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Montevideo, June 17th 2024 - 17:54 UTC


  • Tuesday, March 12th 2024 - 10:34 UTC

    Charges filed against former Paraguayan President for misuse of confidential data

    Abdo is said to have tried to “weaken” Cartes and Peña within the ANR

    Paraguayan prosecutors agreed Monday to press charges against former President Mario Abdo Benítez following complaints filed by fellow former head of state Horacio Cartes, it was reported in Asunción. Although both leaders belong to the Colorado Party -also known as the National Republican Alliance or ANR- Cartes currently chairs the grouping.

  • Monday, March 11th 2024 - 11:04 UTC

    Paraguay, the best place in the region for business, says FGV

    Paraguay topped the FGV report while Argentina climbed significantly with the first measures announced by President Milei

    The Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) released this weekend by Brazil's Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) highlighted Paraguay as the Mecca for business ventures in the region given the country's outstanding performance.

  • Monday, March 11th 2024 - 10:44 UTC

    Paraguay strikes deal with FBI to tackle organized crime

    Domestic Security Deputy Minister Oscar Pereira and National Police Chief Carlos Benítez signed the document on behalf of the South American country

    Paraguayan authorities signed an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States to fight organized crime in “an unprecedented event” of cooperation between the two countries, it was reported. The deal provides for the creation of a group specialized in identifying threats and preventing major events affecting domestic and regional security.

  • Friday, March 8th 2024 - 10:44 UTC

    No backtracking on Rule 1115, EU envoy tells Paraguayan producers

    Pitto also said his trip was to “see the efforts” Paraguay was making to guarantee that its products” do not come from deforested land

    European Union (EU) Environment Commission envoy Emanuele Pitto told Paraguayan exporters Thursday in Asunción that there would be no turning back from Rule 1115 banning raw materials and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation. The measure not allowing imports nor exports of these goods has been in force since June 29 last year.

  • Wednesday, March 6th 2024 - 09:59 UTC

    Paraguay reports 0% inflation in February, but at what cost?

    Paraguay today has the strongest macroeconomic scenario in Latin America, President Santiago Peña said earlier this year in Spain

    Paraguay's Central Bank (BCP) announced this week that inflation in February amounted to 0% from January's values despite increases in education and food, particularly eggs, it was reported in Asunción. In the same month last year, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) had gone up 0.5%. However, these achievements have a price tag.

  • Tuesday, March 5th 2024 - 09:19 UTC

    Fight against corruption a priority for the US, Nephew tells Peña

    Nephew met with Peña in Asunción

    US Global Anti-Corruption Coordinator Richard Nephew told Paraguayan President Santiago Peña in Asunción on Monday that Washington would “continue to use a full range of tools to advance US priorities in anti-corruption activities, including strengthening capabilities in criminal justice and oversight of accountability institutions.”

  • Monday, March 4th 2024 - 09:45 UTC

    US Anti-Corruption envoy back in Paraguay

    Nephew had been in Asunción in October of 2022

    US State Department Global Anti-Corruption Coordinator Richard Nephew arrived in Paraguay Sunday in his second visit to the South American country, Asunción's Última Hora reported. Starting Monday, he is to meet with government officials “to analyze current challenges and identify other areas of possible collaboration.”

  • Friday, March 1st 2024 - 10:23 UTC

    Emergency declared in Paraguay's Ciudad del Este amid growing crime rate

    Some 200 law enforcement officers would be sent in from Asunción, Governor Landy Torres explained

    The Paraguayan enclave of Ciudad del Este, the capital of the department of Alto Paraná, on the border with Argentina and Brazil, has been declared under emergency due to a growing wave of insecurity. Mayor Miguel Prieto spoke of an “unsustainable” situation with many robberies “that we only see in movies.” The measure will be in force for 30 days but might be extended to deal with “repeated criminal events.”

  • Thursday, February 29th 2024 - 11:40 UTC

    EU-Mercosur deal not this year, Peña says

    Neither Mercosur nor Paraguay will stand idly waiting for Europe's decisions, Peña stressed

    Paraguayan President Santiago Peña, who holds the pro-tempore presidency of the South American Common Market (Mercosur), ruled out Wednesday in Madrid an agreement with the European Union (EU) this year while insisting that his trip to Spain was more to offer than to ask.

  • Monday, February 26th 2024 - 11:04 UTC

    Paraguayan President kicks off busy agenda in Spain

    Peña is to stay in Spain until March 1

    Paraguayan President Santiago Peña landed in Barcelona Sunday for a series of engagements with Spanish authorities, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and King Felipe VI. In the meantime, the South American leader held encounters with local businessmen and Barcelona City officials.