LatinNews Daily - 02 March 2023

Main Briefing
On 1 March, Colombian police announced that the suspected second-in-command of the Clan del Golfo drug trafficking organisation (DTO), Wilmer Antonio Giraldo Quiroz (‘Siopas’), had been found dead in the north-western municipality of Dabeiba, Antioquia department.... Read More
* Colombia’s transport regulator, the Superintendencia de Transporte (ST), has opened an investigation into the low-cost Colombian airline Viva Air, which has caused major disruption by unexpectedly grounding its fleet.... Read More
Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras reported record profits on 1 March, as conservative parties in congress served notice of their intention to challenge the government over fuel taxes.... Read More
* Brazil’s ministry of development, industry, and foreign trade has released the latest figures for the country’s trade balance, showing a surplus of US$2.8bn for February 2023, down from US$4.6bn registered in February 2022.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 1 March El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele tweeted that he hoped “Colombia in reality succeeds in lowering its homicide rates as we have done in El Salvador”.... Read More
* Costa Rica’s government led by President Rodrigo Chaves has signed a trade association agreement with its Ecuadorean counterpart led by President Guillermo Lasso.... Read More
On 1 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at his daily news conference that the army’s role in the death of five young men gunned down in Nuevo Laredo city, Tamaulipas state, on the border with the US, should be investigated, with anyone found guilty of wrongdoing punished.... Read More
* In its latest quarterly report (October-December 2022), Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has cut its growth forecast for Mexico to 1.6% in 2023, down from the 1.8% growth that it forecast in its previous report released at the end of November 2022.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 1 March, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández delivered the final state-of-the-nation address of his presidential term, with elections due in October this year. ... Read More
* Argentina’s energy minister, Flavia Royón, has said that a fire affecting a 500 kV high-voltage line connected to the national grid caused major blackouts affecting provinces including Santa Fe, Córdoba, Mendoza, San Juan, and parts of the capital, among others.... Read More

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