EU’s €45bn plan to tackle Latam productivity woes

(Financial Times, London, 31 July 2023) The European Commission’s recently released EU–LAC Global Gateway Investment Agenda identifies 130 types of projects scattered across the region in which it plans to inject €45bn by 2027. The roadmap targets the green transition, digitalisation, education and health, with projects in Chile, Colombia and Panama. “This is an enormous opportunity for Latin America to increase [European] partnerships, and receive not just investment but also technology transfer and finance to transform these areas,” says José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The €45bn programme consists of funds and guarantees provided by the EU, its member states, development finance institutions and export credit agencies.