Bolivia Starts Process to Join Mercosur at Brazil’s Summit

The Common Market Council, comprised of foreign ministers and ministers of economy of the Mercosur countries, decided to fulfill Bolivian president Evo Morales' request, placed on December 21st, for his country to enter the bloc. Mercosur in holding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, its annual summit.

For such, a workgroup will be formed by representatives of the bloc's member countries and of Bolivia in order to define the terms of integration. A period of 180 days was set for conclusion of the works.

The Council also decided to establish the Mercosur Social Institute (ISM), to be based in Assunción, Paraguay, whose general objectives will be "contributing to the consolidation of social issues as key to the development of Mercosur."

Other goals will be to collaborate on the elaboration of regional social policies; to systematize and update regional social indicators; to promote the exchange of best practices in the social field; to promote cooperation mechanisms; and to identify sources of funding.

In order to strengthen democracy in the region, the Council also decided to establish the Mercosur Democracy Observatory (ODM), which, among other tasks, will accompany election processes in member states and carry out studies on the consolidation of democracy.

The Council also approved the establishment of the Mercosur Training Institute (IMEF), to be based in Montevideo, Uruguay, aimed at training public administration workers in the bloc's countries.

The ministers have also approved several projects to be financed by the Mercosur Structural Convergence Fund (Focem) and made a series of decisions designed to reduce existing asymmetries between member states.

Anba – www.anba.com.br

Tags:

You May Also Like

US Mission Learns First Hand of Brazil’s Fears that US Might Invade Amazon

Latinamericans are ever more suspicious of President George Bush intentions in the region, said ...

Despite Reports to the Contrary Brazil Still Doesn’t Recognize Gay Civil Unions

A spokesperson for an umbrella group of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals (GLBT), the ...

Brazilians Got 1.1 Million New Jobs Last Year, 350,000 Less than in 2008

Brazil’s Minister of Labor, Carlos Lupi, presented some preliminary numbers on employment in 2009 ...

Guimarães Rosa’s Sarapalha – In Portuguese

The malaria stayed. The residents, they were the ones who went away: the first ...

Two Women UK Lawyers on Vacation in Brazil Jailed with Murderers

After a Brazilian judge refused to grant them bail two British law graduates accused ...

Instead of Hoping for Marina’s Nod Brazil Candidates Should Fulfill Marina’s Hopes

Months ago, before Marina Silva decided to leave the Workers Party (PT) and become ...

IMF Applauds Brazil’s Decision do Cut Umbilical Cord from the Fund

On March 21 the Executive Board of the IMF completed the tenth and final ...

Porto Murtinho, in the Brazilian Pantanal

A Crazy Lady Tries to Make Sense of Life on Brazil’s Frontier

To the uninitiated, Porto Murtinho may seem like the middle of nowhere – or ...

Greece Is Today What Brazil Used to Be, Says Central Bank Chief

Henrique Meirelles, the president of Brazil’s Central Bank, says the present crisis in Greece ...

RAPIDINHAS

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" was the track that amused me the most. ...