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LatinNews Daily - 09 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 8 January, the Mexican government formally assumed the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) saying that it hopes to use this to promote greater cooperation in the region, and not to discuss the same political issues that have been discussed in the other regional forums. ..
Andean
On 8 January, Bolivia’s interim government announced the opening of investigations into 592 former government officials, accused of embezzling state funds...
* The World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report has forecast GDP growth of 3.6% for Colombia in 2020, double the 1.8% average predicted for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole...
Brazil
On 8 January, Brazil’s national institute for space research, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Inpe), released annual data on wildfires which show that fires in the Amazon increased by 30% in 2019 compared with 2018...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest estimates for the country’s agricultural harvest, which point to a record 241.5m tonnes (t) of grains, leguminous plants, and oilseeds harvest in 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
In an interview with TV programme Frente a Frente, broadcast on 8 January, El Salvador’s justice & security minister Rogelio Rivas hailed a dramatic reduction in homicides...
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show annual inflation closed at 4.08% in 2019, within the BCH’s target range of 4.0% ±1.0 percentage point...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show Mexico exported 229,227 cars in December 2019, a 16.66% drop on the same month in 2018...
Southern Cone
On 8 January, Chile’s chamber of deputies voted in favour of creating a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations committed by the Chilean state and security forces in their response to social protests since last October...
* Argentina’s finance secretariat has published an advert calling for applications to become the country’s Agente de Información (information officer) tasked with identifying the country’s foreign creditors This is part of the process by which the government led by President Alberto Fernández is seeking to renegotiate Argentina’s foreign debt...

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