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Lula's recent trip is a formal expression of the growth of the political and economic influence of Brazil in the region, which traditionally is the back yard of Mexico.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The progress and the establishment of Brazil as a South American economic and political leader was already clear when it was incorporated, as a regional observer, into the System of Central American Integration (SICA) in 2008. Since that time, it began to enhance its relationship with this region, which it has visited three times in the last thirteen months.

In his analysis of the issue, Andrés Oppenheimer notes: "In spite of the fact that it is the most populous and largest country of Latin America, Brazil was for a long time a sleeping giant that did not want to have a lot to do with its neighbors and it was not involved in the political conflicts of the region, to which many joked that Brazil was a 'vegetarian dinosaur.' But by end of the 90´s, when Brazil put its economy in order, the country gradually increased its economic and political leadership in the region."

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A commission from EMBRAPA arrived on Sunday in Honduras to fine tune details for the installation of a regional office for Central America and the Caribbean.

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This move seeks to intensify the relationship between Brazil and Central America, especially regarding trade and commerce.

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During the visit by the president of Brazil, Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, Brazilian businessmen indicated that they are interested in exploring for oil and gas in Guatemala.

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Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva highlighted that El Salvador 'has all the conditions to become a relevant exporter of ethanol to the U.S.".

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