Friday, October 11th 2013 - 13:11 UTC

Paraguay congress votes 10% export tax on grains and soybeans. Cartes expected to veto the bill

“A war declaration on the country’s farming sector”, said Cristaldo, president of the farmers’ lobby

A controversial bill imposing a 10% tax on grains and oil seeds exported in their natural state was finally approved by the Paraguayan congress. The bill presented in 2012 was passed in the Senate, rejected in the Lower House and again ratified by the Upper House, however Deputies could not round up the necessary 53 votes to again reject it.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Venezuela insists in re-establishing full relations with Paraguay, but legal obstacles remain

The two ministers with the background of the two flags shake hands in Asunción

Venezuela and Paraguay need to re-establish full relations and overcome “all the obstacles that need to be overcome”, said Foreign minister Elías Jaua currently in Asunción, a special guest of his counterpart Eladio Loizaga.

Wednesday, October 9th 2013 - 05:46 UTC

Venezuelan minister invited to Paraguay: Mercosur and bilateral relations in the agenda

Minister Elías Jaua has been announced in Asuncion this week

Venezuela Foreign minister Elias Jaua is expected Wednesday in Asuncion, a guest of the Paraguayan government to talk about bilateral relations, Mercosur and to advance in negotiations of common interest, according to sources from the administration of President Horacio Cartes.

Friday, October 4th 2013 - 07:05 UTC

UK offers Paraguay cooperation in transport and infrastructure at embassy ceremony

Paraguay’s Eloizaga and Swire during the ribbon cutting ceremony

The UK is back in full force in Latinamerica, and particularly in Paraguay, the fastest growing economy in the region, said Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire during the inauguration of the British embassy in Asunción, which had been shut down back in 2005.

Thursday, October 3rd 2013 - 21:24 UTC

Brazil offers Paraguay Mercosur chair, but apparently Argentina is not convinced

Dilma trying to convince Cartes Paraguay must return to Mercosur

Brazil offered Paraguay the rotating chair of Mercosur as of next December, as part of an overall understanding to have the landlocked country return to the block, while accepting the incorporation of Venezuela as a full member of the group. Paraguay rejects Venezuela’s membership alleging it was done against the will of its Senate and in breach of national and international law and of the Mercosur charter.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 - 16:47 UTC

Minister Swire opens the British embassy in Asuncion after a break of eight years

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire formally opened on Wednesday the British Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay which will be headed by Ambassador Jeremy Hobbs. Accompanied by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga, he hailed the opening a symbol of the UK’s continued engagement in Latin America.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 - 08:22 UTC

Rousseff reminds Cartes that Paraguay belongs to Mercosur and is strategic for Brazil

Dilma and Cartes meet at the Planalto

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff received her peer from Paraguay, Horacio Cartes with full head of state honours but at the same time reminded him that Paraguay is a full member of Mercosur and “bilateral relations are in the context of multilateral relations with all countries of the hemisphere”.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 - 07:39 UTC

UK reopens embassy in Asuncion which was closed since 2005

Hague and Loizaga met in the sidelines of the UN assembly in New York

The British embassy in Paraguay which was remained closed since 2005 will be reopened this week according to Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga. The news was confirmed following a meeting of the Paraguayan official with Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Monday, September 30th 2013 - 16:39 UTC

Paraguayan economy boosted by agriculture expanding at an annual 13.3%

Soybeans and beef, plus energy, are Paraguay’s main exports

Paraguay’s GDP expanded 13.3% in the second quarter of this year boosted by agriculture and beef exports, according to the latest release from the Central bank. Agriculture has proved the most dynamic sector with 6.2% growth helping Paraguay to have the fastest growing economy this year in Latam following on a 0.9% retraction last year, because of an extended drought.

Monday, September 30th 2013 - 16:32 UTC

Paraguay’s Cartes in Brazil to discuss trade, security, cooperation and Mercosur

The Paraguayan president with Dilma Rousseff

Paraguay president Horacio Cartes arrived Monday morning to Brazil for a round of talks with President Dilma Rousseff which includes political, economic, energy, trade and security issues, plus the full return of Paraguay to Mercosur, an intricate matter dating back to events of June 2012.


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