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LatinNews Daily - 09 February 2021

Main Briefing
In a video statement circulated on 8 February, supreme court judge, Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, confirmed he had “accepted the proposal of the opposition and civil society, to serve…as interim president for the transition” in Haiti...
Andean
On 8 February, Colombia’s Defence Minister Diego Molano reported that the Cuba's ambassador to Colombia, José Luis Ponce, had shared intelligence regarding a possible “terrorist attack” on Bogotá by the Ejército Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group...
* Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno has submitted to the national assembly (AN) a bill seeking to reform the country’s central bank (BCE), most notably prohibiting it from lending money from Ecuador’s international reserves to finance public spending...
Brazil
On 8 February, the network of state-run schools in São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state, opened for in-person teaching for the first time since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic last year...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has concluded the sale of the Landulpho Alves refinery (RLAM) and its associated assets in the north-eastern state of Bahia...
Central America & Caribbean
* Rodolfo Lizano, the director of planning and development for Costa Rica’s tourism institute (ICT), a government body, projects that between 400,000 and 1.6m tourists will visit Costa Rica during 2021...
Mexico
On 8 February Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appeared in a press briefing and said his government will not change its strategy for managing the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Mexico's auto industry groups, the Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz (Amia) and Industria Nacional de Autopartes (Ina), have warned that global shortages of semiconductors will adversely affect vehicle production in Mexico for at least the first half of 2021...
Southern Cone
On 8 February Argentina’s state-run oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) announced the successful conclusion of debt restructuring talks with creditors after presenting a fourth offer. Analysis:..
* Chile’s under-secretariat for international economic relations (Subrei) has revealed that Chile’s trade balance totalled US$12.74bn in January, a 3% increase on the trade balance recorded in January 2020 and the highest trades surplus figure for the month of January since 2013...

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