LatinNews Daily - 24 September 2020

Main Briefing
On 23 September US President Donald Trump announced more economic sanctions on Cuba, including a prohibition on US travellers staying at properties owned by the Cuban government.... Read More
On 23 September, Colombia’s Defence Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo refused to comply with a supreme court (CSJ) ruling ordering the government to take action to guarantee the right to protest, and said he would challenge the ruling in the constitutional court (CC).... Read More
* The Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Ucab) in Caracas, a private university, has released a report showing that Venezuela’s annual budget deficit is set to shrink to 7.9% of GDP in 2020, compared to 11% the previous year.... Read More
On 23 September, Brazil’s Economy Minister Paulo Guedes and the government leader in the federal chamber of deputies, Ricardo Barros, indicated that the executive and congress are working hand-in-hand to implement economic reforms.... Read More
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest external sector statistics, which reveal a sharp drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* The Panamanian government led by President Laurentino Cortizo has announced that it has issued US$2.57bn worth of sovereign bonds to combat the decrease in fiscal income due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
On 23 September governors from 14 Mexican states called on the federal government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador not to politicise public security, arguing that this will only lead to failure.... Read More
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has unveiled new measures to restructure loans for individuals and firms in order to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 23 September, the Uruguayan government expressed its support for the extension of the mandate of the United Nations (UN) investigation into human rights violations in Venezuela, signalling an expected foreign policy shift under President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou.... Read More
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has published new figures which show that the unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2020 rose to 13.1%, up from the 10.4% registered in the first quarter.... Read More

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