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LatinNews Daily - 16 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 15 January, China’s foreign ministry confirmed that “China and Venezuela are stopping or slowing down some of our co-operation, due to sanctions and other factors”...
Andean
* Ecuador’s ministry of energy and non-renewable natural resources has announced that the large-scale Mirador mine has sent its first export of copper concentrate to China...
Brazil
On 15 January, sources within the Brazilian foreign ministry (Itamaraty) confirmed to the press that Brazil had formalised the suspension of its activities in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) regional forum...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released figures for the retail trade sector, which show that sales grew 0.6% in November 2019, compared with October...
Central America & Caribbean
On 15 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei said Honduran migrants with identification would be allowed to enter Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US...
* Cuba’s state-run oil company Unión Cuba-Petróleo (Cupet) has announced that the country is experiencing a shortage in the supply of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), a result, it asserts, of a US sanction imposed against Cuba’s primary gas supplier Corporación Panamericana SA, on 26 November 2019...
Mexico
On 15 January Mexico’s interior minister Olga Sánchez Cordero met Javier Sicilia, a local peace activist and influential public figure...
* Mexican business sector lobby group, the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), has called on the local public and private sectors to invest at least 25% of GDP in the country this year to lift Mexico’s economy out of its current state of stagnation...
Southern Cone
On 15 January Uruguay’s former president, José Mujica (2010-2015), criticised a proposal by President-elect Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou to offer tax incentives to Argentine entrepreneurs to attract them to Uruguay...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), according to which monthly inflation grew 3.7% in December 2019, slowing slightly after November recorded monthly inflation of 4.3%...

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