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Tierra del Fuego project in Falklands programmed for failure

Friday, October 27th 2017 - 08:51 UTC
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The “explorers” did hold an informal meeting with the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Clausen The “explorers” did hold an informal meeting with the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Clausen
 However Tim Miller, a major importer of fruit and vegetables from Chile said that he was unaware of the visit, but described its aims as “Fantasy Land” However Tim Miller, a major importer of fruit and vegetables from Chile said that he was unaware of the visit, but described its aims as “Fantasy Land”

A project investigating the potential for trade between the Falklands and Argentina appears to have involved a dearth of research.

 Two project researchers from the Tierra de Fuego National University in Argentina spent the second week of this month in the Falklands, collecting information on the potential for an exchange of goods and services to the Islands according to an article published by MercoPress.

The report said the brief of the university’s researchers included contact with “relevant business people” but, to date, enquiries made by Penguin News suggest this was less than comprehensive.

While they had an informal meeting with the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Clausen, they did not approach either the Development Corporation or the Seafish Chandlery.

Tim Miller, who is a major importer of fruit and vegetables from Chile said that he was also unaware of the visit, but described its aims as “Fantasy Land” asking how Argentine customs could clear any export paperwork, including an international Phytosanitary Certificate, to a country they refuse to accept exists.

The Falkland Islands are regarded by the Argentine Government as part of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Apart from the difficulties imposed by Argentina on maritime services to the Islands, the direct importation of goods from Argentina would require acceptance of the legitimacy of the Falklands Government and compliance with its customs regulations.

The visit was part of a project started at the end of 2015 with funds from the University Policies Secretariat. The “exploratory” team that travelled to the Falklands was said to include accountants, Maria Gessage and Ricardo Farías. (Penguin News).

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  • Livepeanuts

    I was wondering if these people, surely on expenses and well paid going around “investigating” when they know perfectly well of the “Rivero” Law, to actually boycott Falkland products and blockade its trade, what do they expect to find?
    They also know of Argentine efforts to keep the Falklands outside Mercosur.
    Is it a case a a good job if you can get it? .. What happened to the Falkland's stand in Montevideo exposition a few months ago!
    Should Argentines not start looking at a mirror before they try to go outside, what is the point of this?

    Oct 27th, 2017 - 09:54 am +6
  • Stoker

    No way this flies. It is not possible to have a normal economic relationship with a country which is in denial of political reality. Who would want to deal with an Argie business anyway? If history teaches us anything it is that any Contract with an Argie is not worth the paper it is written on. Falklanders should just continue to deal with businesses based in Chile, Uruguay and other sensible countries and leave the Argies to go fuck themselves.

    Oct 27th, 2017 - 11:21 am +5
  • Roger Lorton

    Expenses paid jolly?

    Oct 27th, 2017 - 11:54 am +3
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