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LatinNews Daily - 03 January 2019

Main Briefing
Development: On 2 January Venezuela’s foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing the “brazen” meddling by the US government in Venezuelan internal affairs and accused it of pressuring its regional neighbours to act against the government led by President Nicolás Maduro...
Andean
* Peru’s central bank (BCRP) has reported that the country’s net international reserves (RIN) reached US$61bn at the close of 2018...
Brazil
Development: On 2 January, Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro declared his intention of increasing bilateral cooperation with China and highlighted the importance of Sino-Brazilian relations after meeting with Ji Bingxuan, the vice-president of the permanent committee of China’s National People’s Congress...
* Brazil’s new economy minister, Paulo Guedes, was sworn in on 2 January and outlined his three priorities over the next four years as being pension reform, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and the simplification of the tax system...
Central America & Caribbean
Development: On 2 January Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela presented the electoral authorities (TE) with a request to consider the feasibility of including an extra ballot sheet for the electorate in the May general election to vote on the mechanism for amending the constitution...
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show the country’s exports reached US$5.49bn in the first eleven months of 2018, up 2.8% on the same period in 2017...
Mexico
Development: On 2 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected as false figures published by national daily Reforma which suggest that homicides increased by 65% in December 2018, the first month of his six-year term.  ..
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has released new figures which show Mexico’s net international reserves (RIN) totalled US$175bn as of 28 December 2018, up 8.9% year-on-year...
Southern Cone
Development: Argentina’s tax take in 2018 increased by 31.2% on the previous year, according to a report released by the federal tax agency (Afip) on 2 January...
* Uruguay’s officials exports and investment promotion agency Uruguay XXI has released new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$9bn in 2018, up 0.4% on the previous year...

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