In a climate of renewal, Bolsonaro participates in the Mercosul summit

With proposals for the renewal and opening of new free trade agreements with the world, President Jair Bolsonaro and the other presidents of the Mercosul and associated nations will hold the 54th in Santa Fe, Argentina. Summit of Heads of State of the South American bloc, with the objective of consolidating the institution's new course.

Today, during the Mercosul summit, Argentine President Maurício Macri will pass the post of pro-presidency (rotating position) of Mercosul to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The presidency pro empore of Mercosul is a position held for six months by a head of state of one of the member countries. 

In a preparatory session for the summit of heads of state heads of state, the foreign ministers of Mercosul and invited countries met yesterday (16) in the same Argentine city to give the finishing touches to the new dynamics of the South American bloc . "We are doing very ambitious things," said Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, referring to the recent agreement with the European Union and the agreements planned for this year with EFTA (a group of countries formed by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and Canada and next year with the Republic of Korea. 

"Our proposal is to consolidate this new Mercosul. We are renewing [the bloc] in large part from Brazilian proposals, "said Araújo. "And also create very specific advances that will make a difference in the lives of others," he added, citing the agreement approved yesterday that withdraws the collection of extra charges for those who use the mobile phone through the roaming system in travel within Mercosul. "This makes a very large reduction of costs, business facilitation, including facilitation for the life of tourists, everyone who travels to other countries," said the Brazilian foreign minister. The elimination of roaming charges in Mercosul depends, however, on the approval of the National Congress of each country. 

Speaking about future agreements to be signed by Mercosul, Ernesto Araújo said the Brazilian government's expectation is "to achieve good agreements for Brazil and other [Mercosul] countries in international trade." 

In addition to presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Maurício Macri, the presidents of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, and Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, will also attend the summit of the Mercosul Heads of State. Presidents of two associated states will also be present: from Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and from Bolivia, Evo Morales. 


Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said yesterday (16) after the Mercosul foreign ministers meeting that Venezuela could rejoin the bloc "when it recovers its democracy in full." He said, however, that this will take "a very long time". 

Pacific countries

The secretary of Economic Relations of the Argentine Foreign Ministry, Horacio Reyser, said that Mercosul intends a strategic approach with the Pacific Alliance. The Pacific Alliance is a Latin American trade bloc formally created in 2012 in Chile. The founding members were Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Costa Rica joined the group in 2013. 

"We [Argentines] already have free trade with three of the four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Chile, Colombia and Peru." According to him, only free trade with Mexico is lacking. 

* With information from the Argentine agency Télam. 

Posting: Marina Carvejani 
Author: Agência Brasil
Source: Notícias Agrícolas