Friday, December 5th 2014 - 06:19 UTC

Latin America 'unfortunately' has a very low participation in global trade

Rodriguez said that “south-south” trade had increased from less that 5% in 1990 to almost 18% last year, on the back of the integration process

Latin America 'unfortunately' has a very low participation in world trade which is a major challenge for the region, according to Gonzalo Rodriguez, member of Mercosur technical staff, who was one of several speakers at the preamble of Unasur summit.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 08:15 UTC

Falklands' patrol vessels support, allegedly from Brazil and Chile, trigger debate in Argentina

A recent foreign policy book from Di Tella's number two, Andres Cisneros has brought up the issue

Argentine opposition lawmakers expressed concern about alleged logistic support from Brazil and Chile to British warships and other auxiliary vessels in the South Atlantic and demanded the government of president Cristina Fernández report to Congress on the matter.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Cristina Fernandez rests in Patagonia and prepares for regional agenda

The Argentine leader will be attending the inauguration of Unasur headquarters in Quito, a building named after her late husband Nestor Kirchner

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez left Thursday evening for El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, to spend the long weekend with her family, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro reported.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Unasur member Guyana 'suspends' parliament for up to six months

Mr Ramotar executed his decision as MPs returned for their first day of work after a two-month recess.

The president of Guyana has suspended the national parliament to avoid MPs passing a vote of no confidence in his government. Donald Ramotar invoked an obscure constitutional procedure to carry out the maneuver.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 04:16 UTC

Unasur ready to help Venezuela organize a “major social pact” to overcome the current situation

Samper met with Dilma Rousseff and apparently addressed the Venezuelan situation

Venezuela needs a 'major social agreement' to adjust its economy and overcome the current and persistent political conflicts in the country, said Ernesto Samper, chairman of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) during a visit to Brasilia.

Monday, October 27th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

Unasur warns about a period of slower economic activity in the region

The objective of Latin America should be to overcome the slowdown situation by launching “an ambitious re-industrialization process”.

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) chairman Ernesto Samper cautioned that recent oil and gas discoveries outside the region, a weaker demand for commodities from China and Europe and the 'evident strengthening' of the US dollar anticipate a slowdown of the region's economy.

Monday, October 27th 2014 - 06:31 UTC

Uruguayan presidential run-off on 30 November; ruling coalition ruins pollsters forecasts

Vazquez performed better than expected and should have a much smoother run off 30 November

Uruguayan pollsters again seem to have missed their target regarding estimate results of Sunday's legislative and presidential elections: the ruling Broad Front coalition presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez took a strong lead in the exit polls, and although he will be forced to a run-off with runner up Luis Lacalle Pou as anticipated, the percentage numbers indicate he should be able to achieve a comfortable win at the end of November, contrary to what was forecasted.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 09:26 UTC

Samper in Argentina updates Unasur agenda with Timerman

The former Colombian president also met with Cristina Fernandez

Unasur Secretary General Ernesto Samper in his first overseas official trip this week visited Argentina, where he met with President Cristina Fernandez and foreign minister Hector Timerman, and also held a round of political talks and other ministerial meetings.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 04:49 UTC

Samper becomes Unasur secretary general and ratifies peace as his main mission

The former Colombian president took over from Venezuela's Ali Rodriguez

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper was inaugurated on Thursday as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, by Surinam's Desire Bouterse who holds the rotating presidency of the group.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:24 UTC

Former Colombian president becomes Unasur new secretary general

Samper said he was committed to bolstering democracy, reducing social inequality, support for science and technology and increasing security.

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper was confirmed as Unasur Secretary General following a consultation of the group's member countries presidents. The announcement had been delayed because a Union of South American Nations summit to be held in Montevideo this month was suspended.


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