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LatinNews Daily - 16 April 2019

Main Briefing
On 15 April, foreign ministers representing Western Hemisphere nations in the Lima Group concluded a meeting in Santiago, Chile, by releasing a 17-point declaration urging the international community to take measures to isolate the de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro and support the restoration of democracy under the opposition figurehead and widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has released the latest figures for economic growth which show that national economic activity grew by 2.09% in February 2019 compared to the previous year...
Brazil
On 15 April, Brazil’s economy ministry presented the draft of its budgetary guidelines law (LDO) for 2020 to the federal congress...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has celebrated the fact that land invasions have fallen dramatically during the first three months of his presidency...
Central America & Caribbean
On 15 April, Bonerge Mejía Orellana was sworn in as the new president of Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) for the 2019-2020 period...
* According to new figures from the Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD) and tourism ministry (Mitur), tourism was up 4.5% in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2018, with the country receiving 2.03m visitors (including residents and non-residents)...
Mexico
On 15 April, Pedro Flores Jiménez, the head of finances and administration at Mexico's federal health ministry, announced various agreements with the resident doctors’ union Asamblea Nacional de Médicos Residentes (ANMR)...
* Jaime Reusche, vice president and senior analyst on Latin America at Moody’s Investors Service’s sovereign risk group, has warned that Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex could risk becoming a burden for the public treasury if it does not succeed in reducing the cost of access to the financial markets and increases oil production...
Southern Cone
On 15 April, a local judge ordered the arrest of General Alejandro Villagra, the commander of the first armoured brigade of the Chilean army, on suspicion of fraud...
* The Argentine government has issued an administrative decree (DA288) which increases the federal government spending limit by Ar$16.61bn (US$399.18m) this year...

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