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LatinNews Daily - 30 April 2019

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On 29 April, thousands of people took to the streets in Honduras’s capital Tegucigalpa and across the country to protest reforms to the country’s health and public education systems approved by the unicameral congress on 25 April...
Andean
On 29 April, Hernán Dario Velásquez (‘El Paisa’), a former commander from the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, who is wanted by the authorities for failing to appear before the transitional justice court (JEP), released an open letter in which he complains that neither the JEP nor the Colombian authorities have provided the necessary guarantees for him to appear before the court...
* In a press conference, Gary Rodríguez, the director of private sector lobby group IBCE, highlighted a recent agreement signed by Bolivia and China for the export of Bolivian beef to China...
Brazil
On 29 April, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced plans to benefit the country’s agribusiness sector during the opening of the Agrishow 2019, an agricultural technology fair, in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state...
* Brazil’s latest public account figures show that the government registered a primary fiscal deficit of R$21bn (US$5.32bn) in March, down from a record R$24.5bn in March 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Central American isthmus federation of chambers of commerce (Fecamco) has released a new study which cites Nicaragua’s socio-political crisis as the cause for businesses throughout the region registering an average of 24% losses...
Mexico
On 29 April, Mexico’s 128-member federal senate approved the labour reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government...
*Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced the start of the construction of a new airport terminal at the Santa Lucía military air base, 45km north of Mexico City, that will open its doors in 2021...
Southern Cone
On 29 April Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) announced that it would relax the constraints on its interventions in the local foreign exchange market in order to try and prop up the ailing peso...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has revised down its domestic economic growth forecast for 2019 to 3.2%, down from the 4% it forecast in December 2018...

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