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LatinNews Daily - 18 March 2021

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On 17 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador threatened to cancel mining concessions held by two Canadian companies at his morning press conference, accusing them of failing to recognise a trade union and non-payment of taxes...
Andean
On 17 March Colombia’s national police arrested Nini Johana ‘La Negra’ Úsuga, who is accused of running the financial operations of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC) paramilitary group, also known as the ‘Clan del Golfo’...
* Deputy minister for the development of special economic zones (ZEEs) Juan Arias has presented a legislative bill on special economic zones before the national assembly’s economy, finance & economic development committee...
Brazil
On 17 March, Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) urged US President Joe Biden to call a G20 meeting for world leaders to discuss the issue of vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19). ..
* The monetary policy committee (Copom) in Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has raised the benchmark interest rate (Selic) by 75 basis points to 2.75%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 17 March members of Haiti’s national police (PNd’H) staged protests in the capital, Port-au-Prince...
* International credit ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Panama’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to Baa2 from Baa1...
Mexico
* The Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Restaurantes y Alimentos Condimentados (Canirac), Mexico’s restaurant association, has issued a statement urging agreements at different levels of government to reactivate the sector which has been affected by restrictions implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
Southern Cone
On 17 March Paraguay’s lower chamber of congress swatted aside an impeachment motion against President Mario Abdo Benítez and Vice President Hugo Velázquez as soon as it was presented by the main opposition Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico (PLRA)...
* Argentina’s secretariat of domestic trade, part of the productive development ministry, has launched a new system to monitor the price and stock of products sold by large firms, with the aim of “better understanding the evolution of prices in each value chain to then design better public policies for the domestic market”, according to a ministry source cited by state news agency Telam...

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