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In this new episode, we had the pleasure of talking with Julián Ruiz, intellectual property lawyer at Baker McKenzie Colombia and president of the Colombian Copyright Center. We heard many personal anecdotes about his process of acceptance as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, his work experience and the importance of the different business initiatives in favor of the LGBTIQ+ community.

In this report, we take a closer look at Latin America’s I&D landscape through the eyes of our local experts. While legal frameworks aimed at addressing inequality in the workplace have been slow to evolve, organizations in LATAM are getting ahead of lawmakers, implementing more evolved I&D strategies as they seek to respond to stakeholder and shareholder demand and to attract the next generation of workers

On 16 May 2022, the Biden administration announced the relaxing of certain limited Cuban sanctions and other regulatory changes to expand communication, travel, and commerce between the United States and Cuba. Following this, on 9 June 2022, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement some of the elements of the President’s foreign policy to increase support for the Cuban people.

On 9 June 2022, Joint General Resolution No. 5205/2022 of the Federal Tax Authority and the National Mining Secretariat was published in the Official Gazette. Such resolution repeals Joint General Resolution 4428/2019 and sets the new regulatory framework applicable to subjects that have borne, in a fiscal year and in national jurisdiction, a total tax and/or tariff burden higher than what would have corresponded for being beneficiaries of the tax stability provided in Article 8 of the Mining Investment Law, and wish to request the refund or crediting of the amounts paid in excess according to the provisions of paragraph c) of Article 4° of Annex I of Decree No. 1,089 of 7 May 2003.

Provisional Measure 1,116 was published on 5 May 2022. The measure implemented the ‘Programa Emprega + Mulheres e Jovens,’ a program to include and maintain women and young people in the labor market. Also published was Decree 11,061, which provides for the right to professionalization of underage and young people through professional learning programs.

The National Executive issued Decree No. 4,683 on 1 May 2022 (“Decree”), which establishes exemptions from the payment of value-added tax, customs duties and customs service tariff for imports of various goods and merchandise in certain economic sectors.
The Decree entered into force on 1 May 2022 and will apply the exemption benefits until 31 December 2022.

By means of Provincial Law 15,339, published in the Official Gazette of the Province of Buenos Aires on 7 June 2022, the province of Buenos Aires adhered to the Knowledge Economy Promotional Regime. By adhering to the Regime, through granting tax benefits, the province of Buenos Aires seeks to promote the development of those activities that apply the use of knowledge and the digitalization of information to obtain goods, provide services and/or improve processes.

Continuing in “Breaking down prejudices” series, is a discussion with Juan David Castaño, a practicing attorney and associate in Baker McKenzie’s Bogotá office. As a passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion issues and a member of the LGBTI+ community, he talked to us about his experience, the approach that employers are giving to their companies on diversity and inclusion issues, and the harassment that members of this community often suffer.