Pacific Pumas

Four countries along Latin America’s west coast — Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru — have made great political and economic strides in recent years, and they are poised to emerge as regional leaders.

The Bertelsmann Foundation’s work on these “Pacific Pumas” analyzes their progress and opportunities — and the traps they must avoid as they move forward.

The Pumas are comfortable operating away from the spotlight, but their positive momentum is difficult to ignore. They have created a solid foundation for development precisely as the greater Pacific stands to emerge as a focal point of global growth.

United in the Pacific Alliance, the four Pumas represent more than 200 million people with a $2.22 trillion GDP. Their combined global trade accounts for half of the Latin American total, while the depth and breadth of their free-trade agreements have positioned them to increase commerce with Europe, the United States and Asia.