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LatinNews Daily - 19 March 2021

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On 18 March tensions in Bolivia continued to mount, as thousands of pro-government demonstrators marched in the city of La Paz in support of the judicial proceedings against former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020)...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has released new figures which show that imports totalled US$3.6bn in January 2021, an 11.7% drop on the same month in 2020...
Brazil
On 18 March, the state-controlled Banco do Brasil announced the resignation of the bank’s CEO, André Brandão...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has issued a decree (MP) to reimplement emergency handouts to vulnerable Brazilians in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, known as the ‘auxílio emergencial’...
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 March Mauricio Oliva, the pre-presidential candidate for Honduras’s ruling Partido Nacional (PN), conceded defeat in the 14 March primaries...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has published new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$253.3m in January 2021, up 3.5% on the same month in 2020...
Mexico
On 18 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the state-owned oil company Pemex should lift production to 2m barrels per day (bpd) by the end of this year but no more, emphasising that government policy now seeks self-sufficiency in petroleum production and consumption...
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that Mexico’s economy, which shrank 8.2% last year due to the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, was doing “very well”...
Southern Cone
On 18 March large parts of Santiago metropolitan region were placed under an indefinite full lockdown as Chile tries to get a hold on rapidly increasing coronavirus (Covid-19) infections that are threatening to undermine the success of the country’s immunisation programme and an incipient economic recovery...
* Uruguay’s congress has approved a law which aims to bring relief to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (Mipymes) as they continue to struggle in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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