Brazil’s Lula Goes on a Good-Bye Tour Spreading Money and Good Will

Lula happy in Mexico Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is on a tour of Latin America that started February 22 and is taking him to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. It will be a busy trip. The agenda is varied and a little controversial. This is Lula’s last year of an 8-year presidency.

First, Lula went to Mexico for the Group of Rio and the new Latin America and Caribbean (CALC) summits. The latter is a new regional organization that pointedly excludes the United States together with Canada.

The US ambassador in Brasília, Thomas Shannon, played down the slight saying that the OAS (Organization of American States), the regional organization that does include the US, will only grow in importance over time.

A total of 33 presidents attended the Mexico summit and, among other things, they started the process to put an end to the crisis in Honduras and smooth the way for that country’s return to the international community.

Honduras was excluded from the Organization of American States in June following a coup that ousted an elected president (Zelaya). It is expected that CALC will recognize the government of Porfirio Lobo if it moves in the direction of national reconciliation by halting all action against the former president (Zelaya) and his followers.

In response to the beginning of petroleum exploration operations by a British oil rig off the coast of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands the presidents emitted a document recognizing Argentine sovereignty over the islands.

After Mexico, Lula went to Cuba for his fourth visit as president of Brazil. In Havana, Lula will announce Brazilian investments in the construction of the largest port in the Caribbean in that country. Brazil is contributing with at least US$ 150 million to the construction of the Mariel port.

Then, Lula will spend four to six hours in Haiti. That will be enough time for him to set up a partnership agreement with the government of René Preval for the reconstruction of the country devastated by an earthquake on Jan 12. Lula will offer assistance in road building, civil construction and fishing.

Lula will then travel to El Salvador to meet the recently elected president Mauricio Funes who is married to a Brazilian, Vanda Pignato, who was active in Lula’s political party, the PT, when she lived in Brazil.

Funes has publicly said that Lula is a political model for him. The two presidents will sign a partnership contract that will include a loan of around US$ 500 million from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for small businesses in El Salvador.

ABr

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil President Sees Crisis as Chance to Create New Global Economic Order

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva urged unions and workers to ...

Brazil’s Textile Industry Urges Prompt Sanctions Against China

Management and employees of the São Paulo textile industry, which represents 40% of domestic ...

There Goes Brazil from Haiti and the Country’s Hopes for a UN Permanent Seat

Brazil’s leadership in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) may be coming ...

Brazil’s Lula Denounces Farm Subsidies and Trade Barriers at UN

Talking in New York in front of over 100 leaders from all over the ...

Lula Sends New Minimum Wage Bill to Brazilian Congress

In a formal ceremony today, Brazilian ministers Jaques Wagner, the head of the Secretariat ...

Petrobras Surplus 600% Bigger than Last Year’s

Together the greater supply of Brazilian oil for export, the reduction of spread (the ...

Will the Gringo Win?

A shrill blast on the whistle marked the end of the capoeira game. The ...

New Auction for Brazil’s Varig Only Next Week If Airline Can Survive That Long

Around 200 foreign airlines are accepting tickets for flights on Varig, which also resumed ...

Letters

Are they serious?In your March edition in the “Rapidinhas” section you listed a short ...

Brazil Tries to Change the US Mind on Plane Sale to Venezuela

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva assured Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, that the ...