Tuesday, March 8th 2011 - 02:05 UTC

Uruguayan investors purchased 1.1 million hectares in the Paraguayan Chaco

Cattle breeding in Chaco has attracted Uruguayan farmers

Uruguayan investors have purchased an estimated 1.1 million hectares in the Paraguayan Chaco, (heartland of landlocked Paraguay) in spite of the fact land prices have quadrupled in the last two years. The record year was 2010 with 200.000 hectares.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011 - 21:48 UTC

Venezuela, Mercosur, Unasur top of the agenda for Paraguay’s Congress

Cabinet chief Miguel Lopez Perito announced resumption of negotiations

The Paraguayan government announced Thursday it will insist with the Congressional approval of Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur, which remains stalled at the country’s Legislative branch.

Monday, February 28th 2011 - 01:21 UTC

Paraguay exported more beef than Argentina in 2010

Punished by government policy Argentina is lagging in meat production and the cattle herd has contracted significantly

Paraguay overtook Argentina as beef exporter in 2010 confirming the country’s loss of leadership in the world’s meat markets, according to reports in the Argentine and Paraguayan media.

Friday, February 18th 2011 - 04:43 UTC

Paraguay fearful of “Brazilian dominance” reveals Wikileaks cable

Former Minister Leila Rachid candidly commented her thoughts to US officials

Paraguay expressed deep concern about “Brazilian dominance” in South America, reveals a diplomatic cable exposed by Wikileaks and reproduced this week by the Brazilian portal ‘Opera Mundi’.

Monday, February 14th 2011 - 21:50 UTC

Political agreement in Paraguay to impose export levies on soybeans and beef

Paraguayan Finance minister Dionisio Borda determined to balance the budget

The Paraguayan government is working with Congress to agree on budget cuts and possible tax increases, (levies on beef and soybean exports) that should help balance 2011 expenditure and revenue.

Tuesday, February 8th 2011 - 01:08 UTC

EU top official says “this is the moment” for a trade agreement with Mercosur

President Lugo with EU commissioner de Gutch

European Union Trade commissioner Karel de Gutch said Monday he strongly believes the EU will reach a trade agreement with Mercosur because “this is the moment” and both sides are committed to conclude negotiations positively.

Saturday, February 5th 2011 - 03:40 UTC

Paraguayan congress puts price to Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

 Lino Oviedo, former Army chief and presidential hopeful

The Paraguayan political system is willing to consider the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur as a full member if there is a “significant gesture or compensation” from the government of President Hugo Chavez, according to congressional sources in Asunción.

Friday, February 4th 2011 - 23:13 UTC

Paraguay recovers full status of free of foot and mouth disease with vaccination

The country has over 12 million head of cattle

Paraguay recovered full status of “country free of foot and mouth disease with vaccination” following the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) decision to lift the “high vigilance zone” over 1.2 million cattle.

Friday, February 4th 2011 - 21:02 UTC

EU top official visits Uruguay/Paraguay to advance trade talks with Mercosur

Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is expected next week in Paraguay

The European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will travel next week to Paraguay and Uruguay to reinforce bilateral relations and to advance on the ongoing EU/Mercosur negotiations to reach an overall trade and cooperation agreement.

Tuesday, February 1st 2011 - 13:31 UTC

Paraguay scheduled to open a trade office in Hong Kong

President Fernando Lugo cancelled a visit to Asia that included Taiwan

Paraguay the only Mercosur member with no formal diplomatic relations with China-Beijing, --since it only recognizes Taiwan--, is scheduled to open a trade office in Hong Kong (Peoples Republic of China) some time in the next few weeks.


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