– The climate for doing business in Latin America has improved in the fourth quarter compared to the third, influenced by better perceptions about the current situation, but remained less than positive, said a report released on Wednesday.
Brazilian think tank Fundación Getulio Vargas said in its quarterly report that the Economic Climate Index (ECI) rose 11.8 points to 66.5 points, a level still well below the 100-point mark that indicates a favorable climate. .
Constructed as the geometric mean of the Present Situation Index (PSI) and the Expectations Index (EI), the ECI increased this quarter mainly due to an improvement in the PSI, which rose 22.7 points to 67 points, according to the report. The IE registered 66.1 points with a slight increase of 0.6 points, indicating stability.
Latin America’s ICE has remained mostly at an unfavorable level since the third quarter of 2013, according to the report.
In the fourth quarter, the business climate in Brazil has improved the most, with an ECI increase of 30 points, while Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia have also seen an improvement, but only Paraguay (114.7). and Uruguay (108.2) were in the favorable zone.
“There was an improvement in the current situation driven by the largest economies in the region, but expectations rose little or fell,” the report says. ■