Living and Doing Business in Violent Regions

Executive training for dealing with violent situations seems to be a prerequisite to boarding a plane.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Business opportunities are rarely found across the street. It is no longer easy to find them without traveling, often to places where personal security risks are high. These dangerous places are not thousand of miles away, sometimes it is enough to mistake the route from an office to another within a city, to find ourselves suddenly in no man's land, exposed to kidnap or assault.

Many argue that the violence ruling today in so many parts of the world, generated by crime or political conflicts, is way above anything that could be experienced in a training camp. However, as in any subject, it is better to be prepared.

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Security Index for Executives and Transnational Companies

April 2009

Costa Rica, along with Chile and Uruguay, is one of three Latin American countries with level 2 (1 = best, 5 = worst), according to the index developed by FTI Consulting.

With a 3 index, Panama ranks among the safest in Latin America.

The index measures the level of danger to the security of corporations and foreign executives based on the number of homicides and other factors, according to official information from public security institutions, NGOs and criminal research institutes.

"Bulletproof" Clothing in Guatemala

June 2014

Colombian designer Miguel Caballero, specializing in the design and manufacture of clothing for executives with high exposure, is setting up his company in the capital.

In response to the damaging and growing wave of violence and insecurity affecting Guatemala there has been growth in business sectors such as private security, and now in clothing sector with "reinforced" wardrobe for top executives of companies who are exposed to high levels of risk.

Reverse Mentoring

March 2010

Don’t be surprised if your next mentor or counselor seems much too young.

We are used to be taught by people who have more experience than us in the subject matter, which normally implies they are older than us.

In these times of rapid changes, new areas of knowledge and technology arise constantly.

Accounting in Nicaragua Not Up to Date

April 2013

The updating of accounting systems in Nicaraguan companies to international standards is too slow.

In Nicaragua there are approximately 30,000 professionals in public accounting and finance, but most of them are not trained in a continuous form.

According to the Association of Accountants of Nicaragua, universities have also been concerned about upgrading their academic programs in accounting.

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