LatinNews Daily - 22 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 21 July, local and international human rights groups reported that summary trials had begun in Cuba of people detained in relation to the recent protests against the government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.... Read More
On 21 July, Peru’s president-elect Pedro Castillo met with President Francisco Sagasti to discuss the transfer of power ahead of Castillo’s inauguration on 28 July.... Read More
* The Observatorio Venezolano de Finanzas (OVF), an independent economic think-tank created by members of Venezuela’s political opposition, has published its index of economic activity (IAEM) for the second quarter of 2021.... Read More
On 21 July, Brazil’s health minister Marcelo Queiroga defended the return to in-person teaching in the country’s schools, echoing a call made by Education Minister Milton Ribeiro a day earlier.... Read More
* Brazil’s Receita Federal tax authority has raised R$137.2bn (US$26.4bn) in taxes in June, a 46.77% increase on its tax collection in June 2020.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$2.17bn in the first five months of 2021, up 12.1% on the same period in 2020, while imports totalled US$4.92bn, up 37.8%.... Read More
On 21 July Mexico’s federal public security minister, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, announced that homicides in the first six months of 2021 totalled 16,937, a 3.5% decline on the first half of 2020.... Read More
* A report presented by the Mexican branch of the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit organisation, has found that the costs incurred by urban expansion in Mexico, notably the provision of public services to the new peripheries and households’ commuting from them, can cost upwards of 1% of Mexico’s GDP annually.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 21 July, the provincial government of Buenos Aires announced that it had struck a deal with bondholders to restructure US$7.15bn of debt. Analysis:... Read More
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest figures for its monthly index of economic activity (Emae), which expanded 13.6% year-on-year in May, a performance largely due to the low basis of comparison given the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the economy in May 2020.... Read More

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