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Caribbean & Central America - March 2019

Introduction
In this March edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America, we begin by looking at El Salvador...
Central America
In his victory speech on election night (3 February) Nayib Bukele told his ecstatic supporters that the country had “turned the page on the post-war period” and should now look to the future, not the past...
Guatemala has been temporarily suspended from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global lobby group which aims to set an international standard for the good governance of oil, gas, and mineral resources...
Although, strictly speaking, no country in Central America has a media monopoly in the sense of a single corporation owning all media outlets, concentration remains high...
Caribbean
Cuba’s new charter was a missed opportunity for bolder reforms and will satisfy neither the urgent need for faster growth nor the growing demand for some political opening beyond the tight strictures of the one-party Communist state...
There could hardly be a greater contrast between the growing certainty over Guyana’s transformative oil discoveries and the country’s political uncertainties with the constitutionally mandated deadline for a general election almost certain to be missed by many months...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been visiting Barbados again...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been praising the policies adopted by Grenada since it was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004...
*** CARICOM AND OAS STILL AT ODDS...
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