Library: Zurich – 2022 regional risks for doing business in Latin America
The business community in Latin America has identified a series of risks for doing business in this full of potential but rather volatile, region.
The 2022 World Economic Forum Regional Risks for Doing Business Survey showcases that in addition to the structural risks that we have been seeing in previous editions of the survey, there is a series of concerns that have been intensified or simply have aroused as “new” ones, such as rapid and/or sustained inflation and cost of living crisis, similar to the ranking of the global report.
Following rapid and/or sustained inflation (#1) and cost of living (#2), business leaders consider the lack of widespread digital services and digital inequality (#3), natural disasters and extreme weather events (#4) and state collapse (#5), as the top five regional risks and sensitive spots.
The kids aren’t all right
There is one special risk that deserves particular attention in this region: widespread youth disillusionment. This is quite unique and indeed is affecting the region as a whole. Younger generations – who, by definition, have a global mindset and see the world through a completely different lens than the more senior generations – tend to feel there is no future in their country and look for opportunities abroad. This is reflected in an increasing number of young people leaving their home countries to start from zero.
Needless to say, this does not apply to the vulnerable population which, per se, live day to day and must deal with extreme limitations that make it impossible to imagine any future.
Apart from the structural social vulnerabilities, the increasing inflation creates a gap between the wealthy and the underprivileged that is unbearable, while also creating a significant impact on the already strongly affected middle class, currently suffering the aftermath of the pandemic.
Lat Am is a market all of its own
All this leaves this unique region with a general sense of uncertainty and instability that affects individuals and families, as they face fragmentation and problems that have not yet been solved.
Despite all this, Latin America offers unique elements and distinctive characteristics that makes it a land of opportunities for long-term view investments and targeted strategies. The remarkable resilience of its people and their ability to adapt to constant changing scenarios with creativity and innovation are the foundations on which business can be built and substantial value delivered.
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