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LatinNews Daily - 11 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 May the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest federation of labour unions in the US, filed a formal complaint against Mexico for the alleged violation of workers’ rights regulations included in the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) regional trade agreement...
Andean
On 10 May the director of Venezuelan NGO Fundaredes, Javier Tarazona, announced that he had received a letter from a dissident unit of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group, which claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of eight Venezuelan soldiers...
* Peru’s foreign trade & tourism minister, Claudia Cornejo, has announced that the governments of Peru and Nicaragua have begun negotiations with the aim of signing an new bialeral free trade agreement (FTA)...
Brazil
On 10 May the Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU), Brazil’s financial ombudsman, received several requests to investigate reports that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government created a “secret budget” to buy the support of federal lawmakers...
* The Confederação Nacional das Indústrias (CNI), a business lobby in Brazil, has released the latest figures from its monthly survey of the industrial sector, according to which the sector’s revenues grew 2.2% in March compared with the previous month, recovering over half of the 3.6% drop it suffered in February...
Central America & Caribbean
On 10 May, Spain-based NGO Prisoners Defenders denounced that funds from the European Union (EU) destined to civil society in Cuba have actually been allocated to state-backed organisations...
* The Honduran government has presented its proposed ‘national reconstruction and sustainable development plan’, an infrastructure development plan designed to rebuild the northern and western parts of the country that were badly hit last year by the tropical storms ‘Eta’ and ‘Iota’, and to make Honduras more resilient to the impacts of climate change...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures on tourist arrivals to the country, according to which 4.2m visitors entered the country in March, a 36% decrease on the number of visitors received a year earlier, in March 2020, as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was just beginning to grip the world...
Southern Cone
On 10 May, the presidents of twelve of Paraguay’s opposition parties signed a joint statement condemning the government’s proposed reform to the emergency health law, which they claim “resembles the installation of an authoritarian regime”...
* The Argentine government has issued a decree extending the national biofuels production promotion law by two months...

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