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Ex Brazilian minister calls for treating Argentina gently, “not with a cannon ball”

Monday, May 30th 2011 - 06:05 UTC
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Former Brazilian Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Miguel Jorge Former Brazilian Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Miguel Jorge

Former Brazilian Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Miguel Jorge decided to weight in on the bilateral trade conflict currently affecting Brazil and Argentina, and surprisingly came out in defence of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration, comparing President Rousseff’s move to impose non-automatic licenses on car and auto-parts imports as “firing a cannon ball.”

Jorge, who served as former president Lula da Silva’s minister in the last four years of his government, suggested the Brazilian government to “be patient and gentle with Argentina” during trade negotiations, comparing the decision made by the Rousseff administration to restrict vehicle imports to “firing a cannon ball” against the local government.

Argentine and Brazilian negotiators toned down the bilateral trade conflict and remarked that there’s a new meeting between both sides next Thursday in Brasilia.

“We are to Argentina what, despite some large differences, China is for Brazil. The population, the GDP and Brazilian industrial production rates are several times larger than in Argentina,” he said.

He stated, however, that the trade conflict with Argentina “is not a constant” and recalled that during Lula da Silva’s administration “both parts always found a way to come to an agreement”.

Brazil’s Development, Industry and Foreign Trade minister Fernando Pimentel confirmed bilateral negotiations this week and admitted that the latest discussions in Buenos Aires marked advances but not an agreement for the elimination of non automatic import licences. “”We advanced; there was no failure or impasse, we are going to overcome differences”.

The two senior Mercosur partners have a long story of trade disputes and both have applied non automatic import licences, Argentina on a more regular basis. However eventually understandings are reached and trade normalized.

Pimentel revealed the Argentine negotiators had sounded Brazil with the possibility of applying a system of “voluntary non automatic import licences”, but “the issue is complicated, a bit difficult, and before we consider the proposal we must consult with the private sector”.
 

Categories: Economy, Politics, Argentina, Brazil.

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  • xbarilox

    “and surprisingly came out in defence of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration” surprisingly for you Mercopress.

    In this video he explains it all better.
    http://economia.estadao.com.br/videos/videos,m-jorge-brasil-e-a-china-da-argentina,139190,c,0.htm

    May 30th, 2011 - 06:37 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    We are just seeing the Brasilian political establishment, big beasts, and ex-big beasts gently and not so gently showing Rousseff that she will not get an unchallenged ride as she goes through her years of presidency.
    They are saying to her “you are not one of us”; something Lula 'said' when he went to Brasilia last week to defend the currupt indefensible. He was saying “Rousseff, you are in my seat and I want it back soon”. . . . God help Brasil!

    May 30th, 2011 - 01:20 pm 0
  • briton

    Yes treat them like babies, and you may well get rewarded,
    just dont turn around, Argentina is big enough and ugly enough to stand on her own two feet, all she has to do, is do it herself,
    then she dont need to be pampered, just a thought .

    May 30th, 2011 - 06:47 pm 0
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