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Montevideo, April 25th 2017 - 10:35 UTC

Mercosur and Canada hold talks for a possible trade agreement

Friday, April 14th 2017 - 18:45 UTC
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“Both Mercosur members and Canada reaffirmed their interest in reactivating the dormant process”, said Argentine foreign ministry official Daniel Raimondi “Both Mercosur members and Canada reaffirmed their interest in reactivating the dormant process”, said Argentine foreign ministry official Daniel Raimondi

Mercosur and Canada re-launched discussions for a “possible trade agreement” this week, following a meeting of technical delegations in Argentina, which currently holds the chair of the South American group, and hosted the round of talks.

 “The meeting was very productive since we were able to update our respective positions and organize a road map to advance with the purpose of reaching a trade understanding. Both Mercosur members and Canada reaffirmed their interest in reactivating the dormant process”, said Daniel Raimondi, the Argentine Deputy Secretary for American Economic Integration and Mercosur.

According to the official release both sides exchanged information on economic and trade negotiations experience, mainly in the area of goods and services, non tariff barriers, animal and plants sanitary regulations, investments, government procurement, labor issues and environment.

Another issue agreed was to update, in the shortest time possible, the exploratory dialogue from 2012, so as to include changes registered since then, explained Raimondi.

In a new round of talks, scheduled for the coming months, the two sides will work jointly on the framework for the negotiations of a trade accord.

Finally the meeting took place given Argentina's commitment, as chair of Mercosur, to boost regional dialogue with Canada, as it was agreed with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau when he visited Argentina last November.

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  • Troy Tempest

    Well, well, well... this will be a bit of a conflict for Snr. Massot of Alberta, immigrant from Argentina.

    Will Señor Massot wish the Argentines well, and a prosperous future under this joint initiative of Trudeau and Macri?
    An initiative that died under CFK.

    Or will he denounce the cheap Argentine labour and the opportunities afforded the Argentine people?

    Will he tell us that this is merely a malicious plan by his Canadian neighbours of 40 years to flood Argentina with superior and cheaper goods, a plan by Macri to 'punish the poor'?

    Golly, that doesn't sound like the sort of thing the socially conscious Trudeau would be involved in!

    Perhaps Enrique will tell us there should be no trade, as the unscrupulous farmers of Argentina will dump contaminated meats and plant products that threaten the Canadian domestic market and producers?

    Can't wait to see what Enrique's ideological slant is on this one, eh!

    Apr 16th, 2017 - 01:51 am +1
  • Gismo

    Both Canada and the Falkland Islands are members of the Commonwealth and mutually supportive. Surely, Mercorsur doesn't think it can make a profitable trade deal with Canada and impose economic sanctions against the Falklands? Raimondi must be out of his mind - somebody needs to explain 'realpolitic' to this person and perhaps to the whole of the Argentinian government.

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 03:04 pm 0
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