Celso Lafer, an academic and Mercosur enthusiast will become Brazil's next Minister of Foreign Affairs January 29th. He will take office from Luiz Felipe Lampreia who has held the Itamaraty job since president Fernando Cardoso was first elected in 1995.
Taking advantage of the visit of 264 meters long cruise vessel Mercury, the largest passenger ship to ever visit Buenos Aires, Argentine officials announced an ambitious 100 million US dollars infrastructure plan to promote international cruise tourism.
After the seven plagues of 2000, the US Federal Reserve unexpected decision to lower basic interest rates 0,5%, to 6% before the formal Open Market Meeting of mid January, has come as a blessing and was described as the best news of the year by officials from Mercosur members.
The United States Central Information Agency, CIA, forecasts prosperity for Latinamerica in the coming fifteen years based primarily in the information revolution and an important drop in the birth rate.