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LatinNews Daily - 19 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 18 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he hopes that US President-elect Joe Biden will fulfil his promise to reform the US immigration system so that it reinforces migrants’ rights and discourages illegal migration...
Andean
On 18 January, Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek Saab, issued arrest warrants for two officials appointed by opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, to the board of directors of Citgo, the US-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Pdvsa...
* Colombia’s national planning department (DNP) has announced the signing of a Col$4.4trn (US$1.27bn) regional investment plan for the eastern departments of Cesar and La Guajira, on the border with Venezuela...
Brazil
On 18 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters that the CoronaVac vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19), which was approved for emergency use the previous day, “is Brazil’s vaccine, not any governor’s [vaccine]”. ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the November 2020 figures for its monthly index of economic activity (IBC-Br), a preview of GDP growth, which show economic activity expanded 0.59% compared with October, and contracted 0.89% year-on-year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 January Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral national legislature approved a constitutional amendment which would allow life sentences in prison for “hate crimes”...
* Costa Rica’s finance ministry has released new figures which show that the country’s fiscal deficit closed 2020 at 8.34% of GDP...
Mexico
* Carlos Salazar, the president of Mexico’s main business lobby Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), has said that the CCE is forecasting that Mexico’s GDP will grow between 3% and 4% in 2021 after contracting 9% in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 18 January the Temucuicui Mapuche indigenous community began a ‘Lef Xawun’ (urgent talks) to discuss a deadly drug raid by the police in the area earlier this year in particular and rising violence in the southern region of La Araucanía in general...
* According to a new report by the centre for production studies (CEPXXI), which is part of Argentina’s productive development ministry, industrial activity is showing continued signs of recovery...

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