January 2018: Year of the Americas

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The global economy is entering 2018 with high expectations for strong growth, though for some the outlook remains fragile. We focus this year’s first edition of The Bulletin on the Americas. The region will hold key elections in 11 countries in 2018, with important global repercussions as it finds itself at the centre of the world stage. Canada is taking the leadership of the G7, while Argentina chairs the G20.

This Bulletin brings together a diverse set of views on the continent’s outlook for 2018 and beyond. We host voices from central banks, development banks, academia, journalism, government and the private sector from around the region. Key contributors include:

  • Mario Marcel, governor of the Banco Central de Chile;
  • Susana Malcorra, the former foreign minister of Argentina, and chair of last month’s ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation, hosted in Buenos Aires;
  • Javier Guzmán Calafell, deputy governor of the Banco de Mexico;
  • Otaviano Canuto, executive director at the World Bank.

Our January issue wouldn’t be complete without the OMFIF advisers network’s predictions for 2018. From cryptocurrencies to North Korea, there are plenty of developments to follow. We look forward to analysing these issues and many others besides in forthcoming editions and to having our readers with us as we move to a more interactive and digital era for The Bulletin.

We also hope our readers will enjoy the new look of The Bulletin, the culmination of months of work by our production, editorial and research teams. In the words of Simon Hadley, OMFIF’s production manager and the chief architect behind the new design: ‘We felt the time was right for a refresh. The aim was to improve the reader experience of The Bulletin. The new design is a cleaner, more colourful and easier to navigate publication. We have added some interesting new features alongside the usual expert analysis. In addition, the new paper stocks provide a more tactile experience we hope the readers enjoy.’

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