LatinNews Daily - 08 March 2023

Main Briefing
On 7 March the head of the joint command of Peru’s armed forces, Manuel Gómez de la Torre, blamed anti-government protesters for the deaths of six soldiers.... Read More
* Long queues have formed outside Bolivia’s central bank (BCB) after the BCB announced on 3 March that it would begin the “direct sale” of US dollars to citizens in an attempt to calm intensifying concerns over dollar shortages.... Read More
On 7 March Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, a son of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023), posted a since-deleted tweet saying his father would return to Brazil on 15 March, as allegations that the former president improperly handled a jewellery gift from the Saudi Arabian government continue to cast doubt over his plans.... Read More
* Brazil’s agriculture ministry has hailed Mexico’s decision to allow imports of Brazilian beef, which was announced on 6 March by Mexico’s national service for agrifood health, safety, and quality (Senasica).... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 March Honduras’s President Xiomara Castro said she was demanding “action and results over the next 72 hours” from the security ministry.... Read More
*Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show that monthly inflation in February was -0.85%, bringing the annual rate to 5.58% - the lowest annual inflation rate since February 2022.... Read More
On 7 March, the governments of Mexico City (CDMX) and Estado de México (Edomex) presented a plan to combat drought in the Valle de México metropolitan area.... Read More
*Walmex, the Mexican branch of the US supermarket giant, Walmart, has announced that it plans to invest around M$27.1bn (US$1.49bn) in Mexico and Central America in 2023, representing an increase of 27% on 2022.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 7 March, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández reinforced the presence of federal security forces in the city of Rosario, Sante Fe province, following recent violent incidents.... Read More
*Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released new figures which show that Chile’s exports in February totalled US$8.3bn while imports totalled US$6.3bn, leaving a trade surplus of US$2.0bn.... Read More

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