20 May News Brief Central America/Caribbean

Karla Montaner

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua strengthens commercial exchange: In a bid to exhibit its industrial capacity, Nicaraguan authorities and businesses are preparing for two important commercial events: the international industry and commerce trade fair Exponica 2009, and the first Chinese commercial exhibition to be held in Nicaragua. Exponica 2009 will promote the entrance of Nicaraguan companies to potential markets such as Mexico, Taiwan and Brazil. The other exhibition will not only display the wide range of products made in China, but also promote exports of Nicaraguan seafood, meat, tobacco, rum and handcrafts to Asia.

[EFE, El Nuevo Diario]

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Bill Clinton appointed special envoy to Haiti: The UN has appointed former U.S. President Bill Clinton as special envoy to Haiti with the aim of attracting investment to the country and improving the image of the organisation’s peacekeeping forces which many Haitians consider an occupying force. In March Clinton visited Haiti together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in an effort to draw international attention to the economic problems faced by the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. “It is an honour for me to accept this invitation from the secretary general,” Clinton said.

[Radio Kiskeya, AFP, Reuters]

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Influenza A infections decrease: The Health Department (SSA) has reported that the influenza A (H1N1) virus continues to show a downward trend, with 70 deaths and 3,646 confirmed cases. With the outbreak under control, the SSA said Mexicans should return to their normal economic activities as a means of demonstrating to the world that everyday life has resumed, without forgetting preventative measures or letting their guard down. The department assured that medicines to combat the virus have been distributed to all states in accordance with their needs.

[Milenio, Jornada, El Financiero]

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Mobile telephony grows in Central America: Consulting firm Pyramid Research has predicted more than 20 percent growth for the mobile telephony market in Central America compared to 2008. Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras are seen as the countries with the greatest development in the market, above all in the areas of text messaging and content services such as ring tones, images, games, web surfing, music, video and information. Mobile telephony service operators in the region generated income of US$3.68 billion in 2008.

[EFE, El Financiero]

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