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LatinNews Daily - 12 November 2021

Main Briefing
On 11 November Cuba’s dissident group, Archipiélago, said that its moderator Yahima Díaz had been summoned by the Cuban police (PNR) as part of “police harassment and intimidation” ahead of planned protests scheduled for 15 November...
Andean
On 11 November, Ecuador’s umbrella indigenous organisation (Conaie) stated that there had been “advances” but no “concrete agreements” in a dialogue session with President Guillermo Lasso aimed at preventing further mass protests...
* The governor of Peru’s central bank (BCRP), Julio Velarde, has said that Peru’s economy could grow by 13.2% this year, up from the BCRP’s current forecast of 11.9%, if the current pace of economic expansion is maintained...
Brazil
On 11 November Arthur Lira, the president of Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies, said he would abide by a supreme court (STF) ruling that froze certain discretionary spending for legislators, but insisted control over the slush fund must remain with parliament...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has published its first forecast for the 2022 grain harvest, predicting that a record 270.7m tonnes (t) of grains, cereals and pulses will be produced...
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has sanctioned a new law (624) to strengthen the legal framework to prevent and combat money laundering, terrorism financing & the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction...
Mexico
On 11 November Mexico’s senate approved an agreement urging the relevant authorities to guarantee the supply of medicines...
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.00%, following increases of the same amount in September, August and June...
Southern Cone
On 11 November Argentina’s political parties concluded their campaigns, three days ahead of the all-important mid-term congressional elections...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which show that inflation grew 3.5% in October compared with September, following an increase of 3.5% in September which had marked a new acceleration after five previous months of slowing inflation...

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