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LatinNews Daily - 27 September 2021

Main Briefing
On 24 September, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso presented his government’s tax and labour reform bill to the national assembly...
Andean
* Peru’s Prime Minister Guido Bellido has threatened to nationalise the Camisea gas fields (Cusco region), unless the international consortium that runs the project agrees to renegotiate the amount of royalties it pays to the government...
Brazil
On 24 September, a judge on Brazil’s supreme court (STF) ruled that religious missions cannot enter territories occupied by uncontacted indigenous peoples during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest data on the external sector, which show that foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country surged year-on-year in August...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 September Nicaragua’s election campaign officially began ahead of the 7 November general elections...
* Guatemala’s government has announced that a delegation headed up by Economy Minister Antonio Malouf and the deputy minister of trade and integration, Edith de Molina, along with various private sector representatives, is in South Korea to shore up investment...
Mexico
On 26 September Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the new Dos Bocas oil refinery in the south-eastern state of Tabasco will come on-stream on 1 July 2022...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that the country’s consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.42% in the first two weeks of September compared with the previous two weeks, pushing the annual inflation rate to 5.87%...
Southern Cone
On 24 and 25 September anti-immigrant violence in Chile’s northern city of Iquique prompted condemnation from a range of domestic and international organisations...
* The Confederación Argentina de la Mediana Empresa (Came), an Argentine organisation representing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has released the latest figures from its monthly index of SMEs’ industrial production (IPIP), which show that SMEs recorded a strong performance in August...
Washington Watch
Haiti: On 22 September US Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote stepped down from the post which he assumed in July...

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