Stories for October 2003
Top marks for President Kirchner; Mending fences with investors.
The failed bid for the privatization of the Sacor abattoir in Porvenir, Chilean Tierra del Fuego has raised uncertainties about the future of the plant and concern among farmers regarding the coming lamb season.
With the arrival of the Chilean cruise Mare Australis and 132 visitors the most southern city of the world Ushuaia in Argentine Tierra del Fuego, officially inaugurated this week the 2003/04 cruise season.
New Bolivian President Carlos Mesa Gisbert is to announce on Sunday his cabinet which is to be composed of non-politicians who he feels are the only ones able to put an end to the crisis which cost the job of his predecessor.
British Ambassador in Chile Richard Wilkinson underlined in Punta Arenas the importance of trade and communications links between the Patagonian Chilean city and Falklands, and confirmed talks for a second weekly flight to the Islands.
Vice-president Carlos Mesa is Bolivia's new president following the resignation letter of president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. Bolivian Congress in a special night session accepted the resignation letter and voted in Mr. Mesa 84 to 26 votes.
Punta Arenas Mayor Jaime Jelincic announced that this coming week the regional government would be requesting the Chilean Public Health Ministry the building of a new regional hospital for Magallanes that should be operational in 2006.
Gibraltar Minister for Tourism Joe Holliday this week unveiled a 13 month programme of heritage, military, cultural, entertainment and sporting events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the British capture of Gibraltar from Spain in 1704.
Argentina and Brazil's presidents Nestor Kirchner and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva committed their countries this Thursday in Buenos Aires to the political consolidation of Mercosur with the purpose of strengthening a joint position before the world and ratified that trade negotiations involving United States must recognize the regional block.
Argentina will propose a round of South-South trade negotiations, an initiative which is a virtual challenge to current discussions in the framework of the World Trade Organization, WTO but condemned to failure by the protectionist policies of United State, European Union and Japan.