LatinNews Daily - 24 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 23 February Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández said that Argentina and Mexico must work together to create a new “axis” that promotes Latin American integration.... Read More
On 23 February a ‘march for transparency and democracy’ led by Yaku Pérez, the presidential candidate for Ecuador’s indigenous movement Pachakutik, arrived in Quito to denounce electoral fraud and demand a full vote recount.... Read More
* Colombia’s state-owned oil firm, Ecopetrol, has reported that it obtained Col$1.7trn (US$473m) in net profits in 2020, 87.3% less than in 2019.... Read More
On 23 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro personally delivered to congress a presidential decree (MP) seeking to accelerate the privatisation of the state-owned energy company, Eletrobras.... Read More
* Brazil’s Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI), a business lobby, has released a report on investments in the industrial business sector, which shows that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic affected businesses’ capacity to carry out their investment plans.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 23 February protests took place outside Panama’s social development ministry (Mides) in Panama City, demanding justice for those involved in alleged cases of child abuse which took place in children’s shelters funded by the national secretariat for children, adolescents, and family (Senniaf), a government body.... Read More
* The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has presented a comprehensive plan to help Central America prevent and respond to natural disasters, making US$1.6bn available to Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua over the next two years.... Read More
On 23 February Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved an electricity reform bill promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.... Read More
* The European Union (EU) has officially launched its Low Carbon and Circular Economy Business Action (LCBA) in Mexico.... Read More
Southern Cone
* Argentina’s energy secretariat has announced the end of subsidised electricity tariffs for so-called ‘big consumers’, that is to say entities consuming over 300 kilovolts per day.... Read More

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