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LatinNews Daily - 03 July 2018

Main Briefing
Development: On 2 July the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in Nicaragua...
Andean
Development: On 2 July dozens of people took part in a series of demonstrations in cities around Venezuela in protest at the deterioration of public services resulting from the country's deep economic crisis...
Peru: Enagás SA, a Spanish energy company, has announced that it has petitioned the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to initiate an arbitration process against the Peruvian government to try to recover the US$500m it invested in the Gasoducto Sur Peruano (GSP) gas pipeline project...
Brazil
Development: With Brazil’s traditional politics in a state of disarray, most of the country’s political parties are pushing back the conventions that will formalise their candidates for the 7 October general election until the very last minute...
*The Brazilian government has announced that it will include 14 new projects in its planned public tender processes for this year...
Central America & Caribbean
Guatemala: The Guatemalan government led by President Jimmy Morales has announced that it has presented the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with a formal request to join...
Mexico
Development: On 2 July Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the victor in Mexico’s 1 July presidential election, took telephone calls from the heads of government of Mexico’s partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), US President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...
*Moody’s Investors Service, the international credit ratings agency, has stated that Mexico’s financial volatility and oil sector risks are likely to increase following the victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the 1 July presidential election...
Southern Cone
Development: On 2 July two forestry machines were burned in arson attacks which took place in Carahue commune, in Chile’s southern impoverished La Araucanía region, long the site of unrest stemming from indigenous Mapuche claims to ancestral land...
Uruguay: Uruguay XXI, Uruguay’s official exports and investment promotion agency, has revealed that in the first six months of the year the country’s exports amounted to US$4.63bn, equivalent to a 2.3% increase compared with exports during the same period of 2017...

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