This is the Latin American Decade. That's not a cliche, because the way things are going now, the years will clearly show it. If the region makes the most of this time, it will at last turn the corner on offering only a promise of development, and will convert itself into a region of real opportunities and genuine progress for millions of people.
I feel enormously privileged to be with the readers of Latin Trade at this moment, to be a front-row spectator along with you, watching what will no doubt be the largest and most profound economic and entrepreneurial transformation in the history of the region.
In this issue, for starters, we'll give you a detailed look at the business of "financial inclusion," an activity that almost all Latin American countries have undertaken to deliver banking products like transactions, savings accounts, credit and insurance to the less well-off. Bringing them into the banking system will be a crucial...