Brazil's Lula flies in to seek alliance with Central America
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.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Spokesman Marcelo Baumbach said Lula is slated to address a Brazil-Central America business forum tomorrow. Later he will attend the summit of the Central American Integration System, where he will meet with the region's presidents.
Deputy economy ministers of Central America and the Dominican Republic met in San Salvador to evaluate the region's trade agreements with other countries.
During the visit by the Salvadoran President, the government of Brazil offered technical cooperation for ethanol production.
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.
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.
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