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Neves pledges a deep reform of Mercosur and opening to the world, if he wins

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 00:20 UTC
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Trade expert Rubens said Neves will propose reforms and will not accept Mercosur members ignoring rules or regulations Trade expert Rubens said Neves will propose reforms and will not accept Mercosur members ignoring rules or regulations

Deep reforms and opening Mercosur to the world will be proposed by opposition candidate Aecio Neves to the other full members, if finally he is elected to lead Brazil in the 26 October runoff against president Dilma Rousseff, said Rubens Barbosa a trade expert, former ambassador in the US and currently coordinator of the opposition government program.

“Neves will not accept other members ignoring the rules and regulations of Mercosur, but all reforms will be in dialogue and consultation with members and neighbors”, said Barbosa.

“If Aecio wins the runoff, Brazil will dialogue with its partners, because Brazil wants a deep reform of the block, an important review of all those issues related to trade”, insisted trade expert Barbosa.

He added that a government of Neves will not accept any of its members ignoring rules, regulations and deadlines of the Mercosur treaty, or keeping the block isolated “as is the case nowadays”.

Barbosa said that Neves is a man of dialogue, “but we are not going to accept what has happened in recent years which has paralyzed Mercosur, isolated it from trade negotiations and Brazil tied to the consensus clause, unable to negotiate with third parties. The ideal is for Mercosur to negotiate jointly”.

For the current government of president Dilma Rousseff, (and its predecessor Lula da Silva) Mercosur has been a foreign policy priority despite its difficulties with some of its fellow members such as Argentina, which has frustrated the opening of the block and delayed the cooperation and trade agreement with the European Union. Negotiations with the EU took off in 1999.

The policy of Lula da Silva and Rousseff, and their foreign affairs advisor Marco Aurelio Garcia has been to consolidate Brazil's influence in South America, and the Caribbean, even if this meant leaving aside other global trade options. Besides a significant sector of the manufacturing lobby in Brazil prefers to keep control of its domestic market and limit foreign competition.

Neves is aligned with the other group which favors opening to the world, less government intervention, greater emphasis from the private sector and ensuring direct long term foreign investment.

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    Marina Silva tonight pledged her votes completely to Aecio Neves.

    So those voting President Dilma will continue to do so, those voting for Aecio Neves will do so once again, but the majority of those who voted for Marina Silva will swing the vote for Aecio Neves to win.

    This evening we watched the two Petrobras songbirds on National television singing about how normal it was to skim 3 % or more from each and every Petrobras contract.

    So much for me, so much to the PT, and all in the millions, and all so normal an occurrence.

    Not in Veja magazine, Fbear, but on national television. Rest assured the PF is on it investigating. I suspect this is just the beginning, and only the tip of the iceberg.

    Oct 13th, 2014 - 12:58 am 0
  • Chicureo

    There is perhaps hope for “the country of the future” will finally decide to embrace the present. Time to ditch the old hag in Buenos Aires and the bus driver to seek the world. I'm certain Paraguay will accept, and hopefully a new middle Uruguayan government.

    Oct 13th, 2014 - 02:04 am 0
  • ChrisR

    If Neves does win and manages to carry out reforms within Brazil there will be great social upheaval when the idle bastards in the unions realise they will have to work for a living.

    That will be a novel experience.

    Oct 13th, 2014 - 10:45 am 0
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