After years of talks, Santander's InnoVentures has made an investment in Brazilian fintech Creditas.
Hopeful on Nafta, the Mexican president met US VP Mike Pence at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, as well as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and the leaders of the Pacific Alliance to discuss the formal entry of 'associate' nations at the July meeting.
Despite going to jail for corruption this month, Lula is still the frontrunner for the October election, while Jair Bolsonaro holds a small lead over Marina Silva.
The latest growth indicator reinforces views of a tepid economic performance in the first quarter.
The monetary authority is worried about growing market concentration, according to local daily Valor.
Funds will serve to finance roads and electrification in the region.