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.

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Mercosur Formalizes Observer Petition in SICA

July 2013

Today the official request was made to join, as an observer, the Central American Integration System, appointing Ivan Ramalho, to act in that instance. reports: "The resolution was adopted by the bloc's foreign ministers, meeting in the Common Market Council (CMC), which prepared the statement later to be signed by the presidents."

Time to Choose Partners: Pacific Alliance or Mercosur?

June 2013

The inclination of Latin American governments when deciding which commercial block to join, is clearly marked by their ideological distinctions.


While describing the launch of the Pacific Alliance as a "successful exercise in media diplomacy" in an analysis of the issue in his article in, Alejandro Rebossio highlights the features of this block and those of Mercosur, noting that in just one year of existence, the Pacific countries have achieved more in institutional and commercial integration, than the Atlantic block.

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).

Guatemala to press for accord with Mercosur

May 2008

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.

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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