Investment Agenda of EU For Latin America & The Caribbean

Amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict and China’s growing influence in the region, the European Union is exploring new markets in the complex international landscape. To counterbalance China’s presence and strengthen ties with Latin America and the Caribbean, the EU has launched a robust investment plan. Under the Global Gateway initiative, European countries have committed to invest €45 billion ($50.5 billion) by 2027 in various projects for the region.

Presented during a summit between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the initiative encompasses more than 100 projects that companies and organizations can consider for investment. These projects include funding for the long-awaited Bogotá metro, efforts to enhance digital connectivity in 85% of Colombian territory by 2026, the promotion of electric buses in Costa Rica, investments in projects related to valuable minerals like lithium, the expansion of the telecommunications sector in the Brazilian Amazon, and the establishment of vaccine production facilities in Mexico.

The Global Gateway initiative was formulated with input from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean. It rests on several pillars, including a just energy transition, an inclusive digital transformation, human development, health, and vaccines. The collaboration between the EU and the region has been emphasized as they’ve designed a high-quality investment agenda with mutual benefits in mind. Additionally, the European approach ensures adherence to the highest environmental and social standards, promoting transparency in their business dealings.