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Caribbean & Central America - February 2020

INTRODUCTION
Since assuming the presidency of Costa Rica in May 2018, Carlos Alvarado and the centre-left ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) have overseen promising improvements in public security...
CENTRAL AMERICA
Since assuming the presidency in May 2018, Carlos Alvarado and Costa Rica’s centre-left ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) have overseen promising improvements in public security...
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele began 2020 by trumpeting a dramatic reduction in homicides since taking office for a five-year term in June 2019...
On his 1-6 December 2019 visit to China, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced the latest infrastructure investment from the country’s new Asian benefactor would be “gigantic” and “non-refundable”...
CARIBBEAN
In January 2020 Haiti marked the ten-year anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake which left over 220,000 reported dead and forced 1.5m into displacement...
At its 40th heads of government conference, held in July 2019, the leaders of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) expressed their frustrations over the lack of progress on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME)...
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) held its annual news conference on 11 February at which it predicted healthy economic growth for the region of 4.1% in 2020, but the projection is dramatically skewed by the oil-fuelled surge in growth in Guyana, which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects at 85.6% for 2020...
A year ago, in January 2019, a split within the Caribbean Community (Caricom), and between leading Caricom members and the US, developed over policy towards Venezuela...
ECONOMIC HIGHLIGHTS
PANAMA | Panama Canal water shortages...

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