Stories for May 2003
Mr. Nicanor Duarte was officially proclaimed this week by the Paraguayan Electoral Tribunal as the country's next president following the results of the April 27 general elections.
Brazilian industry experienced last March its greatest drop in sales in eight years according to the latest release from the National Confederation of Industry, CNI. The report indicates that the fall was equivalent to 11,82% compared to February.
Lan Chile's fares in the spotlight;
Increase in Chilean meat exports;
ARA Irizar ends Antarctic season.
The death of the former Commander of the Argentine Navy, Admiral Carlos Marron, has been marked by praise in the British Press for his initiatives to normalise relations with the Royal Navy following the 1982 Falklands (Malvinas) War.
Wide-ranging research into the vast amount of seaweed found in the Falkland Islands ? a vital natural resource -- is being pressed ahead by an eminent Australian Professor, and her colleagues at one of Australia's leading educational establishments, Monash University.
As a robust anti-Menem tendency seems to consolidate in the Argentine electorate, front runner in the presidential election Nestor Kirchner confessed this weekend to the Buenos Aires press that in his wildest dreams he never expected to become president in 2003.
Consumer prices in Uruguay increased 0,95% during April bringing the first quarter total to 5,52% and 27,68% for the last twelve months, according to the latest release from the Statistics Office.
A busy week ahead for Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle who is travelling to Brasilia to meet with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Latinamerica's largest and most influential country that has begun a strong regional political integration persuasion policy, hoping to muster sufficient support in South America to counterbalance the powerful George Bush administration.
Argentina and Uruguay will attempt to launch the 4+1 agreement talks, between Mercosur and United States, since the Free Trade of the Americas Association, FTAA, and process seems to be stagnant. The initiative should take place during the second half of 2003 when Uruguay will hold the Mercosur pro-tempore chair.
Beijing officials have confirmed that China will be participating in the G 8 summit to be hosted next month by France. French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin invited Chinese President Hu Jintao during a visit to China last month.