Monday, May 6th 2013 - 07:36 UTC

Paraguay supports Mexican candidate for WTO; ignores Brazilian hopeful

Paraguay made public in Geneva its support for Mexico’s candidate Herminio Blanco as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization. The other hopeful who reached the final round is from Brazil, Roberto Azevedo. On Tuesday it should be known who will succeed the current head Pascal Lamy as of next September.

Fernandez Estigarribia said Paraguay wants to become an observer of the Pacific Alliance

Paraguayan Foreign minister Jose Fernandez Estigarribia said he had held a meeting with Mexico’s Blanco, “in which we addressed issues relative to trade relations between the two countries”.

Mexico has been lobbying intensely for its candidate and two top officials visited Paraguay last January and February to formally request the support from the administration of President Federico Franco.

In mid January the head of Mexico’s Foreign ministry Latinamerican and Caribbean desk from Ambassador Ernesto Campos Tenorio visited Asunción and at the end of February “Foreign minister Jose Antonio Meade formally requested the support for Mr Blanco as the next head of WTO”.

Fernandez Estigarribia also said that Paraguay had resumed “negotiations for a free trade accord and the possible incorporation to the Pacific Alliance, as an observer”. The Pacific block is made up of Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico which happen to be the most dynamic economies of the continent and have a trade policy open to the world, contrary to the prevailing opinion in Mercosur (Argentina and Brazil) which apply protectionist and tariffs.

“Paraguay is after new markets given the recurrent obstacles to trade in Mercosur, which is going through its worst moment according to recent statements from the Uruguayan Vice-president Danilo Astori”, pointed out Fernandez Estigarribia.

Finally the Paraguayan official said that the process to name a new WTO head was started in December 2012 with the presentation of nine hopeful names. The process to build a consensus on reaching a decision is advanced by a troika made up of Pakistan, Sweden and Canada, that will finally make the suggestion supposedly with the largest support.

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1 Chicureo (#) May 06th, 2013 - 01:03 pm Report abuse
The wheel turns. Good for Paraguay! I don't imaginge they'll be doing any favors for Argentina either...
2 ChrisR (#) May 06th, 2013 - 03:54 pm Report abuse
The two women who 'run' the two largest countries in the Southern Cone have a lot to learn about the 'worm turning'.

Good move Paraguay getting closer to Mexico.

Pity Uruguay are tied to the apron strings of these two.
3 Baxter (#) May 06th, 2013 - 08:38 pm Report abuse
1 and 2 I like your comments !
4 ynsere (#) May 07th, 2013 - 12:08 am Report abuse
1, 2 and 3 I like your comments !
5 Livin_for_a_better_Uruguay (#) May 07th, 2013 - 12:22 am Report abuse
Oh paraguay, How i envy your smart government.
6 Elena (#) May 07th, 2013 - 12:45 am Report abuse
I liked this, thanks for your support Paraguay :-) and Cartes interview in Chile on the steps Paraguay will take to have a more global trade without losing contact with Mercosur and keeping talks with the Pacific Alliance signals they have a pragmatic goverment ready to build bridges for the country.
7 Troy Tempest (#) May 07th, 2013 - 02:57 am Report abuse
1, 2, 3, 4,5,6
I like your comments
8 Fido Dido (#) May 07th, 2013 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
And again, that corrupt and poor begger nation ( a tittle that was given to Paraguay from Veja magazine) is burning it's bridges again...
9 Elena (#) May 07th, 2013 - 08:36 pm Report abuse
8 Well, to be fair Brazil and Mercosur sort of burned those bridges with Paraguay first XD and given actual economic proyections for Paraguay it worked for them and mercosur. And now they may have a chance to begin their relations again ;-)

A shame to see that :-( , but then again, I liked both their perspectives, I am sure Mr Azevedo can keep the WTO doing it´s work. I would have liked Mr Blanco to win if only to see what reforms would he add to the WTO to make it more flexible and adaptable to actual times.
10 ChrisR (#) May 07th, 2013 - 10:17 pm Report abuse
Does anybody smell crap?

Ah! Number 8 will know.
11 Fido Dido (#) May 08th, 2013 - 03:31 am Report abuse
Does anybody smell crap?

smell crap? omg, the virtual world is driving you nuts. You can't smell here online, but Ahh yes, I know when crap is involved when I read your comments. Get a life troll, something you don't have. Your comments are getting ridiculous day by day.
12 ChrisR (#) May 08th, 2013 - 04:31 pm Report abuse
11 Fido Dildo

You DID know!

Got a BitCoin yet? Paid for the electricty to 'make' one yet?

You are the clown that keeps a smile on our faces.

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