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Caribbean & Central America - July 2019

Introduction
In this July edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America, we begin by looking at Nicaragua where, more than a year since the start of the crackdown by President Daniel Ortega on his political opponents, the economic consequences for the country are clearer than ever...
Central America
Recent revelations that in 2015 President Juan Orlando Hernández was targeted in an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since “at least in or about 2013” have left the president again on the defensive...
More than a year since the start of the crackdown by President Daniel Ortega on his political opponents, which began in April 2018, the economic consequences for the country are clearer than ever...
Guatemala’s second-round presidential election will be held on 11 August, and either Sandra Torres of the centre-left Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) or Alejandro Giammattei of the centre-right Vamos party will take office in January 2020...
On 15 January, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) released its annual Social Panorama report detailing inequality and wealth distribution across the region...
Caribbean
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a statement on Guyana on 17 June following a mission to the country as part of the Article IV consultation process...
Back in April, an opinion poll conducted in Suriname’s capital Paramaribo indicated a sharp decline in popularity for President Desi Bouterse’s National Democratic Party (NDP)...
On 26 June, Barbados’ attorney general, Dale Marshall, pledged “zero tolerance” for corruption and that four pieces of legislation would be introduced by Independence Day on 30 November...
It is no surprise that Guyana is seeking to deepen its defence cooperation with Brazil given the turmoil in neighbouring Venezuela, and the fact that Venezuela continues to claim around two-thirds of Guyanese territory...
Highlights
PANAMA | FDI up...

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