Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 12

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Monday November 1st, 2021
(Casto Ocando, Editor)

 

Peru

Perú and Bolivia sign ten agreements after binational Cabinet

Bolivia and Peru have signed ten agreements as a result of their VI Binational Cabinet, which was held this Saturday at the Casa Grande del Pueblo, in La Paz. Both the Bolivian president, Luis Arce Catacora, and his Peruvian counterpart, Pedro Castillo Terrones,ssued the so called Declaration of La Paz, which included joint plans to promote energy integration through the interconnection of gas pipelines, the promotion of the commercialization of urea for agricultural use and the exchange of experiences and institutional strengthening between both Andean countries, among others.
(Market Research Telecast: https://marketresearchtelecast.com/conservation-of-titicaca-and-energy-integration-bolivia-and-peru-sign-ten-agreements-in-their-vi-binational-cabinet/191097/)

Peru’s Castillo follow the Bolivian route led by Evo Morales

Experts warn that industrialization of the coca leaf is only beginning and that Castillo’s close relationship with the former president of Bolivia, including secret visits of Evo Morales to Peruvian territory, will soon affect Peru, reports Peru21. Peruvian Congressmen said Castillo is duplicating the Bolivian General Coca Law, and demand Primer Minister Vasquez to clarify the government’s stand on the fight against drug trafficking.
(Peru21, in Spanish: https://peru21.pe/politica/pedro-castillo-gobierno-sigue-ruta-boliviana-de-la-mano-de-evo-morales-noticia/)

Russia’s helicopter maintenance center in Peru may turn into regional one, official says

The center for maintenance of Russia’s Mi helicopters that is being created in Peru may turn into a regional service facility for Russian-made helicopters, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk told TASS on the sidelines of the SITDEF 2021 international arms exhibition.
“The construction of a center for the maintenance and repair of helicopters continues in Peru’s La Joya. We believe that once the center is launched and reaches its designed capacity, it will greatly facilitate Peru’s efforts to maintain its helicopter fleet. Besides, in the future, the center may achieve the status of a regional facility, given the number of Russian-made helicopters that are in use in the Latin American region,” Punchuk emphasized.
(Tass: https://tass.com/defense/1355917)

A new political party is created to support Peru’s Castillo

A new political party is being created to support President Pedro Castillo. It is Peruanos Como Tú (PCT), an organization that shares the initials of the head of state. The new political party has a presence in Huancavelica, Huánuco, Madre de Dios, Callao and the district of Puente Piedra in Lima. As can be seen on their Facebook page, they are collecting signatures for the registration of the political organization.
(Caretas: https://caretas.pe/politica/peruanos-como-tu-nace-nuevo-partido-en-apoyo-a-pedro-castillo/)

Poll: 65% of Peruvians support Castillo’s Cabinet but President’s popularity is falling in rural areas

65% of Peruvians believe that Congress should give a vote of confidence to the ministerial team led by Prime Minister Mirtha Vásquez. 35% approve of Castillo and 48% disapprove. In the country’s south, Castillo’s popularity fell from 58% to 42% and in rural areas dropped from 55% to 41%, according to the latest poll from the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP in Spanish).
(La Republica, in Spanish: https://larepublica.pe/politica/2021/10/31/encuesta-iep-mas-apoyo-a-gabinete-de-mirtha-vasquez-pero-pedro-castillo-baja-en-el-sur-y-zonas-rurales-voto-de-confianza/)

Argentina

Argentina hardens stance against IMF as debt renegotiations bog down

Time running short before $2.8 billion payment comes due next March. Martin Guzman had been regarded as one of the most moderate ministers but with support for the government ebbing ahead of mid-term elections this November, he has hardened his rhetoric.
(Finantial Times, subscription: https://www.ft.com/content/814e0898-30d5-4b4f-b468-dddfd447af7c)

Argentina and China agree to deepen strategic partnership

The Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and his Chinese counterpart, State Councilor, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed to deepen “the comprehensive strategic partnership” between the two countries in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome.
According to a statement from the Argentine Foreign Ministry, both ministers highlighted the “excellent state of bilateral ties” and ratified their interest “in continuing to deepen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” between the two countries “by expanding it to new areas of cooperation”.
(The Rio Times: https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/argentina/foreign-ministers-of-argentina-and-china-agree-to-deepen-strategic-partnership/)

Nicolás Maduro: “Relations with Argentina are not bad, but could be better”

Maduro said that Venezuela and Argentina should develop more trust and reactivate ties and cooperation in areas like “shipbuilding” and “health”.
“Later, when the conditions are right, we must resume the construction of the big house, Unasur, because that is the heritage of the liberators. I believe that as soon as the conditions are right, that step must be taken, it is geopolitically pending”, remarked the Venezuelan dictator in a radio interview this Sunday.
(tn.com, in Spanish: https://tn.com.ar/internacional/2021/10/31/nicolas-maduro-las-relaciones-con-argentina-no-estan-mal-pero-podrian-estar-mejor/)

A new case of corruption involving Cristina Kirchner is revealed

Federal investigators discovered more than 45 calls between the presidential office in Casa Rosada and Ernesto Clarens, the repentant financier of the “Notebooks of Corruption” case. Clarens is the owner of Invernes, who declared in court that Cristina Kirchner “was aware” of bribery payments related to this scheme.
(La Nacion, in Spanish: https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/descubren-mas-de-45-llamadas-entre-telefonos-de-casa-rosada-y-clarens-el-financista-arrepentido-del-nid31102021/)

Ecuador

Accused Money Launderer Alex Saab’s hearing before a US judge raises expectations in Ecuador

For Latin America, Saab’s case may affect not only Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, but other allies in the region such as Rafael Correa,” said congressman Fernando Villavicencio. The National Assembly’s Audit Commission will begin discussion of Saab’s conections in Ecuador next Thursday.
(Expreso, in Spanish: https://www.expreso.ec/actualidad/audiencia-alex-saab-juez-ee-uu-genera-expectativa-ecuador-114768.html)

Manabí: Navy special forces dismantle the largest drug trafficking organization in Ecuador

About 250 members of the Naval Force led a special operation against drug traffickers that posed as fishermen, when in reality they transported fuel to supply speedboats that left Manabi with cocaine to be delivered to Mexican cartels. The military force arrested 16 ecuadorians wanted in the US.
(Ecuavisa, in Spanish: https://www.ecuavisa.com/noticias/manabi-desarticulan-a-la-mas-grande-organizacion-narco-criminal-CY1010224)

Bolivia

Indefinite national strike against Bolivia’s socialist government announced for next November 8th

The citizen platforms of La Paz will join the indefinite national strike called by the country’s trade unionists for November 8, which demand the repeal of Law 1386 on the National Strategy to Fight Against the Legitimization of Illicit Profits and the Financing of Terrorism.
This sector considers that the norm violates their rights and contains a “work plan” that projects adjustments in the Penal Code and other regulations to “strengthen” the actions of the Financial Investigations Unit (UIF).
(El Deber, in Spanish: https://eldeber.com.bo/economia/paro-convocado-por-gremialistas-suma-apoyo-con-plataformas-ciudadanas-que-se-suman-a-la-medida_253186)