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LatinNews Daily - 21 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 20 April the head of Chile’s office of the presidency (Segpres), Juan José Ossa, announced that the executive led by President Sebastián Piñera has sent a complaint to the country’s constitutional court (TC) asking it to block a legislative initiative that would allow individuals to make another early withdrawal from their pension funds...
Andean
On 20 April Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti ruled out the reintroduction of blanket stay-at-home orders, as deaths and infections from the coronavirus (Covid-19) continue to climb...
* Ecuador’s economy and production, foreign trade, investment & fishing ministries have announced a new credit line (‘Resurgimos Ecuador’) for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which will be provided by both private banks and government agencies...
Brazil
On 20 April, Brazil’s Economy Minister Paulo Guedes defended this year’s national budget, which is yet to be sanctioned, arguing that it maintains the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has reported that the government saw a tax take of R$137.9bn (US$24.76bn) in March, an 18.49% increase on the tax take a year earlier, and a total R$445.9bn in tax revenue in the first quarter of 2021 (a 5.64% year-on-year increase)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 April the Dominican Republic’s chamber of deputies began debating whether to decriminalise abortion...
* Costa Rica’s tourism institute (ICT), a government body, has announced that 89,263 international tourists visited Costa Rica in March...
Mexico
On 20 April a federal judge, Juan Pablo Gómez Fierro, granted an appeal against a newly approved reform to Mexico's federal telecommunications law which requires mobile phone users to supply telecommunications providers with their personal biometric data for a new registry (Panaut)...
* Mexico’s senate has voted in favour of a reform to the regulations surrounding the subcontracting of employees and outsourcing of services by Mexican firms...
Southern Cone
* Uruguay’s economy & finance minister, Azucena Arbeleche, has announced new measures designed to support the sectors most affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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