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LatinNews Daily - 27 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 26 April, Venezuela’s defence minister, Vladimir Padrino López, announced the deaths of an unspecified number of soldiers in clashes with an illegal armed group in the western state of Apure, near the border with Colombia...
Andean
* The president of Bolivia’s state-owned oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Wilson Zelaya, has said that he expects YPFB's oil revenue to total US$1.9bn this year, up 35% on 2020...
Brazil
On 26 April, the governor of Ceará state in Brazil’s northeast, Camilo Santana, expressed his disappointment at the federal sanitary regulator (Anvisa) decision to deny a licence to import Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures on the external sector, which show that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country totalled US$6.9bn in March, just under the US$7bn projected by the BCB, and down from US$7.4bn recorded in March 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 26 April US Vice President Kamala Harris hosted Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei for a virtual bilateral meeting...
* The World Bank (WB) has released a new report suggesting a series of reforms for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to boost their economies which have been badly hit by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and hurricanes 'Eta' and 'Iota'...
Mexico
On 26 April the coordinator of the senate bench of Mexico’s ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, Ricardo Monreal, revealed that if the party fails to win a majority in the federal lower chamber of congress after elections on 6 June then it will move swiftly to reform the national electoral institute (INE)...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for its global indicator of economic activity (Igae), which fell 5.1% in February 2021 compared with the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 26 April the Uruguayan government formally presented its proposed changes to the rules of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) to the other members of the customs union...
* Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez has sanctioned a law to allow the socio-environmental funds from the two binational hydroelectric dams which Paraguay shares with Brazil (Itaipú) and Argentina (Yacyretá) to be used in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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