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LatinNews Daily - 08 January 2021

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In brief: Argentina’s construction sector shows signs of recovery

*Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has reported that construction activity in the country increased by 6.2% in November 2020 compared to the same month in 2019. This is the first year-on-year increase in activity in the sector for two years. Argentina’s economy has been in recession since 2018 with construction one of the hardest hit sectors. This has produced large scale job losses and the government led by President Alberto Fernández has said that reactivating the construction sector will be key for the country’s economic recovery. The Indec report attributes the positive result to the easing of some of the restrictions imposed by the government since March 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which had virtually paralysed the construction sector.