75 trade unions from different economic sectors called for a state of emergency in part of the regions of Biobío and La Araucanía, amid the series of violent incidents that have occurred in the area in recent months. The associations warn that there is an absence of the rule of law in the southern macro-zone that is preventing thousands of families from being able to work and live in peace.
The Industrial Production Index (IPI) fell by 2.4% year-on-year in January 2021, due to the negative impact of the three sectors that comprise it, reported the National Statistics Institute (INE). The Manufacturing Production Index (IPMan) was the most influential in the result, registering a 4.4% drop compared to the same month of the previous year. The Index of Electricity, Gas and Water Production (IPEGA) fell 1.6%, while the Mining Production Index (IPMin) showed a year-on-year decline of 0.4%.
The unemployment rate reached 10.2% in the November-January quarter, reported the National Statistics Institute (INE). While the figure represented a slight decline from the 10.3% recorded in the last quarter of 2020, it was 2.8 percentage points higher than that recorded in the November 2019-January 2020 period.
In January 2021, the Trade Activity Index (TSI) increased by 4.3% year-on-year. The result is explained by the increase observed in two of the three divisions that make up this index. Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorbikes (division 47) recorded an increase of 10.2%. Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorbikes (division 46) grew by 4.4% in twelve months.
Chile and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on green hydrogen that will see both countries collaborate on projects and initiatives to advance the deployment of hydrogen as an alternative energy source. Other opportunities include exchange of information and policies on the management and development of hydrogen-related technology and resources; establishment of supply chains for hydrogen and its derivatives; and strengthening of networks and partnerships on hydrogen.