As is the case around the world, economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 is an important issue facing Latin America today. When asked which are the biggest challenges for the region over the next 18 months, our Latin American opinion leaders (those who frequently express their views in the media and public sphere) put economic recovery second to job creation, followed by the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccinating the population.
Other issues mentioned by almost half of the opinion leaders across 14 countries were the reduction of poverty (55%), the reduction of inequality (51%) and the fight against corruption (47%). To a lesser extent, although with differences by country, were the fight against citizen insecurity (43%) and improving education (35%).
In terms of expectations about the economic situation in Latin America, our survey shows that the countries perceived to have the best prospects are Chile and Uruguay, followed by Panama and Colombia. There is a more pessimistic view for Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela. In most cases, recovery is expected to last between two and three years.