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LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 4 July, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature approved changes to the budget which reassigns US$30.98m to security, including supporting the armed forces (FAES) in undertaking citizen security tasks...
Andean
On 4 July, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, submitted a report on the state of human rights in Venezuela following her recent visit to the country...
* Colombia’s foreign ministry has confirmed that the Japanese government has donated US$4.5m to the Colombian government to assist with the pressures due to migration by Venezuelans...
Brazil
On 4 July, Rio de Janeiro state's civil police and organised crime unit (Gaeco) arrested 42 people in the city of Itaboraí, in the north-east of Rio’s metropolitan area, as part of an operation against local militia...
* A special committee in Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies has approved a pension reform proposal with 36 votes in favour and 13 against, paving the way for it to be voted upon in the plenary chamber next week...
Central America & Caribbean
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that in the first quarter of 2019 foreign direct investment (FDI) to El Salvador reached US$177.3m, with a majority of investment going towards El Salvador’s industry, transport, and financial services...
Mexico
On 4 July, opposition deputies in Mexico’s chamber of deputies urged the federal government to resolve the conflict at the federal police (PF) and to avoid further confrontation with the protesting PF officers...
* A local NGO working on sustainable forestry, Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostenible (CCMSS), has warned that over the past 30 years four economic sectors in the Yucatán Peninsula - real estate, tourism, agriculture industry, and energy - have led to an overurbanisation and overdevelopment of the area that has put certain ecosystems at risk and threatens the way of life of multiple indigenous groups...
Southern Cone
On 4 July, a representative from Paraguay’s comptroller general’s office confirmed that the national directorate for public contracts (DNCP) has been asked to provide a report on the contracts awarded by the social security institute (IPS) in 2017-2018...
* In a press conference Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri revealed that his goverment is discussing with its Brazilian counterpart led by President Jair Bolsonaro, the possibility of joint negotiations to advance a free trade agreement with the US...

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