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LatinNews Daily - 21 September 2021

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On 20 September the US Department of State sanctioned the head of Guatemala’s attorney general’s office (AG), María Consuelo Porras, for “obstructing investigations into acts of corruption by interfering with criminal investigations”...
Andean
On 20 September Colombia’s defence minister, Diego Molano Aponte, confirmed that the leader and second-in-command of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group’s Western Front had been killed by the military in Chocó department...
* Ecuador’s ministry of energy & non-renewable resources has opened the bidding process for three concessions to construct, operate and maintain various electricity generation and transmission plants, seeking a private investment of US$1.86bn across the projects...
Brazil
On 20 September, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro met the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced that it will aim to become carbon neutral in its direct operations and also seek to influence partners that manage operations in which Petrobras has a non-direct role to achieve this same objective...
Central America & Caribbean
* Costa Rica’s finance ministry has released new figures which show the country’s fiscal deficit to August was ¢1.32trn (US$2.12bn), representing 3.46% of GDP...
Mexico
On 20 September the governor of the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, condemned a bomb explosion in a restaurant that claimed two lives as “an unprecedented terrorist attack”...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has placed a new five-year bond worth M$12.5bn (US$622m) with a fixed interest rate (MBONO)...
Southern Cone
On 20 September local authorities in Chile reported that a couple were seriously injured after an arson attack at their home the previous day in Carajue, Temuco, part of the La Araucanía region where tensions have been high as Mapuche indigenous communities step up demands to recover their ancestral lands...
* Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou has reiterated Uruguay’s intentions of “opening up to the world” in a meeting in New York with representatives from investment funds and private capital...

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