Saturday, October 22, 2011

The fall of the United States of North America and the rise of the Latin American States, but are they ready?

Peruvian Foreign Minister Roncagliolo considered that 'paradoxically', the external crisis may serve to enhance the role of Latin America in the World...  He feels the current economic crisis is attributed to the lack of financial responsibility of the countries of the north and this situation is forcing the southern region to defend its stability by enhancing its presence in the global economy. 
The economical instability of the United States, the high percentage of unemployment, and Obama's silent but effective deportation program for illegal immigrants may be contributing to the ideological change that America Latina has been needing. Some countries in South America are experiencing great growth like Peru, Brasil, and Argentina, but are they ready to face this new challenge? Perhaps, but there is much work to do.
In the case of Peru, there is lack of organization, lack of infrastructure, lack of education and a huge gap between the high and low classes. Mixing this with the rampaging growth of crime on the streets and the lack of laws to control transportation seems to be a recipe for disaster.
However, the appearance of distinguished new characters such as Gaston Acurio, Johnny Schuler and others has awakened a country that lacked identity and purpose. Peruvians are all of a sudden inspired by these figures to do what John F. Kennedy asked Americans to do... 'Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". Under this new current of thought, the younger generations have found purpose and seek solutions to the many problems that their society faces.
Many european and asian investors are moving their capitals to a region where natural resources are abundant, where there is an opportunity to implement infrastructures that exist in the U.S., Asia, Europe, but not in Latin America yet...