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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

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    Business Daily meets: Laura Chinchilla

    Business Daily meets: Laura Chinchilla

    Laura Chinchilla was the first woman to serve as president of Costa Rica and one of the first in Latin America.
    We talk to her about what that journey to the top job in her country was like, and the challenges facing Latin America - from corruption to crime, the drugs trade, migration, the brain drain, poor governance and low economic productivity.
    And we consider some of the potential solutions to those problems - solutions that could help Latin America bring prosperity to its people.
    (Picture: Laura Chinchilla Miranda, former President of Costa Rica, speaking at a conference. Credit: Getty Images)
    Presented and produced by Gideon Long

    • 17 min
    Latin America’s success stories

    Latin America’s success stories

    Across the region, there are examples of economic success stories: countries, companies and people that are getting things right, transforming their local economies and bringing prosperity to the region.
    We go to Peru, where fruit producers are enjoying a blueberry boom.
    We hear from Uruguay, which generates almost all its electricity from renewable energy, and we visit a factory Mexico that’s benefiting from “nearshoring” and the country’s proximity to the United States.
    We talk to two female entrepreneurs – one from Chile and one from Colombia – on how the ecosystem for start-ups has evolved in their countries and the exciting possibilities the region has to offer.
    Produced and presented by Gideon Long
    (Image: Close-up on a worker loading baskets of blueberries on a truck at a plantation. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 17 min
    Brazil’s agricultural boom

    Brazil’s agricultural boom

    From soybean production to coffee exports to sugar cane, grains and tropical fruit - agriculture is powering the Brazilian economy.
    We travel to a farm outside the capital Brasilia, and look at how the country could play a major role in providing the world with food security in the years ahead.
    And we consider a major threat to agriculture – climate change, which is forcing Brazilian farmers to adapt to survive.
    We talk to the Brazilian head of the International Coffee Organisation – on what her home country can do to deal with extreme weather events.
    And away from agriculture, we consider Brazil’s heavy industry, and ask why it hasn’t made more of its rich musical heritage.
    Produced and presented by Gideon Long.
    (Image: Cultivation of sugarcane in the interior of the State of São Paulo. Huge areas are cultivated and after harvesting will come sugar, alcohol, drink and ethanol. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 17 min
    Latin America and the Asian tiger economies

    Latin America and the Asian tiger economies

    Go back 50 years and Latin America was generally wealthier than East Asia. But that has been reversed.
    While the economies of East and South East Asia have taken off, enjoying a so-called "economic miracle", Latin America’s have experienced only tepid growth, despite the region’s enormous potential. Gideon Long asks why.
    We go to Singapore, one of the most open and business friendly nations on earth, to visit a factory making credit cards using the latest computer chips. And we ask economists what Latin America can learn from the 'Asian Tigers'.
    (Image: A photograph of a tourist boat in Singapore next to a drone view shot showing buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: Reuters/EPA)
    Presented and produced by Gideon Long
    Reporter: Monica Miller

    • 17 min
    What’s holding Latin America back?

    What’s holding Latin America back?

    It's a region blessed with incredible natural resources, from copper to lithium to rich agricultural lands. It’s home to vibrant cultures, amazing music and creative and talented people.
    And yet it has never fulfilled its enormous economic potential.
    All too often it’s lurched from boom to bust, from hyperinflation to debt crises.
    We ask why that is.
    We consider corruption, crime, inequality, excessive bureaucracy and weak governance.
    We look at Argentina’s long decline and Venezuela’s economic implosion, and ask what Latin America can do to bring greater prosperity to its people.
    Produced and presented by Gideon Long
    (Image: A man waves an Argentine flag during the demonstration. Members of the Argentine Workers' General Confederation and social organizations protested against new Argentine President Javier Milei's economic reforms, outside the Justice Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 20 min
    Business Daily meets: Robot inventor Sandy Enoch

    Business Daily meets: Robot inventor Sandy Enoch

    We head to the robot workshop home of Marty the robotical.
    Sandy Enoch founded the Scottish tech firm Robotical which creates educational robots.
    Produced and presented by Dougal Shaw.
    (Image: Marty the robot)

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Study876234 ,

My daily business newspaper

I don’t think any business interviews should be conducted at this point with questioning that suggests investors/shareholders are ONLY interested in the bottom line. That is simply not true. I am an investor/shareholder and I have no interest in making money at the expense of future generations. If you are to be current you simply cannot ignore this.

JamesBrownEnngineer ,

Biz Daily

Fantastic podcast for anyone interested in global markets, economics as well as business and entrepreneurship. Provides insight into market locations as well as personal interviews with those that work in or run business organisations. 5 stars

NZ_All_Black ,

Excellent

I listen everyday. It's topical, insightful, easy to 'disgest', and balanced. Well worth the time.

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