Mercosur

Mercosur
Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 05:24 UTC

Venezuela as Mercosur full member faces deadline: Friday 12 August

 “We´re waiting to see what happens this Friday, deadline for Venezuela to show it has complied with conditions to enjoy full membership of Mercosur”, said Loizaga

Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are waiting for a report on Venezuela´s compliance with the accords agreed in 2012, which has to delivered next Friday 12 August, and could lead the group of three counties deciding the suspension of Caracas as full member of Mercosur. A week and a half later, 23 August, representatives of these countries will be meeting to address the issue.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 03:54 UTC

Falklands 2014 and 2015 business climate surveys “very good”, but 2016 prospects aren't so rosy

The Business Climate Survey is undertaken by the Falklands Islands Development Corporation, FIDC, with support from the Falklands Chamber of Commerce

The Falklands Business Climate Survey strongly suggests that 2014 and 2015 were two very good years for the Islands economy and its business community, which translated in profits and higher levels of turnover, particularly 2015. However survey respondents predictions for this year and onwards aren't as rosy with many businesses anticipating lower turnover and investments, but not necessarily profits, while the overall average rating for the Islands' economy weighed between “average” and “good”.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 03:49 UTC

UK with a Great Pavilion will be present at Uruguay's main agriculture show

One of the highlights of this year will be the focus on agricultural technology with a series of lectures by British and Uruguayan experts.

With just a month to go until Uruguay's main agro show, Expo Prado, the British Embassy in Montevideo announces that for the third consecutive year it will be present with a Great Pavilion focused on business, education, culture, tourism, gastronomy and entertainment. British brands such as JCB Machinery, Polo Club clothing, FCR-DAS who specialise in quality management certification, fire extinguishers from Noblex, Brompton and other bicycles courtesy of Muvin will all be taking part.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 20:47 UTC

Venezuela to be “demoted” from full Mercosur membership on 12 August

Michel Temer met last Friday at Itamaraty with Argentina's Macri, Paraguay's Cartes and advisors to assess the current situation of the Mercosur presidency

Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil are considering the “demotion” of Venezuela's Mercosur full membership unless by next August 12 it complies with all conditions to hold such a position, according to the Brazilian media following a meeting of the three presidents in the sidelines of the opening of the Rio Olympic Games.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 20:39 UTC

Venezuela claims “the triple alliance” want to storm the Mercosur presidency

“We are aware of the existence of economic forces operating in the dark who want an implosion of Mercosur” claimed Delcy Rodriguez

Venezuela announced it will not allow Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, “the triple alliance” to storm the Mercosur pro tempore presidency, which the government of president Nicolas Maduro is fully exercising. Caracas also claimed that economic forces operating in the dark are interested in a Mercosur “implosion”.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 17:47 UTC

“Independent Falkland Islands”, Di Tella's proposal to Rifkind in 1997

“What they wanted to propose was that the Falklands ... should cease to be a British colony but not become part of Argentina,” said Rifkind.

The Evening Standard has published a brief summary of the book, “Power and Pragmatism”, which collects the memoirs of former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and there are some interesting passages referred to talks with Argentine officials about the future of the Falkland Islands.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 19:50 UTC

Mercosur founding members agree to disagree, but will hold another round of talks

“It was an extremely cordial meeting but we did not reach a consensus on Mercosur presidency, which remains vacant and is a  priority” said Rigoberto Gauto

Mercosur founding members coordinators who met in Montevideo on Thursday to address the controversy over the presidency of the group and the self proclamation to the post by Venezuela, did finally reach some conclusions, but the most significant seems to be that they continue to disagree on the steps to follow and are prepared for another round of talks.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 21:52 UTC

Venezuela defies Mercosur members and announces it will “fully exercise the presidency”

“We are presidents of Mercosur and will fully exercise that right” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a mandatory national television message

Venezuela has defiantly confirmed that is will fully exercise the “self-proclaimed” presidency of Mercosur, despite the opposition from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, who consider the chair vacant and are meeting in Montevideo to find an alternative for the six month mandate.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:10 UTC

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay consider Mercosur chair 'vacant' and call for urgent meeting

Serra sent a letter underlining that the chair of the group remains “vacant” and accused Uruguay of causing “uncertainty” inside the group

Mercosur's disarray and fault lines were again exposed when Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay insisted that Venezuela's self proclamation as president of the group was invalid, and also expressed disappointment with Uruguay for having ended its mandate last Saturday causing “great uncertainty”.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:02 UTC

Venezuela rejects call for Mercosur meeting and claims a conspiracy against Bolivarianism

Venezuela in full exercise of the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur denounces the machinations of the extreme right in the south of the continent

Venezuela rejected Argentina's call for an urgent Mercosur meeting and underlined it is exercising the group's pro tempore presidency “legally” accusing Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay of being part of a Triple Alliance which is re-editing “a sort of Plan Condor against Venezuela to harass and criminalize its model of development and democracy”.

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