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LatinNews Daily - 08 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 7 April Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera accepted the resignation of his labour & social security minister, María José Zaldívar...
Andean
On 7 April Diosdado Cabello, the vice president of Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), raised the prospect of military action following calls by Colombia’s President Iván Duque for the European Union (EU) to increase its pressure on the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro...
* The governments of Ecuador and the US have signed a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) to facilitate the exchange of information on corruption, money laundering, and other criminal activities, as well as to help the governments of both countries to assess the impact of their tax policies...
Brazil
On 7 April, a judge on Brazil’s supreme court (STF), José Antonio Dias Toffoli, issued a preliminary ruling suspending part of a law which allows for the extension of medical and pharmaceutical patents...
* Brazil’s infrastructure minister, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, has hailed as a “victory of boldness, work, and infrastructure” the tender for 22 airport concessions, concluded yesterday (7 April) and which raised R$3.3bn (US$587.8m)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 April the Dominican Republic’s foreign ministry (Mirex) said it was following events in neighbouring Haiti with “deep concern”, highlighting difficulties in keeping to the electoral calendar proposed by the government led by President Jovenel Moïse, as well as political instability and violence...
* The Dominican Republic’s tourism minister, David Collado, has revealed that 263,867 tourists visited the country in March 2021, up 56% on February numbers and a 3.4% increase on March 2020...
Mexico
On 7 April Israel Patrón Reyes, public security minister in Michoacán state, said in a press conference that in recent days authorities had received credible information of a presence of “armed civilians” in Aguililla municipality...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest monthly indicator on gross fixed capital formation (GFCF), which measures levels of investment in fixed capital goods such as machinery and equipment, and in construction...
Southern Cone
* Paraguay’s finance minister, Óscar Llamosas, has announced that funds amounting to some US$10m will go towards subsidies for workers and traders whose income has been affected by border closures due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in 16 cities which border Argentina...

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