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LatinNews Daily - 27 February 2019

Main Briefing
On 26 February, the US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams urged the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to approve a resolution calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed into Venezuela and for more UN members to adopt sanctions against Venezuela’s de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro...
Andean
* Colombia’s state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, has released figures which show that net profits in 2018 totalled Col$11.6trn (US$3.72bn) – the highest of the last five years and nearly double the profit registered in 2017...
Brazil
On 26 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro met with his Paraguayan counterpart, Mario Abdo Benítez, at the binational Itaipú hydroelectric dam in Foz do Iguaçu, in Brazil’s border state of Paraná...
* Brazil’s federal senate has approved the nomination of Roberto Campos Neto as the new president of Brazil’s central bank (BCB), with 55 votes in favour and six against...
Central America & Caribbean
On 26 February, it was reported that the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) had handed over a letter to Guatemala’s 158-member unicameral congress expressing concern about proposed changes to the national reconciliation law...
* Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado has signed a decree extending a national moratorium on the exploration and exploitation of oil deposits in Costa Rican territory until 31 December 2050...
Mexico
On 26 February, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for multilateral affairs and human rights, Martha Delgado, met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet...
* Ernesto Acevedo, Mexico’s deputy economy minister for industry & trade, has announced that Mexico will renew for six months a 15% steel tariff on countries with which it does not currently have free trade agreements...
Southern Cone
On 26 February, Argentina’s five supreme court (CSJN) justices agreed upon a list of 11 important lawsuits to be ruled upon within the first half of the year...
* Local economic consultancy firm, Econviews, has revised down its GDP growth forecast for Argentina this year from 1.8% to 1.5%...

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