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The federal government will allow the big foreign banks to finance state governments with cash problems

The federal government will allow the big foreign banks to finance state governments with cash problems, according to a report in Folha de S. Paulo. The Federal Government plans to provide guarantees. So far Citibank, JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas and Banco Santander have shown interest in providing financing, the newspaper reported. “In order to provide matching funds, state governments can continue with plans to privatize state enterprises.”

Source: www.bnamericas.com

An effort to privatise the more lucrative aspects of the government

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has accused the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government “of attempting to privatise some of the functions of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), which could have been undertaken in house with the right technology. ‘This seems to be an effort to privatise the more lucrative aspects of the government. The BLP proposes to hire companies and or individuals to collect the online tax. There is no reason that with the right technology BRA could not undertake these collections. The UPP wishes to understand why this BLP administration is choosing the most sensitive features of the government to consider for privatisation, the statement queried.”

Source: Barbados Today

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Municipal solid waste management services in Latin America

This report is the first of a series of reports which are part of a research project on global waste services which PSI has commissioned to inform its work to improve working conditions in the waste sector. This report served as background research for the first meeting of the PSI Latin America, Central America and Mexican affiliates with membership in municipal waste services that tool place in Bogotá, Colombia on 28-29 July 2017.