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LatinNews Daily - 04 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 2 March, the Movimiento Campesino de Nicaragua peasant farmers’ organisation grouping announced that its representatives were joining the negotiating team of the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia political opposition group that is currently engaged in a new dialogue process with the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega to try to resolve the country’s political and social crisis...
Andean
Juan Guaidó announced on 3 March that he will return to Venezuela today (4 March) after completing a mini tour of the region...
* ProColombia - Colombia’s official investment, tourism, an export promotion agency - has announced that the 12 edition of its ProColombia Travel Mart (PTM) international tourism business conference produced US$17m in business deals between Colombian and foreign entrepreneurs...
Brazil
On 2 March, Brazilian mining giant Vale announced that the company’s CEO Fábio Schvartsman and three other executives were temporarily stepping down amid the backlash from the collapse of a tailings dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, in January...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released figures which show that the country registered a US$3.67bn trade surplus in February, which represents a 10.2% increase on the average daily trade surplus in February last year...
Central America & Caribbean
* Cuba’s foreign trade & investment minister, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, has said that the country’s foreign trade increased 5% in 2018 and that Cuba had maintained a trade surplus despite the “adverse international context”...
Mexico
On 2 March, federal police (PF) announced that they had detained two leaders of the feared Mexico City (CDMX) criminal gang, Unión de Tepito...
* Mexico’s economy ministry (SE) has reported that according to the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2018, Mexico’s ranking as an attractive destination for mining investment has increased from 44 to 29...
Southern Cone
On 2 March, Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez met with his Bolivian counterpart, President Evo Morales, in the Bolivian city of Oruro...
* Uruguay’s institute for the regulation and control of cannabis (IRCCA), an official government body, has reported that the sale of legal marihuana in the country has generated US$889,570 in tax revenues for the state since the legalisation of marihuana in 2013...
Washington Watch
Brazil/Paraguay: On 24 February, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier began a trip to Brazil and Paraguay to “promote regional prosperity, security, democracy, and human rights” according to the US State Department...

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