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LatinNews Daily - 17 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 16 February, the Confederação Nacional de Municípios (CNM) grouping of Brazilian municipalities issued a statement calling for the federal health minister, Eduardo Pazuello, to be replaced...
Andean
On 16 February Colombia's foreign ministry issued a statement fiercely criticising the Nicaraguan government’s creation of a ‘Nicaraguan Caribbean biosphere reserve’...
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has reported that the country’s economy contracted by 6.8% in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – the largest recession on record...
Brazil
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released figures which show that household debt has increased in Brazil in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Central America & Caribbean
On 16 February unionists and members of the Movimiento No Más AFP protest movement staged demonstrations outside the legislative assembly in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, calling for the country’s pensions system to be nationalised...
* The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has released its Business-to-Consumer E-commerce Index 2020 which showed Costa Rica became the best performer in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, replacing Chile...
Mexico
On 16 February Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Mexico should aim for energy self-sufficiency...
* Mexico’s regulatory committee for bank liquidity, which groups representatives from the finance ministry (SHCP) and the central bank (Banxico), has agreed on the extension of measures implemented in April last year to help guarantee banks’ access to liquidity amidst the persistent uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 16 February, the Paraguayan authorities reported that at least six people had been killed during a riot registered at Tacumbú prison, the country’s largest...
* Chile’s Finance Minister Rodrigo Cerda has said that allowing individuals to make a further withdrawal from their pension pots to help them overcome the financial difficulties they face due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will not be beneficial for the country’s poor...

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