By Peter Calvert

This Dictionary presents an neutral and necessary heritage to the Latin American quarter, important for an individual drawn to the present affairs, contemporary historical past and economic climate of this colossal sector. Entries supply definitions of phrases, suggestions, names and enterprises key to discussions of primary and South the US. overlaying a few forty eight nations and territories, this quantity deals a different perception to the political and monetary dimensions of this different zone.

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The head of state is HM Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by a Governor-General. There is a bicameral legislature consisting of a Senate of 21 appointed members (12 appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, two on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and seven representing various interests) and a House of Assembly of 30 members elected by universal adult suffrage. The Prime Minister is chosen by the Governor-General with regard to his likely ability to command a majority in the House of Assembly and chooses a Cabinet that is accountable to the House.

Hn/ Banco Central de Nicaragua Central Bank of Nicaragua Sole bank of issue and government fiscal agent; f. 1961; nationalized 1979. ni/ A– Z 30 Banco Central del Paraguay Central Bank of Paraguay Sole bank of issue; f. 1952. py/ Banco Central de la República Argentina Central Bank of the Argentine Republic Central reserve bank of the Argentine Republic; f. 1935, with right of note issue; all capital held by the State. ar/ Banco Central de la República Dominicana Central Bank of the Dominican Republic Bank of issue; f.

2% permanent pasture and most of the remainder forest and woodland. The main cash crops are sugar cane, citrus fruits and bananas; rice, maize, beans and other vegetables are grown for local consumption. The timber industry has been in decline for some years. Livestock are raised for domestic use only. The only mineral resource to be worked is limestone. The principal industries are sugar refining, brewing and production of citrus concentrate and soft drinks. The main energy source is hydroelectric power, though dam construction has been delayed because of environmental concerns.

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