LatinNews Daily - 02 August 2022

Main Briefing
On 1 August, the transition team of Colombia’s president-elect, Gustavo Petro, presented a report detailing its assessment of the state of the country at the end of President Iván Duque’s term and the early priorities of Petro’s incoming government, which takes power on 7 August.... Read More
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has released the consumer price index (IPC) for July, which put monthly inflation at 1.0% and annual inflation at 9.28%.... Read More
On 1 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro mocked business leaders who signed a pro-democracy manifesto, as he plans to move a military parade to Rio de Janeiro to boost protests against the supreme court.... Read More
* Brazil’s economy ministry has announced that the country’s trade surplus in July stood at US$5.44bn, representing a 22.7% year-on-year decline.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 1 August Panama’s government led by President Laurentino Cortizo announced a deal with teachers.... Read More
*Empresa Eléctrica La Habana, a state utilities firm which provides electricity services in Cuba’s Havana province, has announced that the capital will face a series of electricity blackouts, in what is the latest sign of the worsening energy crisis affecting the island.... Read More
On 1 August, Mexico’s federal public security agency (SESNSP) released a preliminary report on monthly homicides, showing that July was the second most deadly month so far this year.... Read More
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has released new figures which show remittances to Mexico totalled US$27.57bn in the first half of 2022, a 16.6% increase on the US$23.65bn received in the same period of 2021.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 1 August, a prosecutor in Buenos Aires said that Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernández and her late husband Néstor Kirchner oversaw an “extraordinary corruption matrix” during their time holding the presidency of Argentina (2007-2015 and 2003-2007, respectively). ... Read More
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released new figures showing that the index of economic activity (Imacec), which serves as a proxy for GDP, grew by 3.7% year-on-year in June.... Read More

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