LatinNews Daily - 14 September 2023

Main Briefing
On 13 September Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing, where Xi upgraded China’s relationship with Venezuela to an “all-weather strategic partnership”.... Read More
* Peru’s government has agreed a debt-for-nature agreement with the US that will see US$19.57m of debt channelled instead into conservation.... Read More
On 13 September Brazil’s supreme court (STF) held the first trial session to decide whether to convict participants in the 8 January riots, when supporters of the right-wing former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) stormed the seats of government in the capital Brasília.... Read More
* Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras has requested a licence from the federal environmental regulator (Ibama) to authorise wind energy installations in ten offshore locations.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 13 September the US-based press freedom group Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) urged Panama’s Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government led by President Laurentino Cortizo to withdraw a proposed new transparency bill, considering it “will hinder journalists and citizens from accessing public information and will shield cases of corruption in public administration.”... Read More
*Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali has stated he is not disappointed about the number of bids received for the country’s competitive offshore oil and gas licensing round, which includes 14 oil blocks offshore Guyana.... Read More
On 13 September authorities in Mexico captured an alleged high-ranking member of the drug trafficking organisation (DTO) Beltrán Leyva Organisation (BLO) in Atizapán de Zaragoza municipality, Estado de México (Edomex).... Read More
* International credit rating agency Moody’s has released a new report highlighting that while Mexico’s proposed 2024 budget will ease Mexican state oil company Pemex’s liquidity stress, measures “do not address Pemex’s structural liquidity pressures as outlined in our negative outlook” which it lowered in July.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 13 September Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) released figures showing that monthly inflation in August stood at 12.4%, the sharpest monthly rise in over three decades.... Read More
*Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released figures showing that 1.22m international tourists visited the country in July, up 62.7% on the same month in 2022 and up from 947,800 in June.... Read More

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