Brazil’s Lula Warns that Mercosur Needs to Mature Fast to Achieve Integration

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, of Brazil, said today that the larger countries in Mercosur, namely Brazil and Argentina, must help the smaller ones – Paraguay and Uruguay – develop themselves.

"My thesis is that stronger countries should always be more generous in order to help the poorer ones," he said, after attending the opening of the Consultative Forum of Mercosur Municipalities, States, Provinces and Departments, at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the southeastern Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Lula was discussing the proposal made by Brazil for making some of the trade rules for Paraguay and Uruguay more flexible, with the objective of increasing exports of those countries to the remaining countries in the bloc. The issue is under discussion at the Mercosur Summit, taking place today and tomorrow in Rio, but is meeting resistance from Argentina.

"That was how the European Union managed to help in the development of Spain, Portugal and Greece, and now they are helping their new partners develop," said the Brazilian president. "That is what larger countries should do," he claimed.

In Lula's assessment, integration between South American countries must be fully-fledged: political, cultural, social, economic and commercial.

"The businessmen know how to do their work, but governments must evolve in order to understand that we must cater to the interests of other countries instead of just seeking to serve our own interests," the president claimed.

Lula added, though, that South America is aware of the fact that "we must either grow politically and mature fast, overcoming the smaller problems in each country, or we will finish our terms in office without achieving integration."

Anba – www.anba.com.br

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Promises Minimum Primary Surplus of 4.25%

Brazil’s 2006 budget primary surplus will have a "floor of 4.25% of GDP" forecasted ...

Brazil to Increase Coffee Production by Up to 23% This Year

Coffee crop in Brazil this year may beat the 48.48 million bag record, the ...

Brazil: Ecologists Mad at Lula

Brazilian environmental groups are not happy with the measures taken by a government that ...

Confessed Murderer of Indian Released from Jail in Brazil

The man who confessed to the murder of Dorvalino Rocha, a Guarani Kaiowá leader ...

Swiss JetBird Orders Up to 100 Jets from Brazil’s Embraer

Embraer announced that Geneva-based JetBird has acquired 50 Phenom 100 jets and has placed ...

To Brazil, Argentina Is Not In Default, But Simply in an Impasse

Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega says he would not classify as default Argentina’s situation ...

Netherlands and Belgium Will Help Brazil Recycle Rubble

Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology’s Mineral Technology Center (Cetem) is beginning a project ...

Brazil’s Lula Gets Royal Grade Treatment in London

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva initiated his first State visit to the ...

Year-End Cheers: Brazil Stock Market Celebrates 43.4% Gain in 2007

Bovespa, Brazil's main stock market, ended an exceptional 2007 with a turnover of US$ ...

Brazil’s Tourism Black and Blues

When African Americans talk about traveling to Brazil, two types of tourism tend to ...