LatinNews Daily - 22 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 21 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lamented the recent murder of at least 14 innocent civilians in Reynosa, Tamaulipas state, and asked the federal attorney general’s office (FGR) to take on the case to help resolve it.... Read More
On 21 June, Venezuela’s de facto president, Nicolás Maduro, announced the creation of a commission to implement a “judicial revolution” that would see inmates transferred from pre-trial detention centres to common prisons.... Read More
* Colombia’s export promotion agency, ProColombia, a government body, has announced that the export of construction materials grew by 37.1% in January-April 2021 compared with the same period in 2020, totalling a value of US$155.1m.... Read More
On 21 June, Brazil’s agriculture minister, Tereza Cristina da Costa Dias, admitted that a severe drought currently affecting the country will negatively impact food production.... Read More
* Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies has approved, for the second time, a presidential decree which lays out the conditions for the privatisation of the state-controlled electricity company, Eletrobras.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 21 June Panama’s attorney general’s office (AG) ordered the arrest of three public officials over allegations of crimes against public administration.... Read More
* Costa Rica’s official export promotion agency (Procomer) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports totalled US$5.77bn in the first five months of 2021, up 23% on the same period in 2020.... Read More
* Mexico’s deputy minister for foreign trade, Luz María de la Mora, has highlighted Mexico’s improved ranking as a recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the latest World Investment Report 2021 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).... Read More
Southern Cone
On 21 June the governments of Argentina and Mexico recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultation in the wake of the arrest of various opposition presidential aspirants ahead of November’s general election.... Read More
* Karina Gómez, the president of Paraguay’s national minimum wage council (Conasam), a tripartite commission comprising representatives of the state, employers, and workers, has announced that she will submit a proposal to the executive to increase the monthly minimum wage by 4.4% to G$2.28m (US$338).... Read More

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