LatinNews Daily - 18 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 17 January Guatemala’s conservative government led by President Alejandro Giammattei recalled the country's ambassador to Colombia for consultations.... Read More
On 17 January, Ecuador’s government fired the CEOs of 13 state companies as part of President Guillermo Lasso’s response to a mounting corruption scandal.... Read More
* The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has released its latest monthly oil market report, in which Venezuela claimed to have produced 669,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in December, down from 693,000 bpd in November.... Read More
On 17 January, Brazil’s government led by leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT), took the country out of the so-called ‘Geneva Consensus’ alliance, a conservative global group known for its anti-abortion and anti-gay rights positions.... Read More
* Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, has announced that it exceeded its production target for oil and natural gas in 2022.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
*The latest figures from Nicaragua’s national institute of development information (Inide) show that the monthly inflation rate in December was 1.61%, bringing the annual rate to 11.59%.... Read More
On 17 January, Mexico’s federal public security minister Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that homicides decreased by 7.1% in 2022 compared to the previous year.... Read More
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has announced that the country’s economy grew by about 3% in 2022.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 17 January, Uruguay’s interior minister, Luis Alberto Heber, revealed that homicides totalled 383 in 2022, up 25.2% on 2021.... Read More
* Uruguay’s ministry of livestock, agriculture, and fisheries (MGAP) has extended an agricultural emergency for 90 days across the whole country due to prolonged drought.... Read More

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