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LatinNews Daily - 28 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 27 March, a cross-party group of legislators from Colombia’s national congress held a meeting with President Iván Duque in which they urged him to find a solution to protests that have been staged by indigenous groups in Cauca department...
Andean
* Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras has issued Bolivia’s state-owned oil company (YPFB) with a fine for failing to meet Brazilian demand for liquified natural gas (LNG) in 2018 and thus violating the terms of a contract between the two companies...
Brazil
On 27 March, the index for Brazil’s São Paulo stock exchange (Ibovespa) fell 3.57% to its lowest point since 7 January, while the US dollar appreciated 2.24% against the real, trading at R$3.95/US$1, an almost six months high...
* Brazil’s Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) has released the latest figures for its consumer confidence index (ICC), which show that consumer confidence fell in March...
Central America & Caribbean
On 27 March, US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen announced an “historic” agreement between the US and Central America's 'Northern Triangle' countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) to address the “root causes” of the migration crisis...
* Guatemala’s economy ministry has announced the launch of the first round of negotiations with Ecuador to develop and expand a partial scope agreement of economic complementation (AAPCE) which has been in effect since February 2013...
Mexico
On 27 March, the president of Mexico's federal chamber of deputies, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, was forced to cancel a plenary session in which changes proposed by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the 2012-2013 education reform were due to be voted on...
* At an agricultural sector forum which took place at the Universidad Autónoma de Tabasco, Bosco de la Vega, the president of Mexico’s national agricultural council (CNA), called for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to be approved without further delay...
Southern Cone
On 27 March, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri defended his government’s monetary policy as “serious and predictable” as the value of the peso continued to plummet...
* Statistics released about energy exports from Uruguay’s National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmissions (UTE) in the first months of 2019 forecast a promising year for the state-owned company, with the company exporting 74% of the total energy sold in the region in 2018, in the first quarter of 2019...

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