LatinNews Daily - 18 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 16 October the president of Venezuela’s national assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, announced that the government had suspended its participation in negotiations with the political opposition in response to the extradition of its alleged bagman, Alex Saab, from Cape Verde to the US.... Read More
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has published the latest figures on industrial production, which increased by 15.5% in August compared with the same month last year.... Read More
On 16 October, several organisations representing independent lorry drivers in Brazil issued an ultimatum to the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro, threatening to strike if their demands are not met within 15 days.... Read More
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the monthly index of economic activity (IBC-Br), which show that economic activity shrank 0.15% in August compared with the previous month.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 16 October an armed gang kidnapped a group of 17 people, North American missionaries and their relatives, near the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.... Read More
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country’s foreign debt (public and private combined) totalled US$10.82bn in August this year.... Read More
On 17 October Mexico City (CDMX) authorities said that they had arrested four suspects accused of an armed attack on a businessman days earlier, in the city’s international airport (AICM).... Read More
* Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Agropecuario (CNA), the country’s main agricultural lobby, has warned that increasing dependence on imports is taking Mexico further away from food self-sufficiency.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 17 October the Partido Justicialista (PJ, Peronists) ‘Loyalty Day’ was celebrated with discordant speeches on Argentina’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).... Read More
* Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero has held a meeting with his Paraguayan counterpart, Euclides Acevedo, during which the two men discussed their countries’ bilateral relationship and the strengthening of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) trade bloc, to which Argentina and Paraguay belong along with Brazil and Uruguay.... Read More
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 11 October, Argentina’s economy minister Martín Guzmán and president of Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) Miguel Pesce led a working meeting with representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC where they addressed technical aspects of negotiations to restructure the US$44bn debt that Argentina has with the IMF.... Read More

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