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LatinNews Daily - 15 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 14 July Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) blocked President Jimmy Morales from signing a ‘safe third country’ migration deal with the US...
Andean
On 14 July Venezuela’s internationally recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, confirmed that delegates representing the opposition would return to Barbados this week to continue negotiations with representatives of the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro...
* Bolivia’s state-owned oil company (YPFB) has announced that it will partner with Russian fertilizer production company Acron to establish a new company in Brazil called BORUS (Bolivia-Russia) Fertilizer...
Brazil
On 12 July Rodrigo Maia, the president of Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies, announced that the chamber’s second round of voting on the pension reform would take place in August, once congress returns from recess...
* Brazil’s secretariat of economic policy (SPE), part of the economy ministry, has revised its 2019 GDP growth forecast downwards to 0.8%...
Central America & Caribbean
* Cuba’s government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel has revised up GDP growth for 2018 to 2.2% from 1.2% as initially reported...
Mexico
On 12 July Carlos Lomelí Bolaños, the Mexican federal government’s official delegate to the state of Jalisco, announced his resignation...
* Mexico’s central (Banxico) has published minutes from a recent meeting with government officials regarding monetary policy which confirm that, following Q1 and preliminary Q2 figures, officials believe that Mexico’s economy will grow at a slower rate than previously predicted this year...
Southern Cone
On 12 July, Paraguayan police led two parallel operations against drug trafficking in the municipality of Capitán Bado, Amambay department, near the border with Brazil, resulting in the arrest of a major drug trafficker and the dismantling of a marijuana production and stockpiling structure...
* Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has changed the outlook for Argentina’s government to 'negative' from 'stable'...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 9 July, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) made a preliminary determination that changed circumstances do not exist that would warrant any changes to the antidumping duty (AD) order for biodiesel imports from Argentina...

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