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LatinNews Daily - 29 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 28 April large demonstrations were held in cities across Colombia amid a national strike in protest at the government’s tax reform bill...
Andean
* The stabilisation of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic through efficient vaccination and the avoidance of further waves of infections is key to Bolivia’s economic recovery...
Brazil
On 28 April, Gustavo Mendes, a representative from Brazil’s federal sanitary regulator (Anvisa), insisted that the regulatory body’s decision to deny an import licence for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19) was based on the “principle of precaution”...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest figures from the national employment registry (Novo Caged), which show that 184,140 formal jobs were created in the country in March, the third consecutive month of job creation in the formal sector...
Central America & Caribbean
On 28 April over 90 Nicaraguan social and political organisations wrote a letter to Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro, calling on the OAS to demand electoral reforms from the government led by President Daniel Ortega to guarantee “free and fair elections” in November...
* The Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD) has released new figures which show the country’s monthly indicator of economic activity (Imae) posted 10.6% growth year-on-year in March, the second month of positive year-on-year growth since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020...
Mexico
On 28 April Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused Mexico’s federal electoral tribunal (TEPJF) of dealing a “blow to democracy”...
* Régulo Salinas, the president of the energy commission in Mexico’s Confederación de Cámaras Industriales (Concamin), a private sector lobby, has expressed concern that recent reforms to the country’s electricity sector could lead to the “collapse” of financial institutions which have financed big energy projects...
Southern Cone
On 28 April opposition deputies in Chile’s congress tabled a new bill that would allow individuals to make a fourth early withdrawal from their pension funds to help them overcome the financial difficulties they might be facing due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Argentina’s economy ministry has announced that it has successfully placed Ar$107.67bn (US$1.09bn) of new bonds on the domestic market...

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