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Although Nicaragua is still the second poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean, in economic terms the country has been on an upward trend since 2008, maintaining growth levels above the average for the Americas as a region. While the GDP has visibly benefited from macroeconomic stability, direct foreign investments and the continuous expansion of exports, (particularly agricultural goods and textiles), the mining, renewable energy and real estate sectors have also become solid contributors to the nation’s growing economy. However, poverty, public-sector corruption and the de facto limits on the effective protection of private property rights all remain major challenges for the country and continue to create uncertainties for foreign investors. Daniel Ortega’s government is now – rhetorically at least – moving to focus upon the improvement of living conditions after a period characterised as crisis control; however, the recent withdrawal of the National Democratic Coalition from the November 2016 national elections (a move that followed the Supreme Court’s exclusion of opposition candidate Luis Callejas from the ballot), and Ortega’s decision to ban foreign electoral observers, bely the solidity and independence of the country’s institutions. Indeed, the Secretary General of the Organization of American State (OAS), Luis Almagro, recently expressed his preoccupation with the political situation in Nicaragua, calling for ‘transparency and the participation of all’ in the elections, while Nicaragua’s Episcopal Conference deplored what it considered an attempt to promote conditions for ‘the implanting of a one-party regime’ in the country.
These preoccupations notwithstanding, Nicaragua’s increasing economic prosperity is not only attracting a flow of foreign investment, but is also having positive effects on the (private practice) legal landscape. First-rate domestic firm Alvarado y Asociados continues to ensure strong competition in the growing corporate and finance sector, which is mainly dominated by regional heavyweights such as Arias & Muñoz, Central Law Nicaragua and Consortium Legal, which have been present in the country for years. The latter recently entered a strategic partnership with Bendaña & Bendaña and Salazar & Bendaña to open a joint office in San Juan del Sur, just like BLP, which, after entering the market only two years prior, expanded its presence in the country by opening its second office in the city in the Rivas region. On the domestic level, real estate boutique Argüello Pereyra & Asociados and E.Castillo & Asociados merged to create E. Castillo & Argüello Advisors, a full-service offering that operates from Managua and San Juan del Sur, with a third office planned to open in Rivas in 2017.
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…to the top of business, Nicaragua has witnessed the growth, development and progress of the mining industry in the recent years. According to information available on the Nicaraguan Mining Authority´s official website, there are more than 50 important mining-related projects representing more than 60 million dollars in investments, with worldwide investors including companies from China, Canada, United States, Peru, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom and others.
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