A draft bill signed by fourteen Argentine lawmakers from the political spectrum calls for all national teams to include in their uniforms the crest of the Islands and the motto “Las Islas Malvinas son argentinas” (The Malvinas islands are Argentine).The sponsors want the bill approved on time for the inauguration of the Olympic Games next year in London.
Planning Minister, Julio De Vido said that “Argentina is again aiming at the long term and this is only possible due to the numerous productive projects” in the country and the close articulation between the State and industry.
Argentine Industry Minister, Débora Giorgi, came on stage Tuesday at the Industrial Union’s annual conference to defend the “Kirchnerite economic model”, and warned that in order to keep an average growth of 7% as asked by businessmen, they would have to increase their annual investments to 30 billion dollars.
Australian scientists have discovered two huge sunken islands in the Indian Ocean west of Perth. The islands, about the size of Tasmania, were once part of the super-continent Gondwana and are more than 1.5km underwater.
It was to be a “complaints as usual day” plus the announcement Uruguay is poised for another year of record exports, close to 12 billion dollars. But the speaker contracted for the celebration of Exporter’s Day left the Uruguayan business audience and government officials quite surprised.
“Negotiations are on the right track” and should be concluded in coming months, said Uruguayan sources adding that one of the current difficulties is what will happen with the Argentine negotiating team, following December 10 when re-elected President Cristina Fernandez takes office for her second consecutive four year mandate.
European Union and Latin American leaders called for a quicker pace in concluding the EU/Mercosur cooperation and trade negotiations. The statement took place during the meeting in Brussels of the Euro-Latinamerica Parliamentary assembly.
Uruguay’s Vice president Danilo Astori downplayed the effects of Argentina’s restrictive measures for the purchase of dollars and forecasted an excellent summer season with hundreds of thousands of Argentines tourists visiting Uruguay.
Uruguay’s Central bank sees “few probabilities” of a strong deceleration in emerging economies or a ‘significant’ fall in commodities prices even when lately there has been a drop in the value of grains although still above their historic average.
Brazil’s Foreign Affairs minister Antonio Patriota said Brasilia supports Uruguay in its controversy with France following President Nicholas Sarkozy claim, at the recent G20 summit, that Uruguay was a ‘fiscal haven’.