LatinNews Daily - 12 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 11 January, US carmaker Ford announced the closure of its last three factories in Brazil, bringing an end to its manufacturing activities in the South American country.... Read More
On 11 January, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), a US-based press advocacy group, condemned “the escalation of attacks against Venezuelan media” by the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro.... Read More
* Marcelo Gonzales, the newly-appointed president of Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), has confirmed that commencing the industrialisation of lithium will be YLB’s main priority under the government led by President Luis Arce.... Read More
* Brazil’s environment ministry (MMA) has completed an auction for the concession of two national parks, the Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral parks situated between the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 11 January Haitian political opposition leaders, including André Michel of the Secteur démocratique et populaire, and other members of the so-called 'committee of citizen mobilisation to respect the constitution', confirmed a timeframe of protests planned against President Jovenel Moïse which includes plans to stage a ‘general uprising’ next month.... Read More
* Guatemala’s central bank (Banguat) has released new figures which show that the country’s GDP in the third quarter of 2020 contracted by 1.8% year-on-year.... Read More
On 11 January, a Mexican federal judge issued a writ in favour of a coronavirus (Covid-19) patient, who has demanded that she be vaccinated as soon as possible.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that industrial production in the country was up by 1.1% in November 2020, in seasonally-adjusted terms, compared with the previous month.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 11 January the registration period ended for candidates hoping to compete in the constituent convention elections that will be held in Chile on 11 April. Analysis:... Read More
* Juan Schiaretti, the governor of Argentina’s Córdoba province, has announced that an agreement has been reached with foreign bondholders to restructure some US$1.7bn of the province's debt, following long-running negotiations in which several previous proposals had been rejected.... Read More

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