LatinNews Daily - 11 May 2023

Main Briefing
On 10 May Costa Rica’s President Rodrigo Chaves removed his security minister Jorge Torres, replacing him with Mario Zamora, a former security minister under former president Laura Chinchilla (Partido Liberación Nacional, 2010-2014).... Read More
On 10 May, Ecuador’s government signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China.... Read More
* Bolivia’s President Luis Arce has floated the possibility of using yuan for Bolivia’s trade with China in response to severe shortages of US dollars in Bolivia.... Read More
On 10 May, Celso Amorim, Brazil’s former foreign minister (2003-2010) and currently a chief advisor of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials in Kyiv.... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on industrial production, which showed an increase of 1.1% in March, in contrast to the drop of 0.2% registered in February.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* Guatemala’s central bank (Banguat) has released new figures which show monthly inflation in April was 0.17%, bringing the year-on-year rate to 8.32%.... Read More
On 10 May, a judge ordered Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (FGR) to investigate deputy health minister, Hugo López-Gatell, over his management of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures showing that Mexico received 3.57m international tourists in March 2023, a 7.9% increase on the 3.31m who visited the country in March 2022.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 10 May the left-wing government led by President Gabriel Boric scored two smaller but significant victories in congress, with agreements on an increased minimum wage and a mining royalty tax, following a crushing defeat in the 7 May elections for a new constitutional council.... Read More
* Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa has announced an increase in pensions, starting from June.... Read More

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