LatinNews Daily - 15 August 2022

In brief: Industrial production rises in Colombia

* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has released the latest figures on industrial production, which increased 8.8% in June compared with the same month in 2021. The increase was driven predominantly by a 12.3% rise in industrial manufacturing, followed by a 4.4% increase in the provision of electricity and gas, a 5.4% increase in mining and quarrying, and a 0.5% increase in the capture, treatment and distribution of water. On 12 August, Colombia’s new President Gustavo Petro emphasised the need to boost industry, criticising the fact that there is no official department or ministry for industry in government, and promising “to build an industrial policy, because it is production that generates wealth.”

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