Uruguay

Uruguay
Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Uruguay could compete for another pulp mill, if it develops logistics infrastructure

Another state-of-art pulp mill in Uruguay is possible if the logistics infrastructure is rebuilt to support large scale export-oriented businesses, said Jaakko Sarantola

Finland´s UPM pulp conglomerate which already has a plant in Uruguay announced it will commence discussions with the Uruguayan government on the development of logistics infrastructure for a possible mounting of another mill. Discussions will include railroad and roads, which currently are a critical challenge to establish large scale industrial operation in the Uruguayan inland and to connect it to a deep sea port.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 05:11 UTC

Mercosur asks Venezuela for 'democratic and human rights gestures' before transferring the group's chair

“Let political prisoners free, show a commitment to democratic values and human rights, otherwise there will be no consensus”, Loizaga said in Asunción

Mercosur members are requesting from Venezuela concrete gestures in favor of democracy and human rights if they are to consider the transfer of the group's pro tempore chair from Uruguay to Caracas, pointed out Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga a day after the group was unable to reach a consensus on the issue that has become particularly controversial when not frustrating.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 01:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil situations take a toll on Uruguay's 2015/16 cruise season

 The season which extended from November 2015 to April 2016, recorded 56 calls in the Punta del Este sea resort and 105 in Montevideo.

The number of vessel calls dropped 6.4% and passengers landed 4.1%, during the last 2015/2016 cruise season compared to 2041/2015, according to the final report from Uruguay's Tourism ministry. The number of passenger and crew landed in Montevideo and Punta del Este reached 319.000 having spent an estimate 11.1 million dollars.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 - 08:03 UTC

Neighbors Stand Up to Venezuela

“You can be elected democratically but lose legitimacy over time through your actions,” Eladio Loizaga Caballero, the foreign minister of Paraguay said

By New York Times Editorial Board

This summer, Venezuela was poised to assume the rotating presidency of Mercosur, a trade bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. But at the urging of Paraguay, Mercosur heads of state are considering blocking Venezuela, at least temporarily, citing the erosion of democracy there.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 - 06:36 UTC

Mercosur ever so divided plans a new meeting to decide on Venezuela´s presidency of the group

Host minister Nin Novoa said that the group would take a two-day recess and meet again next Thursday following consultations

Mercosur four founding members meeting in Montevideo have been unable to reach a consensus on whether to transfer, for the next six months, the group's pro tempore presidency to Venezuela and decided on a new round of talks next Thursday. Uruguay insists in complying with the charter and calendar, but Paraguay and Brazil question the current government of Venezuela's credentials for the job, and Argentina has an ambiguous position.

Saturday, July 9th 2016 - 09:57 UTC

PAHO/WHO congratulates Uruguay for successfully defending tobacco control policies, “a model for the region”

Dr. Etienne said that, “PAHO/WHO supported Uruguay's defense of these measures, which were aimed at saving lives”.

The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) congratulated n Friday the Government of Uruguay for winning an international legal case brought by the Philip Morris tobacco company. Philip Morris challenged tobacco control regulations implemented by Uruguay in compliance with its obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first international public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO.

Saturday, July 9th 2016 - 09:29 UTC

Ex Guantanamo Diyab could be in Brazil, but he “is not infringing the law or on the run”

Diyab is believe to be in the Uruguay-Brazil border twin cities which has a long resident Middle East population

Jihad Ahmad Diyab, the ex Guantanamo Syrian inmate which was liberated and given refuge in Uruguay, and apparently recently crossed the border to neighboring Brazil “has not infringed any law” and is “not on the run”, according to Christian Mirza who acts as a link between the Uruguayan government and the ex Guantanamo prisoners accepted by Uruguay at the end of 2014.

Saturday, July 9th 2016 - 07:26 UTC

Uruguay wins lead case against Philip Morris over strict anti-tobacco law

“The Uruguayan state has emerged victorious and the tobacco company's claims have been roundly rejected,” President Tabare Vasquez said in national television

Uruguay won on Friday an arbitration case against US tobacco giant Philip Morris, which sued the state claiming its strict anti-tobacco law harmed the cigarette maker's business, both sides said. Philip Morris argued that Uruguay had violated terms of a bilateral investment treaty with Switzerland, where it has its main headquarters.

Saturday, July 9th 2016 - 06:15 UTC

International anti tobacco philanthropies hail Uruguay´s legal victory against Philip Morris

“This is a major victory for the people of Uruguay, it shows countries everywhere can stand up to tobacco companies and win”, said Michael R Bloomberg

In a historic public health victory that will be felt around the world, Uruguay has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold its strong laws to reduce tobacco use. The event was underlined by international philanthropies, which also supported Uruguay during the litigation.

Friday, July 8th 2016 - 04:56 UTC

Uruguayan government insists in transferring Mercosur presidency to Venezuela

A release from Uruguay's foreign ministry, which was not signed by Nin Novoa, reiterates its decision to transfer the Mercosur chair to Venezuela

Uruguay ratified on Thursday its willingness to transfer the Mercosur presidency to Venezuela despite objections from the other members, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. In a brief statement in its official site, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Uruguay, currently holding the Mercosur pro tempore chair “reiterates its position to proceed to transfer the presidency, in abidance with what is established by the current Mercosur rules”.

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