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In this episode of the Wilson Center’s Americas 360 podcast, our experts discuss the nearshoring potential of U.S. neighbors in the Americas, the progress made in this area since the IX Summit of the Americas, and the challenges faced by companies looking to relocate operations closer to home.




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Selected Quotes

Cynthia J. Arnson

The real tension that I feel exists is a desire among Latin American countries and Caribbean countries to attract nearshoring investment and the reluctance of the Biden administration, especially President Biden himself, to talk about nearshoring when he would rather restore jobs to the United States.” 

Benjamin N. Gedan

[Companies] are trying to find places that are closer to their markets, places that are more democratic, more respectful of their values, such as democracy, human rights, and the environment. [Places that are] more dependable and require less energy for transportation. For all those reasons, the trend is real and it’s a potentially huge benefit for Latin America.”  

Andrew I. Rudman

It’s so important that the countries that want to attract nearshoring implement the right policies. That means everything from ensuring reliable and inexpensive energy to investing in the infrastructure to move goods, from the factory to the port. It also means ensuring that companies can meet their ESG commitments in terms of things like emissions reductions, good governance, and transparency.”

Bruna Santos

It depends on whether or not the next [Brazilian] government will create the correct environment to attract investments and also to position the country geopolitically in a way that we can see this as a great opportunity for the country.”


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