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Caribbean & Central America - December 2018

Introduction
Earlier this year the Guatemala-based think tank Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (Icefi) released its tenth annual report entitled ‘Macrofiscal Profiles of Central America’, asserting that ongoing political instability has “complicated the fiscal situation” in the sub-region...
Central America
On 12 September the Guatemala-based think tank Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (Icefi) released its tenth annual report entitled ‘Macrofiscal Profiles of Central America’, asserting that ongoing political instability has “complicated the fiscal situation” in the region...
The contenders in Guatemala’s electoral race will include a mix of seasoned politicians, such as former congresswoman Zury Ríos (1996-2012), the daughter of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983), and the former director of the prison service, Alejandro Giammattei, as well as newly created parties, such as the centre-left Movimiento Semilla and the peasant-led Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP)...
Evidence is mounting that drug gangs are seeking to produce cocaine directly in Honduras, thereby cutting shipment costs from the Andean...
Caribbean
Haiti is known as a country of earthquakes, but more common than seismic events are ruptures in the body politic...
The last time we looked at the Jamaica economy, in May 2018, we did so under the headline “Better news on employment, but growth still a concern”...
Guyana’s A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (Apnu-AFC) coalition government will be feeling less confident about re-election in the crucial 2020 general election after a mediocre showing in November’s local elections and the news that President David Granger has cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma)...
In two referendums at the beginning of November, both Antigua & Barbuda and Grenada rejected replacing the UK’s Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the last court of appeal...
*** BAHAMAS ON MONEY-LAUNDERING WATCH LIST...
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