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LatinNews Daily - 11 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 January, Venezuela’s foreign minister Jorge Arreaza accused the US government of “imperialist interventionism”, in response to its latest expression of support for Guyana’s claim to the contested border region of Essequibo...
Andean
*Local economic think-tank Fedesarrollo has updated its consumer confidence index (ICC) based on its December 2020 survey of consumers in Colombia...
Brazil
On 8 January, the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and the Instituto Butantan, two public scientific research institutes in Brazil, separately filed applications with the federal health regulator (Anvisa) for the emergency use of two different vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19), the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the CoronaVac. ..
* Brazil and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the area of technologies related to the production of niobium and graphene...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 January the Honduran presidential office tweeted that claims that President Juan Orlando Hernández “supposedly accepted drug money from a Geovanny Daniel Fuentes Ramírez or gave protection or coordination to drug traffickers is 100% false”...
* Guatemala’s central bank (Banguat) has released new figures which show family remittances to Guatemala totalled a record US$11.34bn in 2020, up from US$10.5bn in 2019...
Mexico
On 10 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended the plans to put the Mexican navy (Semar) in charge of Mexico’s maritime ports, and denied that this constitutes a militarisation...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show total production of light vehicles (cars and vans) was 3.04m in 2020, down 20.23% on 2019 while 2.68m light vehicles were exported, down 20.85% on 2019...
Southern Cone
On 8 January the government led by President Alberto Fernández extended the closure of Argentina’s borders and issued a decree recommending that provincial governments impose curfews to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released December 2020 data for the consumer price index (IPC), which shows that monthly inflation was 0.3%, bringing the annual rate to 3%...
Washington Watch
Venezuela: On 5 January US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a statement saying that the US continues to recognise Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela...

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