Argentine farmers and government will most probably resume negotiations on Thursday while tomorrow details of the meeting will be jointly agreed according to sources from the Ministry of Economy and published in the Buenos Aires press.
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy said on Tuesday that the negotiating documents put forward this week on agriculture and industrial goods trade proved a platform for intensified work in the coming weeks.
Chile and Uruguay lead Latinamerican countries in the Global Peace Index, GPI, while Colombia and Venezuela figure as the most violent in the region according to the 2008 GPI released this week in London and which ranks 140 nations according to their relative states of peace.
Brazil's government managed oil corporation Petrobras said on Tuesday that according to media reports it is now the third-largest publicly-traded company in the Americas.
Bishop Jorge Casaretto, head of the Argentine Catholic Church Social Pastoral Committee said that perception at the moment ”is that poverty (in Argentina) is increasing”. The statement contradicts a recent Argentine government report indicating that poverty had fallen to 20.7% in the second half of 2007 compared to the previous 23.4%.
Brazil's government managed corporation Petrobras announced plans to order 40 drilling ships and platforms worth an estimated 30 billion US dollars for delivery by 2017. The deep-water drilling ships and semi-submersible rigs will explore for oil and gas in seas up to three kilometers deep.
The French government has offered the fishing industry 110 million Euros after days of protests by fishermen over rising fuel costs. The president of the national fishing committee has called on crews to return to work.
Chile's coastline is to become a whales sanctuary announced on Wednesday Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in her annual state of the country address to Congress.
Argentina, Brazil and Chile figure among the 15 members elected on Wednesday to the Human Rights Council while Spain, Sri Lanka and Timor did not muster sufficient votes.
Youth unemployment in Chile is far higher than that of adults, and has been for years. According to a study by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the youth unemployment rate in Chile in the last ten years has been, on average, three times higher than that of adults.