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LatinNews Daily - 28 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 27 June Colombia’s defence minister, Diego Molano Aponte, said that the authorities have received information that local guerrilla groups were responsible for the armed attack that appeared to target President Iván Duque two days earlier...
Andean
* Peru’s main foreign trade lobby, Comex Perú, has released figures showing that agricultural exports to the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) totalled US$769m in the first four months of 2021, representing a 24.3% increase on the same period last year, when the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic caused a global slump in demand...
Brazil
On 25 June, federal deputy Luis Miranda, said that Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was aware of irregularities in a proposed contract for the purchase of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, prompting calls for a corruption investigation into Bolsonaro...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has announced that the country registered a balance of payments (BOP) surplus of US$3.8bn in May, compared to a BOP deficit of US$519m in the same month last year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 June Honduras’s Environment Minister Liliam Rivera urged Guatemala to implement “immediate, more effective, and definitive solutions” to tackle pollution in the Motagua River, Guatemala’s longest river, which runs to the Gulf of Honduras, which Rivera said is depositing rubbish on Honduran beaches...
* Panama’s economy & finance ministry (MEF) has issued new treasury bonds for US$1.25bn with a 3.62% yield due to mature in 2031 and reopened a global bond for US$750m, with a 3.774% yield, due to mature in 2050...
Mexico
On 26 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the country remains “calm” despite a surge in violence...
*Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest data from its global economic activity indicator (Igae), a GDP proxy measure, which shows that economic activity in the country increased by 22.3% in April compared with April 2020...
Southern Cone
On 26 June Chile’s health minister, Enrique Paris, appealed to Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, to retract comments questioning the efficacy of the Coronavac vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19) produced by the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released its latest GPD figures, which show that the country’s economy grew 0.6% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021...
Washington Watch
Venezuela:  On 17 June, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) issued a general licence on Venezuela, making additional coronavirus (Covid-19) related transactions and activities exempt from imposed economic sanctions...

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