works with many companies within Latin America to help your business succeed. This section will help you get familiar with the countries we work with. Many of our clients make in person visits to the countries they will be working with. By visiting each company's home counrty, it is easier to get a sense of how they do business.

 

 

Chile

 

Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations and a recognized middle power. It leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, low perception of corruption and state of peace. It also ranks high regionally in freedom of the press and democratic development. However, it has a high economic inequality, as measured by the Gini index. In May 2010 Chile became the first South American nation to join the OECD. Chile is a founding member of both the United Nations and the Union of South American Nations.

Chile At A Glance

Economic Facts:
Nominal GDP: US$ 200 billion (2010)
Nominal GDP per head (PPP): US$15,866 (est.)
Annual growth: 5.3% (2010) – 2011 forecast 6 -6.5%
Currency: Chilean Peso May 2011 £1 = 765 or U$1 = 465)
Inflation: 3.0%, predicted to rise during 2011
Unemployment: 7.3% (2011) down from 8.2% in 2010.
Major industries: Copper mining; other mining (gold, nitrates, molybdenum, iron and silver); wood and wood products; textiles; chemicals; transport equipment; fish and fishmeal; fruits and wine.

Politics:
In January 2010 Sebastian Piñera, of the right-of centre Alianza party, was elected President, defeating former President Eduardo Frei, left-of-centre, ruling Concertacion coalition, by more than 3%. President-elect Piñera took office on 11 March 2010. The previous President Michelle Bachelet was prevented from running for a second consecutive term by law.

Geography:
Chile's boundaries are geographically well defined: to the west is the Pacific Ocean; to the east the Andes mountains; to the north is the Atacama Desert, the driest in the World; and to the south are the ice-fields and glaciers of Chilean Patagonia. There are wide variations of soil and climate between these features. Overall the climate is temperate with a desert climate in the north, a Mediterranean climate in the central region and cool and damp in the south. Chile shares frontiers with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. Its 4,500 km coastline includes an amazing assortment of archipelagos and channels south of Puerto Montt. Although Chile is 4,329 km long at no point is it wider than 180 km. Chile's sovereign territory includes some Pacific islands, among them Easter Island, and it has a claim to a sector of Antarctica.

Country Statistics

Full name: Republic of Chile
Population: 17.3 million (UN, 2011)
Capital: Santiago
Area: 756,096 sq km (291,930 sq miles)
Major language: Spanish
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Chilean peso
Main exports: Copper, fish, fruit, paper and pulp, chemicals
GNI per capita: US$10,120 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .cl
International dialling code: +56

 

 

 

 

Cuba

 

Cuba, a large Caribbean island nation is known for its white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, cigars and rum. Its colorful capital, Havana, features well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture within its 16th-century core, Old Havana, loomed over by the pre-revolutionary Capitolio. Salsa emanates from the city's dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana.

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Politics:
Cuba's culture and history has intrigued a new generation of Americans since President Barack Obama announced he would normalize relations with the island nation and allow for easier travel there. The Caribbean country has long been an attractive mystery for many Americans partly because it has been blocked off from trade relations with the U.S. for so long. It's colonial homes, crumbling facades and 1950s Buicks, Fords, and Chevrolets can often paint the image of a country stuck in time.

Geography:
The largest island of the West Indies group (equal in area to Pennsylvania), Cuba is also the westernmost—just west of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and 90 mi (145 km) south of Key West, Fla., at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. The island is mountainous in the southeast and south-central area (Sierra Maestra). It is flat or rolling elsewhere. Cuba also includes numerous smaller islands, islets, and cays and is the largest island in the Caribbean.

Country Statistics

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Full name: Republic of Cuba
Population: 11,275,000
Capital: Havana; 2,189,000
Area: 110,860 square kilometers (42,803 square miles)
Major language: Spanish
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 76
Monetary unit: Cuban peso
Literacy Percent: 98
Main exports: Sugar, nickel, tobacco, fish, medical products
GDP per capita: U.S. $2,700
Internet domain: .cu
International dialling code: +53

 

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Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica has the highest social indicators (in health and education) in the region. The government has initiated many programmes to promote sustainable development. Costa Rica is cited as a good example of economic development and forest preservation. Around 25% of the country's land area is in protected national parks or reserves. Nevertheless, despite Costa Rica's strong environmental record, deforestation has been a serious concern, and insufficient funding is dedicated to enforcement. In 2007, the government announced its plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, but the current government has strongly hinted that this date is likely to be revised. Costa Rica still attracts immigrants ranging from North American retirees to Colombian asylum seekers, as well half a million Nicaraguans seeking work.

Costa Rica At A Glance

Economic Facts:
Total GDP: US$29.28 billion (2009), US$35.8 billion (2010)
Nominal GDP per capita: US$6,494 (2009), US$7,851 (2010)
Forecast growth 2011: 4.0(%)
Average Forecast growth 2011-2016 (%): 4.4
Annual Inflation rate: 5.7% (2010)
Major industries: microprocessors, food processing, medical equipment, textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizers, plastics and tourism.
Total Exports: US$9.4 billion (2010)
Total Imports: US$13.6 billion (2010

Politics:
Costa Rica's first female president, Laura Chinchilla, succeeded elder statesman and nobel laureate Oscar Arias on 8 May 2010

Geography:
Costa Rica covers 51,060 sq km and is bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south-east. To the east lies the Caribbean Sea with approximately 200km of coastline, while to the west lies the Pacific Ocean with around a 1,000km of coastline. A volcanic mountain range extends the length of the country, splitting it in 2 from north to south. The Central Valley lies in the middle of these highlands which contain several active volcanoes, which is where most of the population live. On either side of the range lie coastal lowlands. 27% of the country is covered by national parks and have a great range of wildlife including turtles, sloths and jaguars. There are also many different species of birds.

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas and San José.

Country Statistics



Full name: Republic of Costa Rica
Population: 4.7 million (UN, 2011)
Capital: San Jose
Area: 51,100 sq km (19,730 sq miles)
Major languages: Spanish (official), English
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Costa Rican colon = 100 centimos
Main exports: Coffee, bananas, sugar, textiles, electronic components, electricity
GNI per capita: US$6,810 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .cr
International dialling code: +506

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil

 

Brazil is South America's most influential country, an economic giant and one of the world's biggest democracies. It is one of the rising economic powers - otherwise known as BRIC nations - together with Russia, India and China. Over the past few years it has made major strides in its efforts to raise millions out of poverty. The discovery of major offshore oil reserves could propel the country into the top league of oil-exporting nations.

Brazil At A Glance

Economic Facts:
GDP: US$2.1trillion (2010)
GDP per head (PPP): US$11,239 (2010)
Annual Growth: 7.5% (2010),
Inflation: 5.9% (2010)
Major Industries: Agriculture (soya meat, sugar, fruit, vegetables), iron ore and minerals, iron and steel, oil and derivatives, food processing, wood products, footwear and textiles, automotive, aerospace, petrochemicals, financial services, electronics
Major trading partners: China, United States, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Politics:
President: Dilma Rousseff is the first woman to be elected as Brazil's president. She is former chief of staff to, and favoured successor of, outgoing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Dilma Rousseff has pledged to continue the policies of her predecessor, Lula da Silva.


Geography:
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. It is framed by 2 of the world's largest river systems: the Amazon in the North, and the Paraná river in the South. The Amazon basin covers some 60% of Brazil's surface, and holds 20% of the world's fresh water supply. It has the world's largest rain forest but also includes savannah and wetlands. Like the Amazon, the Paraná flows through several neighbouring countries. It drains the world's largest swampland, the Pantanal in West-Central Brazil. The Brazilian Highlands form the rest of the country, except for a coastal strip some 9,000km long. Brazil contains a number of climatic zones from the Amazon region where the temperature averages 27ºC, to the dry Northeast where temperatures can exceed 40ºC, to the south near Uruguay where average temperatures are 17-19ºC.

Country Statistics


Full name: Federative Republic of Brazil
Population: 196.6 million (UN, 2011)
Capital: Brasilia
Largest city: Sao Paulo
Area: 8.55 million sq km (3.3 million sq miles)
Major language: Portuguese
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 real = 100 centavos
Main exports: Manufactured goods, iron ore, coffee, oranges, other agricultural produce
GNI per capita: US $9,390 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .br
International dialling code: +55