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LatinNews Daily - 07 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 6 July, the US Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Julie Chung, condemned the arrest of three members of Fundaredes, a prominent human rights NGO in Venezuela...
Andean
* Ecuador’s foreign trade, production & fishing minister, Julio José Prado, has said that as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, over 22,000 formal companies have closed down while losses in sales from the productive sectors totalled over US$14.5bn...
Brazil
On 6 July the president of Brazil's federal chamber of deputies, Arthur Lira, said that nothing had changed as things stand to convince him to open impeachment proceedings against President Jair Bolsonaro...
* The French-based renewable energy company, Qair, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of the Brazilian state of Ceará to develop a green hydrogen plant and an offshore wind farm...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 July Nicaragua’s police (PNN) arrested Medardo Mairena, the leader of the Movimiento Campesino peasants farmers' movement and an opposition presidential pre-candidate ahead of the 7 November general election...
* El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature has approved US$554.8m worth of loans from the Central American development bank (BCIE) for road infrastructure, education and security...
Mexico
On 6 July the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), one of Mexico's main private sector lobbies, called on the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to “reconsider” its recent changes to foreign trade rules...
* Mexico has issued a second United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sovereign bonds, having become the first country in the world to do so in September 2020...
Southern Cone
On 6 July Uruguay’s health and economy & finance ministers, Daniel Salinas and Azucena Arbeleche, were questioned in the senate on the government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Chile's President Sebastián Piñera has announced the early closure of four coal-fired power plants in 2025...

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