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LatinNews Daily - 26 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 25 August the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that it will begin a technical dialogue with its US counterpart to address the flow of “ordered, safe and regular migration” on the joint border...
Andean
On 25 August Ecuador’s foreign minister, Mauricio Montalvo, said that negotiations would begin “immediately” to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with Mexico, where President Guillermo Lasso is holding discussions with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
* The secretary general of the Andean Community (CAN), Jorge Hernando Pedraza, and Arman Shakkaliyev, a member of the board of economic competition and anti-monopoly regulation at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), have signed a new cooperation agreement on economic competition policies...
Brazil
On 25 August, the president of Brazil’s senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, announced that he had decided against taking up an impeachment request presented by President Jair Bolsonaro against supreme court (STF) magistrate, Alexandre de Moraes. Analysis:..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country totalled US$6.1bn in July, representing a 17.3% increase on the US$5.2bn that the country received in FDI in June...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 August Guatemala’s deputy health ministers, Edwin Montúfar and Francisco Coma, warned that the country’s hospital network was reaching its limit...
* Panama’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released figures which show that the country’s monthly indicator of economic activity (Imae) posted year-on-year growth of 24.9% in June 2021...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew 19.6% in the second quarter of 2021 compared with the same quarter last year...
Southern Cone
On 25 August local civil society groups protested outside the Chinese embassy in Argentina in rejection of the agreement that the Argentine and Chinese governments are negotiating for the large-scale production of pork in Argentina for export to China...
* The Argentine government has formalised the creation of a new state entity that will be in charge of contracting firms to dredge the Paraná-Paraguay waterway, one of the main riverine transport corridors in South America...

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