LatinNews Daily - 13 March 2023

On 10 March the second round of dialogue between the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group concluded in Mexico with the announcement that the ELN has been granted political status as an “armed rebel organisation”.... Read More
* Bolivia’s central bank (BCB) has revealed that it directly sold over US$24m to citizens from 6-12 March, as it works to assuage ongoing fears of a shortage in US dollars.... Read More
On 12 March, the local press in Brazil reported that 1,600 weapons had been handed in voluntarily since President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office on 1 January.... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest consumer price index, which shows monthly inflation of 0.84% in February, up from 0.53% in January.... Read More
On 12 March Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega suspended diplomatic relations with the Vatican after Pope Francis described his authoritarian government as “something from outside of what we are living, as if it were a communist dictatorship in 1917 or a Hitlerian one in 1935”. Analysis:... Read More
* The Guatemalan exporters’ association (Agexport), a private sector lobby group, has presented five proposals to boost job creation, to present to candidates ahead of the 25 June general elections.... Read More
On 12 March marches took place across Mexico in support of the armed forces, following the arrest of soldiers in relation to the killing of five young men in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state on 26 February.... Read More
* Mexico’s agriculture ministry (Sader) has announced an agreement to boost agri-food trade with China.... Read More
On 10 March, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric replaced five cabinet ministers and 15 undersecretaries in his government. ... Read More
* Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez and Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and stressed the importance of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) regional trade bloc, which also includes Brazil and Uruguay.... Read More
Brazil: On 2 March, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira met in New Delhi, India, on the margins of a G20 ministerial gathering.... Read More

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