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LatinNews Daily - 16 September 2020

Main Briefing
On 15 September the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras called for an “exhaustive investigation” into “worrying information” about the “possible disproportionate use of force against protesters by the police”...
Andean
On 15 September Colombian opposition senators urged the defence minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, to resign over the violent police response to protests last week which claimed 13 lives...
* Ecuador’s tax authority (SRI), has begun enforcing new rules to the internal tax regime law (ITRL) introduced on 31 December 2019 which establish that imported digital services will be subject to a 12% value-added tax (VAT)...
Brazil
On 15 September, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro declared that his government will henceforth be banned from uttering the words ‘Renda Brasil’ and will maintain the 'Bolsa Família' conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme until 2022...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced that it is revising its exploration & production (E&P) portfolio, in response to the crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Central America & Caribbean
* Costa Rica’s central bank (BCCR) has published its latest monthly economic activity index (IMAE) for July 2020, which showed a 7.8% decrease year-on-year as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 15 September, the financial intelligence unit (UIF) at Mexico’s federal finance ministry (SHCP) announced the freezing of bank accounts of political and community leaders in Chihuahua state as part of a corruption investigation...
* Mexico has become the first country in the world to issue a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sovereign bond...
Southern Cone
On 15 September, Uruguay’s umbrella trade union movement Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores-Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) confirmed that a 24-hour general strike will take place on 17 September in protest of the government’s proposed 2020-2024 budget...
*The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández has submitted its draft 2021 budget to congress – its first since coming to office in December 2019...

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