When President Sebastián Piñera took office in March, this involved a new political scenario for Chile. In light of this situation, the Spanish consulting company Estudio de Comunicación undertook to establish what the major international investors’ viewpoint is in the current circumstances. The study reached the conclusion that the country inspires confidence, because 29.5% of those interviewed thinks that Chile is in the hands of an entrepreneur who will know how to provide incentives for economic growth and 24.1% believe that he will promote foreign investment.
The research, called “International investors in the light of the new political situation in Chile”, aimed to find out whether the campaign messages of the new president and the recently installed government generated a positive or negative impact on investors, also highlighted the industries that appear to be more attractive. Thus, the entrepreneurs consulted considered that the sectors in Chile that offer the best opportunities are: construction and infrastructure (21.1%), energy (20,6%) and mining (20,6%).
In terms of the image of the new head of the Chilean state, those interviewed perceive him as a prestigious entrepreneur, skilled investor and advocate of a moderate right wing political approach. This information shows that the change in the political structure has not modified the perception of Chile as an attractive place for major international investors.
The study began on 1 February 2010 and was carried out with the assistance of entrepreneurs, investors, financial analysts, risk capital and investment fund company managers, family office executives and stock brokers located in nations such as Spain and the rest of Europe (EU), Canada and the United States.