Mercosur

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Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:28 UTC

Mercosur/Pacific Alliance foreign ministers plan to meet in Chile in November

“Mercosur must look outwards and stop looking at its belly button”, said Loizaga on announcing the meeting.

Foreign affairs ministers from Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance will be meeting next 24 November in Santiago de Chile to explore a possible integration between the two blocks according to Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 17:00 UTC

There are two Mercosur, but only the ideological one prevails

The ideological Mercosur is limited to a political board of three. Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela, “the original Mercosur is over” indicated Magnoli

The original Mercosur is over; it has been reduced to a political block with a three member board, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela, according to Demetrio Magnoli a renowned Folha de Sao Paulo columnist who added that the 'political' Mercosur has helped the Alliance of the Pacific to advance.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Argentine Senate approves bill changing debt payment jurisdiction; next step Lower House

“Sometimes there are court decisions that cannot be followed,” said Miguel Angel Pichetto, head of the government's coalition in the Senate.

Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

NML Capital subpoenaed 18 banks in search of embezzled Argentine funds

Lead attorney for NML, Robert Cohen of Dechert, said  that the list of banks all have at least a presence in the United States

NML Capital Ltd, a creditor suing Argentina in the U.S. courts for full payment on defaulted debt, subpoenaed 18 banks last week in an effort to track down 65 million dollars in what it says is embezzled Argentine money laundered through the United States.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Uruguay's main presidential opposition candidate suffers “Watergate break-in” crime

Luis Lacalle Pou surprisingly won his party's primaries and is steadily cutting differences with the ruling coalition's candidate

Uruguay's main opposition candidate for October's contested presidential election was the victim of a “Watergate break-in” crime at the offices of the agency which is running his surprisingly successful campaign.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falklands' GDP 'volatile' because of fisheries and oil and gas exploration

Oil industry activities input to the Falklands economy in 2012 meant the per capita GDP soared to £77.4 thousand for 2012.

Recently released data shows that the Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to be volatile: expanding considerably during some years and shrinking in others. For example, 2012, a year of intense hydrocarbons activity the per capita for a population of 2.562, in the books soared to £77.400.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:14 UTC

Brazil leaves basic interest rate unchanged at 11%, given 'inflation prospects'

“Assessing the evolution of macroeconomic scenario and the inflation prospects”, Copom unanimously decided to maintain the Selic rate at 11%

With Brazil battling recession and inflation a month away from the presidential election, the Central bank kept its key interest rate on hold at 11%. Traders and analysts had forecast no change and the central bank's monetary policy commission (Copom) duly decided to leave all quiet following its monthly two-day meeting.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:45 UTC

Argentina/Brazil bilateral trade drops to 2010 level. Auto industry hardest hit

 Vehicles, auto parts, tractors, engines were among the items which experienced the greatest contraction in bilateral sales

Bilateral trade between Mercosur leading partners Argentina and Brazil plummeted 27.6% in August and 22% in the last twelve months, according to Buenos Aires consultants, Abeceb. Recession in Brazil plus strict Argentine trade restrictions and slower domestic demand has contributed to the results.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 07:43 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas issue to be addressed by Mercosur parliament 11 November

The Parlasur delegation with their host Julian Dominguez, president of the Lower House, during the visit to the Argentine congress

The Mercosur Parliament, Parlasur will be holding a special session next 11 November in Montevideo dedicated to the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty issue, it was announced this Monday in Buenos Aires during a visit of a delegation from the regional legislative to the Argentine congress.

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 07:00 UTC

Mercosur is a ‘success’; intra-trade has grown at double the world rate

Ramalho insists that despite the bad press, Mercosur is advancing and now extends from Patagonia to the Caribbean

Mercosur is a success, intra-trade has expanded at double the rate of world trade and despite all the bad press, the block is advancing on other fields such as social affairs and citizenship, according to Ivan Ramalho, Mercosur's High Representative, who is a former Brazilian deputy minister of trade and development issues.

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