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Mercatrade

Inter-Emerging Market Trade


AUGUST, 2011   With its shallow banking sector and limited debt—the legacy of decades of economic turmoil—the direct impact of the 2008 credit crunch was minimal in most Latin American countries. The second-round effects of the crisis, however, were clearly evident, with investment inflows drying up and exports to major markets slumping as the de- veloped world slid into recession. Yet the region remained relatively resilient. Emmanuel Besserve, co-founder of Mercatrade, an online b2b marketplace con- necting importers and exporters in Latin America, says the crisis caused a deceleration in growth among the region’s traders rather than an outright recession: “First companies eliminated their stock, then very quickly, by 2010, they were all buying again.” Latest macroeconomic data support the idea of a robust recovery, with regional GDP set to rise by 4.2% in 2011. But another feature of Latin America’s newfound....




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