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LatinNews Daily - 17 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 16 January the Mexican government celebrated the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) regional trade agreement by the US Senate saying that full ratification of the agreement will help to attract investment to the country...
Andean
On 16 January, Bolivia’s interim defence minister Fernando López announced that the armed forces had been deployed to cities across the country and will carry out regular patrols until 24 January...
* Ecuador's national statistics institute (Inec) has reported that unemployment increased from 3.7% to 3.8% between December 2018 and December 2019, while the proportion of the population living in poverty rose from 23.2% to 25% in the same period...
Brazil
On 16 January the Federação Nacional de Jornalistas (Fenaj), an umbrella organisation for press unions in Brazil, reported that attacks against journalists and the press increased by 54% in 2019...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the index of economic activity (IBC-Br), used as a preview of GDP growth...
Central America & Caribbean
On 16 January Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei announced plans to set up a new anti-corruption commission...
* Panama’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show the country closed 2019 with -0.4% inflation, down from 0.8% in 2018...
Mexico
* Vicente Yañez, the president of Mexico’s retailers’ association (Antad), has said in a press conference that retail sales in the country were up 7.7% in 2019...
Southern Cone
On 16 January the head of the Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini, called upon President Alberto Fernández to release the “political prisoners” being held in Argentina...
*Paraguay’s finance minister, Benigno López, has announced that the government has successfully placed US$450m in sovereign bonds in the international markets...

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