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LatinNews Daily - 14 January 2022

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On 13 January Guatemala’s 160-member unicameral legislature voted to convene the commission tasked with drawing up a list of candidates for the new attorney general (AG)...
Andean
On 13 January, Peru’s President Pedro Castillo met with his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque...
* The Instituto Boliviano de Comercio Exterior (IBCE), a Bolivian private sector lobby, has announced that exports totalled US$9.9bn between January and November 2021, marking a 62% increase on the same period in 2020...
Brazil
On 13 January, the president of a union representing workers from Brazil’s Receita Federal tax authority (Sindifisco), Isac Falcão, met Economy Minister Paulo Guedes for a meeting which the union president described as “frustrating”. ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on the services sector, which show that the volume of services grew 2.4% in November 2021 compared with the previous month...
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country’s foreign debt (public and private combined) totalled US$11.32bn as of the end of November 2021...
Mexico
On 13 January, Mexico’s federal government presented the national electoral institute (INE) with an austerity plan, which it said would save the body M$2.97bn (US$146m) and guarantee the organisation of the presidential recall vote...
* Mexico will be joined by Canada as complaining parties against the US interpretation of the automotive rules of origin under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade, Canada’s minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, Mary Ng, has confirmed...
Southern Cone
On 13 January Chile’s President-elect Gabriel Boric endeavoured to allay business and investor fears about his incoming left-wing Apruebo Dignidad government during the closing ceremony of the country’s most important annual business forum and meeting, Enade...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has published the latest consumer price index (IPC), showing that monthly inflation reached 3.8% in December, driving up the annual rate to 50.9%...

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