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Mercosur was not created to become a fortress of 'hyper-protectionism'

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 09:05 UTC
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Sanguinetti said that Mercosur can't be locked by tariffs for Brazilian manufacturing or Argentina's ports' hegemonic policies Sanguinetti said that Mercosur can't be locked by tariffs for Brazilian manufacturing or Argentina's ports' hegemonic policies

Former Uruguayan president Julio Maria Sanguinetti and founder of the Montevideo Circle Foundation said Mercosur was not created to become a fortress of hyper protectionism but rather to promote competition and integration with flexibility. Sanguinetti participated in a round of conferences of the Montevideo Circle Foundation in Paraguay.

“Mercosur was not created to change the limits of the world at national or regional level and lock itself in; it was founded in 1991 as a platform to launch us to the world, to try and grow, to increase exports, particularly Paraguay and Uruguay which are small countries with small economies, and they need to be open to develop” said Sanguinetti.

He emphasized that “Mercosur needs to grow outwards, we have all going for us to achieve this: we can't change of neighborhood because that belongs to geography, but that is not reason enough to dismiss a common political horizon or for that matter to build a fortress of hyper protectionism”.

The former Uruguayan leader said that Mercosur must continue to build with patience in search of integration but with more flexibility.

“We need to look for agreements with third countries, look for competition, growth and development on strong foundations; we can't lock ourselves in tariffs that must be adapted to Brazilian manufacturing or to Argentina's ports' policy which means keeping to the same hegemonic influence of colonial times”, underlined Sanguinetti.

The Montevideo Circle was born in 1996 sponsored by then president Sanguinetti and with the participation of intellectuals, academia, politicians, economists from Latin America and Europe with the purpose of discussing proposals to promote democracy, open markets and state reform, as the tools to ensure development and social inclusion
 

Categories: Economy, Politics, Mercosur, Uruguay.

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  • Briton

    these two are the same articles, are they not,
    but-Mercosur has 'yet to crystallize'

    well when this crystal finally shines, it better be worth the money and the time being put into it,
    or some rather red faces may yet emerge,
    just saying like..

    Jul 22nd, 2014 - 07:08 pm 0
  • BOTINHO

    “ to promote competition and integration with flexibility. ”

    Noble words.

    What it has become is anything but.

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 03:19 am 0
  • ilsen

    15 years and still can't do a deal with the EU?
    This useless talking-shop should disband.

    No more to say.

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 05:55 pm 0
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