THREE THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LATIN AMERICA IN SEPTEMBER 2020

With our eyes on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in our own national landscapes, it is easy to overlook what is happening elsewhere in the world. Here are three things you might have missed in LATAM in September 2020.


1. VENEZUELAN LEADER INCITES UN MEMBERS TO RESIST SANCTIONS

The United States approved new measures in August. These included the ability to sanction non-US nationals doing business with the Venezuelan government. Controversial Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro has called on United Nations members to demand the end of US sanctions, and deemed them to be "coercive methods". Will the threat of sanctions deter nationals of foreign states from continuing their valuable support to Venezuela? To what extent will these new measures bring closer the end of the Maduro regime?


2. MEXICAN PRESIDENT REQUESTS REFERENDUM FOR INVESTIGATION OF FIVE PREDECESSORS

The five former Mexican leaders sat from 1988 to 2018, and have been subject of numerous allegations of corruption and collusion with organised crime. The request from Andrés López Obrador to the Mexican Senate is backed by a popular petition that reportedly has over 2.5 million signatures. Is López Obrador fulfilling his promise to end corruption, or distracting from economic and healthcare issues? How many national and international businesses would be implicated in the investigations?


3. COSTA RICAN CHOSEN FOR FIRST LATIN AMERICAN SPACE MISSION

The Latin American space agency, LATCOSMOS (established in 2017), aims to show the capability and unity of Latin American nations. The crew also comprises an Ecuadorian, a Mexican and a Mexican-American; they will conduct scientific experiments during the mission. But will these ambitions be dashed by economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?



For more of the latest intelligence from local consultants in Latin America visit tapisintelligence.com

www.tapisintelligence.com

Tapis Intelligence is a global network of local experts able to provide on-demand insights in 120+ countries. No subscriptions, no middle men, just clear affordable prices. Simply click and request intelligence today.

The Ramp, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 ST

Copyright Tapis Intelligence 2018

+44 (0)20 8242 6192 I info@tapisintelligence.com