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UK offers Paraguay cooperation in transport and infrastructure at embassy ceremony

Friday, October 4th 2013 - 07:05 UTC
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The UK is back in full force in Latinamerica, and particularly in Paraguay, the fastest growing economy in the region, said Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire during the inauguration of the British embassy in Asunción, which had been shut down back in 2005. Read full article


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  • Conqueror

    Your enemy is our enemy. How convenient that your enemy was already our enemy. There can be little doubt that a certain corrupt, criminal, genocidal, larcenous, mendacious state to the south is the enemy of every civilised nation. How does it go? “The enemy of our enemy is our friend.” Argieland is the UK's enemy. Argieland is Paraguay's enemy. Virtually automatic collaboration and co-operation. No doubt the USA will follow us in.

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    It's good to be back!

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    A tribute to the beautiful city of Recife-PE.

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • dutchpy

    Expertise is needed and very welcome. Paraguay landlocked so: ZEPPELINs are the air transport future of goods. Fast electric trains to Chile and Brazil. Highways interstate and to our respected neighbours. Great future: and finally TIME is MONEY !!

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 02:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Good people of Paraguay, please don't take any transport tips from the UK government which thinks it is a good idea to spend £50,000,000,000 or so on a railway to save 20 minutes on a 180km journey between London and Birmingham, both of which are dumps.

    However, the (expensive) trains in the UK rarely crash.

    Where can I buy coffee from Paraguay?

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 04:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    This all about something much bigger and part of a wider plan. Don't worry about us, we know exactly what we are doing. Brand UK will be knitting itself very deeply into Latam in the coming decade.

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Paraguay. Please listen to Mr Ed. The railways built by Britain in wankerland, and elsewhere, only lasted around 150 years without appropriate maintenance. Best to listen to a talking horse!

    Oct 04th, 2013 - 09:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    activate the railway system this is a joke?! right??
    The uk has one of the worst railway system in Europe!!!
    Go to Spain or France and you will see 21st century fast train railway
    systems in action..........

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 02:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    ...and Argentina's are 19th century.

    I notice you didn't suggest we look at yours.

    LOL, even you tacitly admit they're crap!

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 02:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Spanish trains are good ......but don't take corners too well.

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 08:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @8 I wonder if you've ever “thought”? Some statistics for you. Area, population, population density.

    UK 94,060 sq mi 63,181,775 661.9/sq mi
    Spain 195,364 sq mi 46,704,324 240/sq mi
    France 246,201 sq mi 65,950,000 301/sq mi

    If you're having trouble seeing the relevance, let me explain. Spain has about 100,000 square miles more than the UK. And France has another 50,000 square miles on top. Just on that basis alone, where do you expect the UK to put this rail system?
    The UK has more than twice the population density of France and nearly three times that of Spain. Same question. And do you expect the UK to go around demolishing people's homes and ruining what remains of our countryside for the sake of a rail system? It's alright fro somewhere like Oz. Mostly desert that no-one wants.
    Who built most of the railway system in argieland? Well, Britain did actually. And who screwed it up? Cannot tell a lie. Argieland did that all by itself. And guess who created the railway in Paraguay? The English. English engineers and an English company to supply locomotives, wagons, rails, etc. And who screwed it up. The Paraguayan government. But the origin of the railway did take place during and after the War of the Triple Alliance. So argieland and Brazil must take a fair amount of the blame for the Paraguayan government not having the funds or the manpower to continue development.
    And now, at last, the UK will be able to return to Paraguay and bring its rail system into the 21st century.

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Far be it from me to contradict you but the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow supplied many of the steam locomotives used in Paraguay. I know you are a stickler for accuracy in your posts and I am sure that this just slipped your memory.
    Remember“aussie ” is a troll who just wants to wind up the Brits. by any non relevant info. he can find. I am surprised he did not have an item about the Tay Bridge disaster to prove his point.

    Oct 05th, 2013 - 09:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    Dont encourage him clyde or we will get a poem about that disaster to rival even Magonagle !

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 12:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    * 12 Thanks for mentioning the Tay bridge disaster!! proves my point......

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 01:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    It just proves you are a twat.

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 08:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    *15 Tell you what I think of you: You a little man who has no intelligence and only writes bullshit and I ask myself why am I answering your pathetic comments so from now I shall put you on the ignore button........... You can stick your stupid sickening remarks where it fits........

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    *16 Doonhaimer.I think what Aussie is trying to tellyou that he came up the Clyde on the last shower?

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @12 I wouldn't want to argue with you. However, I was referring to the period between 1854 and 1859. Since the North British Locomotive Company wasn't created until 1903, it might have had some difficulty in supplying anything in the appropriate period. In fact, The Paraguayan government turned to its agents in London J & A Blyth of Limehouse, London.
    @16 You have an ignore button? Where do you get one? Do you have to have a separate button for each “little man who has no intelligence and only writes bullshit”? Or does one button work for you all?

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    It would seem that Cartes is talking to a Swiss group who are prepared to invest U$D800m in resusitating the main railway line Asuncion - Encarnacion

    Oct 06th, 2013 - 02:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I WOULD stick my remarks where it fits if I could but you are too far away (not in OZ) to reach.
    To extrapolate the result of a railway disaster 134 years ago to current rail design in the UK proves my point.
    We did build another rather special railway bridge across the Forth in 1890 which is still as good as on the day it was made.

    Oct 07th, 2013 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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