Guatemala to press for accord with Mercosur

Guatemala's Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas said that, at the Central American summit on May 29 in El Salvador, he intends to press for a commercial agreement with the South American common market, Mercosur.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rodas said that President Alvaro Colom and the Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently agreed to kick-start the stalled trade talks between Central America and Mercosur.

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Uruguay and Costa Rica Agree on Cooperation

April 2009

The limitations imposed by its larger partners in Mercosur prevent Uruguay from progressing toward an FTA.

In this context, what was left was to sign a series of cooperation agreements in the areas of trade, postal services, education and technology.

Presidents Oscar Arias and Tabaré Vásquez announced the creation of a Uruguay-Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce "which will help expand trade between both nations."

An Absurd Proposal: Central America - Mercosur FTA

March 2013

The Foreign Minister of Uruguay is touring the isthmus proposing an FTA with Mercosur, even though the President of the very same country describes it as "a bad customs union".


The Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, is touring the Central American countries, saying that he is mandated by the countries of the southern block to propose to Central America, a free trade agreement with Mercosur.

Mercosur: Not a Trade Alliance But An Ideological One

June 2013

The entry of Venezuela to the South American block has consolidated its character as being driven more by domestic political considerations that modern commercial criteria.

"We need to get rid of this straight jacket, since we will not conclude any agreement while having Argentina and Venezuela as partners," said Roberto Giannetti, director of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Trade of the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (Fiesp).

Brazil's Lula flies in to seek alliance with Central America

May 2008

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is flying in tomorrow to El Salvador to explore the possibilities of a trading alliance between Central America and the South American alliance, Mercosur.

Spokesman Marcelo Baumbach said Lula is slated to address a Brazil-Central America business forum tomorrow.

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