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LatinNews Daily - 18 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 17 January the governments of Mexico and Guatemala called on their Honduran counterpart to contain the exodus of irregular migrants from Honduras...
Andean
On 15 January, Colombia’s former justice minister (2019-2020), Margarita Cabello, was inaugurated as the country’s new prosecutor general...
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has announced that domestic economic activity contracted by 2.8% year-on-year in November 2020 – the strongest monthly performance since before the onset of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 17 January, Brazilians in the state of São Paulo began to be vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19), minutes after the federal health regulator (Anvisa) approved two vaccines for emergency use in the country. ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the retail trade sector, which saw a slight dip in sales of -0.1% in November 2020 compared with October...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Dominican Republic’s finance ministry has issued US$2.5bn worth of bonds on international markets...
Mexico
On 16 January Mexico’s foreign ministry published the detailed evidence assembled by US prosecutors against former defence minister General Salvador Cienfuegos (2012-2018), who was arrested in the US last October accused of drug trafficking and money laundering by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) before being returned to Mexico just over a month later...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has issued two bonds worth a total of €1.8bn (US$2.1bn), and will use these funds to repurchase euro-denominated debt that matures in 2023, reducing repayment commitments by 36%...
Southern Cone
On 15 January local experts warned that Uruguay has now entered the coronavirus (Covid-19) high risk level ‘red zone’ as measured by Harvard University’s Covid-19 Dashboard...
* Argentina’s government has announced changes to its tax withholding scheme for automobile exports, according to which the automobile industry’s incremental exports will not be subjected to export duties...
Washington Watch
Ecuador: On 13 January, the US and Ecuador finalised a bilateral cooperation agreement, aimed at strengthening trade ties and the fight against drug trafficking...

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