Thursday, February 6th 2014 - 04:42 UTC

Uruguay 12-month inflation in January soars to 9.10%, as energy rebate ceases

With the end of the electricity rebate in December, bills soared 35% in January

Consumer prices in Uruguay during January soared 2.44%, according to the latest release from the stats office, INE, and the highest percentage since 2002. This means accumulated inflation in the last twelve months reached 9,10%, compared to the 8.52% for the twelve months of 2013.

Tuesday, February 4th 2014 - 08:56 UTC

China became Uruguay's main trade partner in 2013

Total trade rached 4.1bn dollars and included soy, beef, greasy wool, pulp and dairy products

China became Uruguay's main trade partner in 2013 totaling 20.9% of all trade according to the latest stats from the Central bank. This leaves China three percentage points ahead of Brazil, 18.8% (traditionally the main partner) and almost four ahead of Argentina with 18.1%.

Friday, January 31st 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Mujica admits that with Argentina 'nothing is guaranteed, only change, one way or the other'

The Uruguayan president with Cristina Fernandez in Cuba

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica said there is 'nothing guaranteed' in the coming talks with Argentina over a long list of bilateral issues, in reference to his meeting on Tuesday with president Cristina Fernandez in Cuba on the sidelines of the recent Celac summit. Mujica was interviewed by a Uruguayan television channel.

Sunday, January 26th 2014 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta boast best climates in the world

Punta del Este resort in Uruguay

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta were named as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate.

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 03:35 UTC

Mercosur/EU with their own problems still don't have a date to continue negotiations

Uruguayan foreign minister estimates sometime after Mercosur summit in February

Mercosur and the European Union continue to work on their tariff reduction proposals list but have no scheduled date for negotiators to meet and advance on a long delayed trade agreement according to Uruguayan diplomatic sources. However what is certain is that when the date is agreed it will be clear if Mercosur consensus proposal will include all founding members of the group.

Thursday, January 23rd 2014 - 09:47 UTC

Almagro and Timerman discuss bilateral agenda and possible Cristina Fernandez-Mujica meeting

The two ministers met for over an hour in Montevideo

A meeting of the presidents from Argentina and Uruguay, Cristina Fernandez and Jose Mujica has not been agreed but is 'in the agenda' said Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro following an hour long meeting with his counterpart Hector Timerman on Wednesday in Montevideo.

Thursday, January 23rd 2014 - 09:37 UTC

Argentina strangles Montevideo port activity; operators call for a bilateral agreement

Activity in the port of Montevideo has dropped 40% according to container operators

Container operators in the port of Montevideo are demanding from Uruguayan authorities an agreement with Argentina to recover all the transshipment activity which has been lost since November when the government of President Cristina Fernandez retaliated against Uruguay over bilateral issues.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - 11:29 UTC

Uruguay warns trade negotiations with EU could leave “a Mercosur member out”

Minister Almagro pointed to Argentina

Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro said it should not come as a surprise if the negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union does not include all four original full members and leaves one out, although the objective is for all members to be part of the accord.

Tuesday, January 21st 2014 - 15:24 UTC

Mujica says Mercosur is 'seriously impaired” and admits resignation in relations with Argentina

But there are also positive sides: Mercosur is the main market for Uruguay's dairy produce, says Mujica

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica said that Mercosur is “seriously impaired” but it also has its strong points, and the fact Paraguay resumes full membership is very positive. Mujica was interviewed by a government financed newspaper, La República and again referred to the postponed Mercosur summit and the deteriorated relations with Argentina.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Outbreak of “Clostridium Difficile” in Uruguay's largest hospital; situation under control

The University Hospital de Clínica were 15 cases have been reported and confirmed

Uruguay's main university hospital, suffering from an outbreak of the highly contagious bacteria “Clostridium Difficile” has been recommended “to suspend new entries to the sections involved, restrict visits and extreme hygiene measures” plus an epidemiological test of patients and staff.


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