Latin America

Latin America
Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:22 UTC

FARC leader doubts the peace accord can be signed this year

“It should be noted also that the subject of the surrender of arms and a bilateral ceasefire will not be simple”, said Timochenko

Colombia is unlikely to sign a peace accord with Marxist rebels this year as the remaining items on the negotiating agenda are complex and time consuming, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño said.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Mexico signs energy reform bills: now to wait for interested private companies

“This represents a historic change that will accelerate the economic growth and development of Mexico in the coming years,” said Peña Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed on Monday a package of landmark energy reform bills, ending the 76-year-old state monopoly on oil drilling and reopening the sector to foreign companies.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 22:30 UTC

Quito, leading destination of South America, at World Travel Awards

“We are the leading destination in South America, an honor that opens the door for tourists to come and enjoy its marvels,” said Quito Mayor Mauricio Rodas

Ecuador's capital, Quito, was named “South America's Leading Destination” for the second year in a row at the 21st regional World Travel Awards gala, considered the Oscars of the tourism industry.

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 05:58 UTC

OAS observation mission will be present during Bolivia's October elections

Insulza and Bolivian representative Pary (L) during the signing ceremony at OAS headquarters in Washington

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Bolivia signed on Friday the agreement on privileges and immunities for the Electoral Observation Mission, (EOM) to be deployed to the general elections to be held in Bolivia on 12 October.

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 07:59 UTC

Brazil insists in trade agreements and closer ties with Pacific Alliance, despite Mercosur

“Brazil's trade strategy targets productive integration with Latin America and multilateral agreements with EU US and China” says minister Borges

Brazil confirmed that it will try to bring forward to 2016 the free trade agreement with Chile, Peru and Colombia, scheduled for 2019 and underlined the need for Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance to converge as part of the region's productive integration process.

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 07:18 UTC

Santos pledges peace on inauguration ceremony but also warns FARC

“Acts of peace, that's what the Colombian people ask for today,” Santos said after receiving the sash of office

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in to a second term on Thursday promising to bring peace and equality to the nation, but warned Narco-Marxist rebels that talks to end five decades of war could rupture if hostilities against civilians continue. “Members of the FARC: you have been warned!” he said.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 08:10 UTC

Rousseff claims EU has yet to agree on a proposal to exchange with Mercosur

“Stop blaming us because we are ready, we have our proposal ready”, Rousseff told the lobby of Brazilian farmers

President Dilma Rousseff claimed before the Brazil's farmers lobby that the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union is stalled and is not fulfilled because of the 'resistance' from several European countries, and specifically named France, Hungary and Ireland.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 07:41 UTC

Putin retaliates US/EU sanctions: plans to redirect food purchases from Latam

Russians are by far the biggest buyers of EU fruit and vegetables, having bought 21.5% of EU vegetable exports and 28% of the bloc's fruit exports in 2011

Russia will ban all imports of US food products as well as fruit and vegetables from the European Union after President Vladimir Putin ordered retaliation for Western sanctions against Moscow, a state news agency reported today.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 07:34 UTC

Carnival Cruise Lines to build a 70m tourism port at La Tortue, in Haiti

“It is worth it to know that the money that you are spending while having fun is helping someone to get out of poverty”, said PM Lamothe

Haiti announced it has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the US-based Carnival Cruise Lines to build a tourism port on the island of Latortue, north of the island. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said the 70 million dollars project will help improve the lives of the estimated 36,000 people residing in the area.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 06:32 UTC

Mercosur trade deal is a priority for the EU under Italian presidency

Ms Mogherini said it was essential for Europe to have closer trade and political links with other regions of the world.

Foreign minister Federica Mogherini pledged that under the current Italian presidency of the European Union, top priority will be given to signing the pending trade agreements, among which that with Mercosur still under discussion.

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