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LatinNews Daily - 13 February 2019

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On 12 February, tens of thousands of people took part in a protest march in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, called by the self-proclaimed and internationally recognised interim president Juan Guaidó, to demand that the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro allow the entry into the country of international humanitarian aid and for Maduro to abandon power...
Andean
* The Fondo Financiero para el Desarrollo de la Cuenca del Plata (Fonplata - Plata Basin Financial Development Fund), a multilateral financial organisation formed of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, has raised CHF150m (US$148.67m) from the issue of five-year notes in its international bond market debut in Switzerland...
Brazil
On 12 February, the head of Brazil’s institutional security cabinet (GSI), General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, denied that the government is spying on the Catholic Church ahead of the synod of bishops due to take place in the Vatican later this year.  ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the minutes from the latest meeting of its monetary policy committee (Copom), in which it notes that recent data continues to point towards the gradual recovery of Brazil’s economy...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 February, all 78 inmates escaped from a prison in the town of Aquin, in Haiti’s Sud department, while the police were distracted by nearby protests which were part of the ongoing unrest which began on 7 February...
* El Salvador’s economy ministry has announced the ratification of a contract with Ventus SA (a subsidiary of the Guatemalan conglomerate Grupo Centrans) for a US$73m investment over a ten year period in El Salvador’s first wind-powered energy plant...
Mexico
On 12 February, the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador published a full list of the assets of each member of the cabinet in a bid to improve transparency...
* Mexican media have reported that the government-run Mexico City Airport Group (GACM) has agreed to pay some M$34bn (US$1.77bn) to investors who hold bonds issued by a trust created to help finance the construction of the now cancelled New Mexico City International Airport project (NAICM)...
Southern Cone
On 12 February, Uruguay’s foreign minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, appeared before the permanent committee in congress to explain the government’s position on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela...
* Uruguay’s state-owned electricity firm, UTE, has announced that it has started exporting electricity from its new combined-cycle thermoelectric plant in Punta Tigre to Argentina...

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