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LatinNews Daily - 28 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 27 July Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei denied having received bribes from Russian nationals...
Andean
On 27 July, Colombia’s Defence Minister Diego Molano Aponte announced the deployment of troops to Ituango municipality (Antioquia department), after more than 4,000 people were displaced by fighting between illegal armed groups...
* Peru’s ministry of transport and communications (MTC) has announced that a programme to expand and renovate a number of airports has received over US$1.8bn in public and private investment...
Brazil
On 27 July, Senator Ciro Nogueira announced that he had accepted President Jair Bolsonaro’s invitation to take up the role as chief-of-staff in the Brazilian government. ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest statistics on the external sector, which show that foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil fell sharply in June...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has approved a US$100m loan for Costa Rica’s state electricity firm Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) in the context of efforts to address the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 27 July Mexico’s federal health ministry (SSA) reported that 17,408 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases had been registered in the country in the previous 24 hours, the highest figure since January...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest data for its global economic activity indicator (Igae), a GDP proxy measure, which shows that economic activity in the country grew by 25.1% in May 2021 compared with the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 27 July, Argentina’s health minister Carla Vizzotti announced that the government led by President Alberto Fernández had closed a deal with US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer for 20m doses of its vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has published its June 2021 monetary policy report, in which it revised up its forecast for Paraguay’s GDP for 2021 to 4.5%, compared to the 3.5% growth that it forecast in March...

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