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Mercosur

  • Thursday, November 3rd 2016 - 10:01 UTC

    Mercosur parliament critical of the current trade negotiations with the European Union

    Jorge Taiana said he is “not optimistic that there will be progress” as a result of the economic recession that has hit Europe

    The President of Mercosur’s parliament (Parlasur) thinks that the European Union’s current tabled offer is “unsatisfactory” and made it clear that it shouldn’t be signed in its current form. Jorge Taiana, head of the parliament, and former foreign minister with ex president Cristina Fernandez, complained that the negotiations, which resumed about seven years ago, are taking far too long, but added that in the absence of a “balanced agreement”, nothing should be signed.

  • Thursday, November 3rd 2016 - 08:05 UTC

    European lawmakers in Argentina to boost EU/Mercosur trade talks

    “We will never reach any trade accord, unless we are not willing to face the domestic resistances, be it in Europe or in Mercosur”, said MEP Assis

    A European Union parliament delegation of fourteen lawmakers is in Buenos Aires to prop Mercosur/EU trade talks, and even admitting there has been advances, and prospects are encouraging, they also acknowledged that many objections from both sides persist.

  • Wednesday, November 2nd 2016 - 11:05 UTC

    Portugal pledges in Brazil to promote Mercosur/EU trade agreement

    “Portugal can become another strong voice in the EU to help make possible this trade agreement the soonest possible”, said Temer

    Brazilian president Michel Temer said that Portugal and Spain are determined to help speed trade negotiations between Mercosur and the European Union. Temer made the announcement on hosting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa who was on a brief visit to Brazil for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries summit in Brasilia.

  • Saturday, October 29th 2016 - 09:54 UTC

    Jorge Batlle, Political Scion Who Led Uruguay, Dies at 88

    After his initial defeat in 1966, Batlle ran unsuccessfully for president in 1971, 1989 and 1994, until he won in 1999

    By Sam Roberts, The New York Times

    Jorge Batlle, the brash scion of a political dynasty who had been groomed to be president of Uruguay since he was a teenager, got elected to the post on his fifth try and then audaciously presided over a pro-American administration that survived a brush with bankruptcy, died on Monday in Montevideo. He was 88.

  • Friday, October 28th 2016 - 14:28 UTC

    Falklands celebrating 30 years of the Fishery that transformed the Islands

    The fishing industry accounts for 40% of the Falkland’s Gross Domestic Product, which, said Mr John Barton was “considerable progress in 30 years”.

    The Falklands Islands are recalling a milestone decision for the development and transformation of the economy of the country. On October 29, 1986 a Proclamation declaring the Interim Falklands Conservation and Management Zone was signed by Governor Gordon Jewkes. Director of Natural Resources, John Barton pointed out at a presentation on Wednesday evening to mark 30 years of Falkland Fisheries.

  • Thursday, October 27th 2016 - 03:29 UTC

    Lowering interest rates in Brazil will be “moderate and gradual”, says Central bank

    Lower interest rates and inflation rates are expected to help return to growth: a relief to unpopular President Temer and to 12 million unemployed workers.

    Inflation forecasts for the next couple of years point to limited room for monetary easing in Brazil, the central bank said on Tuesday, suggesting it is unlikely to accelerate the pace of interest rate cuts in its November policy meeting. In the minutes of its Oct. 19 meeting, in which it cut its benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 14%, the bank also said it was worried about a recent pause in the slowdown of services price rises.

  • Thursday, October 27th 2016 - 01:23 UTC

    Tierra del Fuego PC assembly industry at risk if import tariffs (35%) are lowered

    The head of the Argentine chamber of Electronic, Electro-mechanic and Lumino-technical industries , Jose Luis Cavanna warned that there are 12.000 jobs at risk

    A new challenge for Tierra del Fuego province and its industrial promotion scheme: the Argentina government is planning to eliminate all tariffs on the import of computers and components beginning 2017, which is estimated could cost anywhere from 4.000 to 12.000 jobs.

  • Tuesday, October 25th 2016 - 10:29 UTC

    Macri and Vazquez agree that the trade approach to China should be done from Mercosur

    Macri said that his government understands Uruguay´s need to have access to other markets and open to the world's second largest economy.

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri promised his Uruguayan peer Tabare Vazquez to look into the draft of a Uruguay/China free trade deal, and expressed their deep concern about political events in Venezuela suggesting that under the current circumstances the Nicolas Maduro government cannot be considered a member of Mercosur.

  • Monday, October 24th 2016 - 18:11 UTC

    First Mercosur test for Uruguay´s free trade agreement negotiations with China

    President Vazquez and several ministers will meet with Macri(L)i in Buenos Aires to discuss an agenda of common interests

    Uruguay and Argentina, and their cabinets will be meeting this Monday in Buenos Aires to address a bilateral agenda, which was agreed long before hand, but the real issue will not necessarily be trade, dredging canals, pulp mills, customs or facilitating people's movement, but rather the negotiations for a free trade agreement which supposedly Uruguay is about to begin discussing with China.

  • Friday, October 21st 2016 - 02:56 UTC

    Brazilian central bank lowers basic rate 0.25 points on more optimistic recovery data

    The new, market-friendly central bank governor, Ilan Goldfajn, is expected to oversee further rate cuts before the year ends.

    Brazil's central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in more than three years on Wednesday as a new center-right government's reforms fuel hopes of a recovery in Latin America's largest economy. The bank lowered the benchmark Selic rate by 0.25 points, to 14%, still one of the world's highest, and cited a dip in inflation and forecasts that a long recession -- Brazil's worst in a century -- is nearing its end.