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Argentina calls on Mercosur to become world’s main agro-food business region

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on September 3, 2010

by MercoPress, September 2nd, 2010.

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner called on Mercosur partners to convert the group into the world’s leading agro-food business region and to put an end to asymmetries.

“We need to deepen articulation with Brazil, which must include Uruguay and Paraguay”, said Mrs Kirchner in her closing speech before the Argentine seminar on the Agro-food, Agro-industry Strategic Plan 2010/2016.

She put as an example the contract signed with the Argentine-Belgian company Hidrovía to dredge and signal 650 kilometres of the River Parana from the River Paraguay south to the River Plate, heartland of Argentina’s rich farm land and the natural access for landlocked Paraguay.

“This is the main watercourse of Mercosur and is vital for fluvial transport and trade in the region”, said the Argentine president.

Mrs. Kirchner added that “we need to move forward with other infrastructure projects towards the Pacific, as proposed by Brazil so we become the most important countries in food production. We call on all members to definitively end with asymmetries and processing of commodities in origin”. (continue reading… )

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