LatinNews Daily - 04 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 3 January Colombia’s Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group denied President Gustavo Petro’s claim that it had agreed to a ceasefire.... Read More
* Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has announced that negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with China “have concluded successfully” after ten months of talks.... Read More
On 3 January share prices fell and the Brazilian real depreciated against the US dollar for the second day running.... Read More
* Brazil’s Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural, e Biocombustíveis (ANP), the federal oil and gas regulator, has announced that oil and natural gas production fell to 3.98m barrels per day (bpd) in November, down from 4.18m bpd in October and 4.05m bpd in September.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 3 January various NGOs in Panama, including Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana (FDLC), the local branch of anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International (TI), announced plans to file legal challenges against a new law (351) approved on 22 December modifying the organic law of the comptroller general’s office (CGR).... Read More
*The Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD) has announced that net international reserves totalled US$14.4bn at the end of 2022, the highest level in the country’s history.... Read More
On 3 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hailed the independence of the country’s supreme court (SCJN) following the election of its new president.... Read More
*Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has announced the Mexican government has issued bonds worth US$1.25bn and US$2.75bn which will mature in five years and twelve years respectively.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 3 January Chile’s right-wing Unión Democrática Independiente (UDI), part of the opposition Chile Vamos coalition, condemned what it called “political pardons” and said it would submit a constitutional reform proposal to entirely eliminate the president’s pardon-issuing powers.... Read More
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released new figures showing that the monthly index of economic activity (Imacec), which serves as a proxy for GDP, dropped by 2.5% in November 2022 compared to the same month of 2021.... Read More

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