Stories for May 20th 2010
Argentine Small Farmers Association (FAA) leader Eduardo Buzzi charged against the government over China's decision of suspending all Argentine soybean oil imports which is considered by many as retaliation to some restrictions that the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration imposed on Chinese products.
Old wounds were reopened between Chile and Argentina this week: a long-time border dispute in the nations’ southern Patagonia regions.
The United Kingdom presented Wednesday a note verbale firmly rejecting the Argentine government’s recent decisions which imposes the request of official authorization for shipping to and from Argentina, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica will meet with Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner next June 2nd at the Uruguayan presidential farm in Anchorena, a 15 minutes helicopter ride from Buenos Aires, announced Wednesday Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro.
Newly appointed British Foreign Secretary William Hague has declared that the Conservative Government’s position on the Gibraltar issue “is well known and has not changed.”
The European Union on Wednesday signed trade agreements with Central America, Peru and Colombia, while some Latin American leaders criticized such deals as only favouring rich countries.
The Federal Reserve has a more optimistic outlook for the US economy, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday, but the central bank is still debating how to shrink its massive balance sheet.
Argentina is reassessing measures for the conservation of common hake resources and could extend the so called “biological shutdowns” which force the fleet to remain in port for a determined period of time, according to Norberto Yauhar, head of the Argentine fisheries and aquaculture Sub-secretariat.
Consumer inflation in the United States unexpectedly dropped in April for the first time in more than a year. The 0.1 percent fall in the consumer price index was the first decrease since March 2009, figures from the Labor Department showed Wednesday.
Spanish fishing companies, mostly from Galicia, operating in Argentina Patagonia are seriously considering leaving the country because of standing labour unrest, lack of national and provincial fisheries policies, the end to export reimbursements and above all a dramatic drop in common hake and squid catches.