Wednesday, February 17th 2010 - 23:59 UTC

Paraguay beef exports in January total 54.8 million US dollars

Dr. Daniel Rojas said FMD immunization is on schedule

Chile, Russia, Vietnam and Israel were the main clients for Paraguayan beef and meat products during the month of January totalling 54.8 million US dollars, up 85% over the same month a year ago according to the latest data from the Livestock Health and Quality Service, Senacsa.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010 - 04:41 UTC

Brazilian congress willing to approve reformed power accord with Paraguay

Itaipú, the world’s largest operational dam

In the Brazilian congress there’s a positive attitude towards the consideration and approval of the terms agreed between presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Lugo to improve price and conditions for the Paraguayan power generated in the Itaipú dam and purchased by Brazil.

Wednesday, January 20th 2010 - 06:51 UTC

Paraguay thanks Colombia for help in the release of a kidnapped rancher

EEP apparently has close links (arms and training) with Colombia’s FARC

The Paraguayan government and the family of a liberated cattle rancher, kidnap victim of an armed group, have thanked Colombia because the aid and intelligence provided for the liberation were “decisive”, announced Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in Bogotá.

Wednesday, January 20th 2010 - 06:43 UTC

Venezuela will become Mercosur fifth full member “next March”

The former bishop Lugo will open the doors of the Mercosur temple to receive Hugo Chavez

Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur will be completed next March according to ABN news agency from Caracas. Apparently the formality will take place in the second week of March following the end of the Paraguayan congressional recess.

Thursday, January 7th 2010 - 16:45 UTC

Paraguay’s Vice-president contrary to Venezuela joining Mercosur

Federico Franco reflects the strained relations inside the Paraguayan ruling coalition

Paraguay’s Vice-president Federico Franco said he was contrary to Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur as long as Hugo Chavez is president accusing him of having “imperial attitudes” towards the land-locked country.

Thursday, December 31st 2009 - 03:07 UTC

Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation will help “dilute Brazilian hegemony”

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata dreams with March

The incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur will help dilute the Brazil-Argentina hegemony and will be beneficial for small countries said Paraguay’s Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata on Wednesday chatting with foreign correspondents.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 08:28 UTC

Paraguay economy contracts 0.3% in third quarter confirming strong recession

With an end to the drought 2010 is more promising

Paraguay’s GDP in the third quarter contracted 0.3% compared a year ago confirming the country’s recession, according to the latest report from the Central Bank. However the performance was an improvement compared to the drop of previous quarters, which “could be anticipating the recovery of the economy for the coming year”.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 06:13 UTC

Brazil not pressing Paraguay on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata

The Brazilian government is not putting pressure on the Paraguayan Congress to vote the full incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur. Paraguay is the only remaining full member which still has to vote for Venezuela to join the South American trade block, following last week’s Brazilian senate divided approval.

Monday, December 21st 2009 - 13:09 UTC

Mercosur: Chavez sends “peace” message to Paraguayan Senate

President Hugo Chavez said he was hopeful the Paraguayan congress would vote for Venezuela to join Mercosur since Paraguay is one of the countires to “most benefit” from such an incorporation.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 10:53 UTC

Paraguay could vote on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation after summer recess

Senators in Paraguay are divided but will they resist the rest of Mercosur?

Paraguayan Congress will remain blocking Venezuela's entry into Mercosur trade bloc “as long as President Hugo Chávez continues intervening in foreign affairs”, stated the head of the Senate, Miguel Carrizosa, just a day after Brazilian lawmakers approved the incorporation. However his successor in the job affirms the opposite.


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