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Old 05-16-2019, 04:11 PM
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I'm no economist, but agriculture is what theyve always done. What's the definitions of insanity? They need to reavulate this. Coffee , tobacco, & bananas isnt enough. It isnt a question of how inefficient agriculture is, its whether it's big enough to provide opportunities. This isnt the the 1960s anymore. Especially when their GDPs are so heavily relying on remittances.

The gang situation is a cycle in terms of tourism. Some people are so scared to visit Guatemala or El Salvador it hurts the potential tourism dollars they can see. Tikal is just as or if not more more majestic than Machu Pichu. & the coast of El Salvador is probably a top 5 world surfing destination.
I do happen to have an economics degree, but I haven't done an extreme amount of research on Honduras. I will tell you that the crime situation in that country is affecting attracting adequate investments and not just in tourism (which the country has a huge potential along some of its shore along the Caribbean coast). They need to come down in the crime aspects and have a better control over the drug trafficking. There also was some political instability a few years ago, but I don't know if that is currently affecting the country. Then the government needs to go to several countries and court the richest citizens, even have an investment department that focuses on bringing huge amounts of money to the local economy.

When it comes to Central America, Panama currently takes the cake. Costa Rica still offer most of its people a decent living, but they need to get more foreign investments if they are to remain a decent country or get better. Nicaragua currently has a socialist in power with dictatorial ideals, plus some political instability. Then you got Honduras and El Salvador which are currently going through some very bad crime and economically are going nowhere. Guatemala is a little more stable, but it still has the same problems of the other two. Then their is quiet Belize which continues to be quiet, though they are losing their identity to an ever growing presence of Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Salvadorans.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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I am willing to bet half these buildings are drug money.




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Old 05-16-2019, 07:37 PM
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Night shots should answer that question. Usually drug towers are mostly empty and dark at night. One has to watch out for buildings in construction and new buildings that haven’t sold most of their units yet. Buildings that have been around and are still dark are a tell tale sign.

There is also a list of buildings that are believed to be drug towers. Usually the US embassy has this info and so does private market studies.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Coffee , tobacco, & bananas isnt enough.
Who says it's not enough? There's a market across the whole world for those things.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:23 PM
 
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Who says it's not enough? There's a market across the whole world for those things.
True, but few people can make a good living off of them.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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Who says it's not enough? There's a market across the whole world for those things.
For how densley populated these countries are, how many jobs are being created? These crops have been a big sector of these economies, but you're missing the point. What's changed from the 1960s? Your optics is from global markets. Not from their respective job markets. Theres more people than livable wages. Nicaraguans are working in coffee plantations in El Salvador because the wages are so low. & they earn American dollars there.

Theres only so much farming they can do with limited land. If these places want to lift themselves up out of third world conditions? They need to take on an entrepreneurial spirit, & tap into foreign investments. We bring up DR, whether you belive its cooked or not, because theyve shown what can be accomplished. & that's a country taking on some 2 million Hians in the last 15 years.

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