Saturday, July 11th 2015 - 05:43 UTC

Francis calls on Paraguay to consolidate democracy and end corruption

Pope's reception included women dancing in long swaying dresses as Guarani music played and people dressed as saints were carried on platforms.

Pope Francis urged Paraguay to consolidate democracy and end corruption and drug trafficking, after receiving a colorful welcome on Friday at the start of the last leg of his eight-day South American tour.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 07:43 UTC

Uruguay and Paraguay meet to talk about Mercosur, ports and energy

Horacio Cartes was in Montevideo last March when the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez

Mercosur, ports, energy, trade are among the issues in the agenda that Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes will consider with his counterpart Tabare Vazquez when he makes a one day visit on Thursday to Montevideo, according to the Uruguayan ambassador in Asunción Federico Perazza, ahead of the meeting.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

Uruguay says Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign trade accord with Europe

“Uruguay's position is well known regarding a free trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union”, underlined Tabare Vazquez

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said that Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign the long delayed trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. Such an agreement has become one of the cornerstones of Vazquez presidency faced with falling exports and limited markets.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Paraguay believes in a 'single speed' approach to Mercosur/EU trade talks

“We want a speedier relation with Europe, a relation which some talk about a 'two-speeds' approach, but we prefer a single speed”, said Cartes

Paraguay believes in a 'single speed' approach to negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, but discussions must be more dynamic and wide ranging, said the country's president Horacio Cartes, currently visiting Spain.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Brazil/Uruguay expect Paraguay to join in speeding Mercosur/EU negotiations

“In June we will be receiving Paraguay's president Cartes, and most certainly we will be addressing issues related to Mercosur”, said Tabare Vazquez

Uruguay will be hosting Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes in early June when he is expected to confirm' his country's support to Uruguay and Brazil in their renewed approach to accelerate negotiations for the signing of a full cooperation and free trade agreement with the European Union, which were started fifteen years ago.

Thursday, May 7th 2015 - 05:22 UTC

US for third year running main wheat supplier for Brazil displacing Argentina

Argentina is expected to have a surface reduction of 10%. Uruguay, a drop of nearly 17%; Paraguay 10% and Brazil anywhere from 10% to 20%.

For a third year in a row the United States will be the top wheat supplier for Brazil, displacing Argentina from its historic position, according to the latest release from Brazilian consultancy Trigo & Farinhas. This piece of information is significant given the world prices for grains and wheat planting prospects in South America.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 10:01 UTC

Mercosur prepared to consider the possibility of a 'two-speed' system with EU

 “Some Mercosur members might be ready to begin negotiations with the EU, while the rest can join in time”, said Loizaga

Paraguay's foreign affairs minister Eladio Loizaga admitted in Madrid that Mercosur could consider the possibility of a “two-speed” system in trade and cooperation negotiations with the European Union. The minister was the main speaker at the event organized by Casa de America and the Spanish government news agency EFE.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 22:48 UTC

Uruguay insists Mercosur must achieve “a free trade zone which effectively works”

“To have Mercosur members 'sincere themselves', means complying with free movement of goods, services and production factors”, said Nin Novoa

Uruguay again complained about the current stalled situation of Mercosur and called for members to 'sincere' themselves regarding the compliance of the original 1991 founding charter, and hopefully “we can at least reach the first stage of the chronogram: a free trade zone which effectively works and has not to bear the brunt of hurdles”.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 22:48 UTC

Paraguay and Uruguay ministers to discuss recovering paralyzed Mercosur

Loizaga will be receiving Nin Novoa on Tuesday to address the current situation of Mercosur and consider options to get the group back on its tracks

Following on the lead of Uruguay's new government, Paraguay has also demanded Mercosur returns to its roots and original objective with free circulation of goods and no obstructions of any kind or impediments such as tariff barriers. The five countries group has been paralyzed and negotiations for an encompassing cooperation and trade agreement with the European Union remain stalled.

Monday, April 13th 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Mercosur footwear manufacturers want to stop the 'flood' of Asian shoe imports

“There's no way the import figures are compatible with an annual consumption of one pair of shoes in Paraguay, given the levels of poverty”, said Ramirez (Pic ABC)

Paraguay with a population of six million imports annually 25 million pairs of shoes, something considered 'incredible' and totally out of proportion with the economic situation and poverty levels of the country, claimed Mercosur members' footwear chambers and related industries.


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