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Montevideo, July 25th 2024 - 06:22 UTC


  • Monday, May 13th 2024 - 10:48 UTC

    Brazil to buy rice from Mercosur countries to feed storm-hit Rio Grande do Sul

    “We're going to have to import rice from Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina,” Lula said upon announcing the initiative

    Brazil's National Supply Company (Conab) has been entrusted with purchasing one million tons of rice to feed the people of Rio Grande do Sul and avoid the intervention of middle people seeking a black market profit from the victims of the unprecedented storms. Under normal circumstances, Rio Grande do Sul accounts for 70% of Brazil's rice production.

  • Friday, May 10th 2024 - 20:27 UTC

    New incident between Argentine forces and illegal Paraguayan fishermen

    Argentina's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly turned a blind eye to the conflict, Valdés said

    The Governor of the Argentine province of Corrientes Gustavo Valdés insisted that the Foreign Ministry and the Senate should get involved after another clash was reported between unauthorized Paraguayan fishermen and the Coast Guard (Prefectura Naval Argentina - PNA). “I hope they take care and do not continue denying the conflict as they have been,” Valdés underlined.

  • Thursday, May 9th 2024 - 10:23 UTC

    Paraguayan exports grow 15% in April

    Shipments to the Americas accounted for most of Paraguay's sales abroad last month

    Paraguay's Export Single Window Consortium (Convue) confirmed this week that shipments in the first four months of 2024 reached US$ 2,790 million, representing a US$ 380 million yoy increase as per the Single Export Window System (DGVUE), under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, based on certificates of origin.

  • Tuesday, May 7th 2024 - 18:57 UTC

    Paraguay: Waterway master plan called for amid discouraging weather forecast

    The Paraguay-Paraná Waterway is fundamental for Paraguay's foreign trade

    Water levels below average at the Paraná-Paraguay river waterway have traders concerned over the future of their business. However, there seems to be consensus on the need to develop a master plan to tackle the grim situation stemming from discouraging precipitation forecasts despite abundant rainfall in recent weeks.

  • Monday, May 6th 2024 - 20:34 UTC

    After EU June elections, agreement with Mercosur can be reached: “A matter of time and timing”, EU negotiator

    For Rupert Schlegelmilch, the agreement with Mercosur “is a complicated process but it is a also matter of time and timing”

    The Mercosur/European Union trade and cooperation agreement, “is a complicated process but it is also a matter of time and timing”, according to Rupert Schlegelmilch, chief EU negotiator of the accord who recently visited Mercosur country and associate members to meet government officials and business groups to confirm EU's determination to finish the deal.

  • Saturday, May 4th 2024 - 10:59 UTC

    Japanese PM discusses Mercosur FTA with Paraguay's President

    Kishida underlined that Paraguay was a reliable partner

    Paraguayan President Santiago Peña and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Friday in Asunción to strengthen bilateral ties as well as to further discuss a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Southern Common Market (Mercosur). Peña, who holds the group's rotating presidency, expressed in a statement his “fervent desire” to “move forward with a free trade agreement between Mercosur and Japan.”

  • Friday, May 3rd 2024 - 20:11 UTC

    Bolivia's Assembly fails to move on with Mercosur joining protocol

    It was not the first time the Mercosur issue was prevented from being debated upon

    The Lower House of Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) Thursday failed to approve the country's accession to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) after Speaker Israel Huaytari adjourned the session during which the matter was to be debated. Lawmakers loyal to former President Evo Morales are said to oppose the “Protocol of Accession of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to Mercosur” initiative.

  • Tuesday, April 30th 2024 - 11:16 UTC

    In 23 years bilateral trade between Latin America and China soared 35 times

    Brazil remains the main trade partner of China in the region and in a very special year, when the two countries are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic ties

    Trade between China and Latin American countries surpassed US$ 480 billion in 2023, compared to a mere US$ 14 billion back in 2000, based on data from the Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China (AGA) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC.

  • Friday, April 26th 2024 - 10:56 UTC

    Brazil to discourage steel imports?

    The measure still needs to be greenlighted by Brazil's Mercosur partners

    Brazilian authorities announced this week that new measures will be in force concerning the import of steel products. In a move to discourage such practices, goods exceeding the quota of 11 items will be charged higher taxes, Agencia Brasil reported. In other words, if the maximum volume is exceeded, the import duty, currently ranging between 9% and 14.4%, will reach 25%, the Chamber of Foreign Commerce explained. The initiative seeks to prevent unfair competition with domestic steel.

  • Thursday, April 25th 2024 - 10:50 UTC

    Before Milei, Uruguayan President Lacalle Pou calls for a “strong State” to defend freedom

    In his address to the audience, Lacalle Pou threw a missile in front of Milei, stating, “Without social cohesion, there is no possibility of enjoying individual freedom.”

    In a gathering of prominent figures from the political and business spheres, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou emphasized the importance of a strong state to ensure individual freedom during the “freedom dinner” organized by Fundación Libertad in Buenos Aires. The event, attended by former Argentine President Mauricio Macri, current Argentine President Javier Milei, and other distinguished guests, provided a platform for discussions on liberty, democracy, and economic freedom.