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LatinNews Daily - 23 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 22 June Argentina’s economy minister, Martín Guzmán, announced that the government has reached an agreement with the Paris Club of creditors over the past due debt repayments owed by Argentina...
Andean
On 22 June leading voices in Ecuador’s indigenous party, Pachakutik (PK) – the support of which is key to President Guillermo Lasso delivering his legislative agenda – made clear that PK will not be an easy partner in the national assembly...
* Peru’s foreign trade & tourism minister, Claudia Cornejo, has said that the country’s exports are likely to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic by December 2021...
Brazil
On 22 June, a protest by indigenous people outside the congressional building in Brazil’s capital, Brasília, was violently repressed by the police, leaving several people injured...
* The Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro has presented its ‘2021/2022 harvest plan’, which comprises R$251.2bn (US$50.7bn) worth of credit lines for farmers to help boost agricultural output...
Central America & Caribbean
On 22 June US State Department press spokesperson Ned Price said the US continues to call on Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and government to “immediately release [imprisoned] presidential contenders…journalists, civil society, and opposition leaders”...
* El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature has approved a US$50m loan with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an institution which is part of the World Bank (WB) Group, for projects aimed at addressing the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic such as funding the national vaccination plan...
Mexico
On 22 June Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s deputy health minister and the official in charge of leading the coronavirus (Covid-19) response in Mexico, warned of a possible “change in tendency” in the pandemic, citing a rise in infections...
* International ratings agency, Moody’s Investors Service, has said that it does not expect private investment in Mexico’s electricity sector to increase for the next three years, a direct consequence of a controversial electricity reform passed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government and which seeks to prioritise electricity produced by the state-owned electricity firm Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) over private providers...
Southern Cone
* The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández has announced the resumption of beef exports, following their suspension for a month from mid-May as part of efforts to stabilise the price of beef on the domestic market...

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