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LatinNews Daily - 01 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 31 March the last of a series of televised debates was held between candidates for Peru’s presidential election, the first round of which will take place on 11 April...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has reported that the national unemployment rate reached 15.9% in February...
Brazil
On 31 March, Brazil’s Defence Minister Walter Souza Braga Netto announced the appointment of the new commanders-in-chief of the army, navy, and air force, after the collective departure of the previous military chiefs a day earlier over differences with President Jair Bolsonaro. ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest unemployment figures, which show that the unemployment rate reached 14.2% in the November 2020-January 2021 quarter, up three percentage points on the same quarter a year earlier...
Central America & Caribbean
On 31 March Panama’s main private sector lobby, Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), called for the repeal of a 29 March executive decree which introduces new restrictions on those seeking to enter the country from South America...
*Government delegations from Cuba and Russia have begun a two-day meeting, the XVIII session of the Cuba-Russia inter-governmental committee, in Cuba’s capital, Havana...
Mexico
On 31 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticised the latest US Department of State report on human rights, specifically its accusations that Sanjuana Martínez, the director of Mexico’s state news agency Notimex, orchestrated attacks on journalists...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SCHP) has revised up its GDP forecast and now estimates that the country’s GDP will grow 5.3% this year, after a record 8.2% contraction in 2020 due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 31 March, the scientific advisory group (Gach) that is advising the Uruguayan government on how to manage the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic held a meeting with President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou to analyse the epidemiological situation in the country...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has increased its national GDP growth forecast for 2021 from 5.5%-6.5% to 6%-7%...
Publishing Note
This is the last LatinNews Daily before Easter...

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