The Uruguay/Argentina controversy over the construction of pulp mills escalated another step Monday when the Finnish company Botnia, next to Uruguayan government officials, announced in Montevideo the plant would begin production next September, which is a month before presidential elections in Argentina.
China's largest domestic automaker announced Friday the opening of an assembly plant in Uruguay with an Argentine partner, marking the first investment by a Chinese company in an auto factory in South America.
Uruguayan and Argentine delegates will meet next April 18/20 in Madrid to address the ongoing pulp mill controversy, following on the dialogue facilitating efforts sponsored by the King of Spain at the end of last year.
An important delegation of Uruguayan businessmen will be traveling with President Tabare Vazquez to Chile next April 9/10 to promote bilateral trade and business between both countries, according to Montevideo sources.
Uruguay's economy expanded 7% in 2006 boosted by the communications and transport sectors according to the latest release from the country's Central Bank.
Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez travels to Chile next April 9/10 to hold meetings with his counterpart Michelle Bachelet and to advance negotiations for a lower tariffs system between Mercosur and Chile, announced Tuesday Reinaldo Gargano, Uruguay's Foreign Affairs minister.
Uruguay and Argentina are set to resume talks over the pulp mills controversy towards the end of April in Spain and with King Juan Carlos at the table, according to Argentine diplomatic sources, reports the Buenos Aires press.
Standing next to visiting US president George Bush, Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said Saturday his country supports an open integration process for the region, but is also fully supportive of a strong regional integration process.
In spite of the simultaneous blockading by Argentine pickets of the three bridges leading to Uruguay, President Tabare Vazquez reiterated during a joint press conference on Saturday next to visiting US President George Bush that he will not negotiate while the blockades persist.
Uruguay's summer season (December/March) attracted 650.000 foreign tourists of which 412.000 Argentines and 115.000 Brazilians according to an official release Thursday from the Ministry of Tourism. Overall the season was described as good but less promising than 2005/06.