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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 21 February 2019

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On 20 February, the Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro unveiled the details of a pension reform and presented the proposal to the federal congress...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has begun production on its 'P-76' platform, the third active platform at the Búzios field in the 'pre-salt' area of the Santos Basin, 180km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state...
On 20 February Paraguay’s attorney general, Sandra Quiñónez, and the association of public prosecutors (AFF) denounced an attempt by Senator Enrique Bacchetta to influence the court case involving Deputy Ulises Quintana...
* Argentina’s finance ministry has published the fiscal results for January 2019, revealing that the country’s achieved a primary fiscal surplus of Ar$16.658bn (US$420m), up 324% in relation to the same month of 2018...
From Latin American Regional Report: Brazil & Southern Cone
With 2019 now getting into gear after a prolonged summer holiday period in the Southern Hemisphere, the February edition of the Latin American Regional Report: Brazil & Southern Cone delves into some of the emerging challenges faced by the governments of Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina...
Uruguay is one of the countries that has most reduced its poverty rates in the last 15 years...
When a tailings dam collapsed in Brumadinho on 25 January killing an estimated more than 300 people, the deadliest mining disaster on record in the country, the common feeling among Brazilians was that the country hasn’t learned the lessons of previous disasters...
After months deliberation, on 9 January Chile’s senate ratified the recently signed new free trade agreement (FTA) with Argentina by 34 votes to one...
An outbreak of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a rat-borne viral respiratory disease, has swept through areas of northern and southern Argentina, with 29 laboratory-confirmed cases recorded between October 2018 and 20 January 2019...
Export growth: On 22 January, Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) released new figures showing that the country’s exports reached US$61.62bn in 2018, up 5.1% on 2017, while imports reached US$65.44bn – a 2.2% decrease...

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