As Mercosur’s Chairman Brazil’s Lula Is Poised to Tackle World Hunger

Lula During the next six months when Brazil holds the rotating chair of Mercosur, the South American common market, Brazilian President, Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva intends to deal with what he considers two top priorities: the global food crisis and the regional social agenda.

Mercosur full members and associate countries are holding the bi-annual summit in Tucuman, Argentina and the meeting is being hosted by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

"It will be an open social agenda, with the purpose of creating forums to discuss the global food issue," said Marcelo Baumbach, spokesperson for the Brazilian president, adding that Lula "has shown in several international meetings his concern with the food crisis and it's most certain it will be one of the main issues of his six month pro tempore presidency of the block".

"President Lula will most possibly want to leave his mark in social affairs of Mercosur the same way that it's happening under his administration in Brazil," said a Planalto Palace (Presidential Office) source.

"He's already thinking about investing some of the windfall from the mega oil and gas deposits recently discovered offshore in social programs," added the source.

The Brazilian leader is traveling this Tuesday, July 1st, to Tucuman together with his Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim, international affairs advisor Marco AurΓ©lio Garcia, Industry and Foreign Trade minister Miguel Jorge and the head of Social Communications Franklin Martins.

Giving the "Expanded Mercosur Council," which besides the ministers of finance and trade also includes those involved in social and welfare, is one of the instruments for the social agenda emphasis said the Planalto spokesperson.

Furthermore Brazil is planning to hold a summit of social development, education and health ministers next September in Salvador, northeast of the country.

On more specific issues Presidents Lula and host Cristina Kirchner are scheduled to hold a private meeting to talk about the joint building of the Garabi hydroelectric dam and "the supply of energy to Argentina during the winter months."

Wheat apparently is also in the bilateral agenda because the farmers stand off in Argentina has left Brazil with short supplies and on the lookout for other grain providers plus undesirable hikes in the price of bread and other goods.

"It's an open agenda, so wheat could very well be addressed," said Baumbach.

Another issue which is currently delayed and Brazil wants to re-launch is the "Structural Convergence Fund" for Mercosur, which was started in 2005 and is 70% funded by Brazil. This basically is geared to support the weaker Mercosur economies (Uruguay and Paraguay) with soft credits for structural investments.

Paraguay has five structure projects in the pipeline, totaling US$ 24.8 million and "Brazil would like to see them approved".

Brazil is playing gently with Paraguay since the incoming president-elect Fernando Lugo has anticipated he would be demanding a better deal for the electricity generated in the Itaipu falls, possibly the largest dam in the continent.

MW prices date back to the seventies when the huge construction was undertaken, the US dollar was stable, there was no energy crisis and Paraguay wants them updated precisely to address a social affairs investment agenda.

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  • ch.c.

    Who the hell is this Jon? Did he vote for our President in the last elections?
    You proved how idiot ypu are. Only Brazilians can vote….dear junkie !!!!

    And where did you find out that not everybody voted for him ?

    If everybody did….he would have had 100 % vote in his favor….meaning 0 % for Serra !

    Stupid…your comments…as usual !

  • ch.c.

    Dear Idiot Tranny…….
    Your “His family is well fed and hence thou shall not shed crocodile tears “

    By family I meant the population of Brazil !

    And to my knowledge there are 50 millions of Brazilians UNDER NOURRISHED !!!!

    You better stop making BJs while watching your Novelas and start reading the Brazilian medias providing stats….such as this site !!!!!!!

    Idiot and junkie you will remain for etermity,,,,,Costa – Costinha !!!!!!
    Costa the day and Costinha the night ???

  • jon

    …Not everybody voted for the Squid in the last election as I recall and his popularity over two terms has flucuated from 30 odd% to 70% odd

  • ..

    [quote]indeed a man of great vision with razor sharp mind, instead of feeding HIS own family FIRST ! [/quote]

    His family is well fed and hence thou shall not shed crocodile tears for him and his family. Regardless, he is the best President in the history of our republic and I stand by my words.

    [quote]And to Jon “damn expensive detergent! “, not sure at all ![/quote]

    Who the hell is this Jon? Did he vote for our President in the last elections?

  • ch.c.

    HUNGER ???????
    AND UGLY TRANNY……..DID I SAY……HUNGER….OR 50 MILLIONS BRAZILIANS UNDER NOURRISHED ???????
    Sure exporting food valued at US$ 50 billions is what Tranny calls……. indeed a man of great vision with razor sharp mind, instead of feeding HIS own family FIRST !
    A dollar coin in the pocket of a few is better than bread in the mouth of poor brazilians.
    And what kind of social Programs ? Mansaos in Florida…for some, and nothing for the others ?
    Give me a break. His Bolsa Familia Budget is 2 % of the Federal Budget for 25 % (45 millions) of the Brazilians population, and the maintenance budget is over 25 % for the 1 % of the population (Federal Bureraucrats and politicians) !

    Very fair….effectively !
    And to Jon “damn expensive detergent! “, not sure at all !

  • ..

    [quote].Lula cannot be re-elected for a third term ? [/quote]

    Yes, he can and will be re-elected for a third, fourth and Nth time with MY VOTE.

  • ..

    [quote]No doubt you have a Master Degree from a SP University….found as gift in a detergent !! [/quote]

    Never stepped into any university , nor any school. I hate the professors and despise studying.Period. I get all the information from the TV.

  • jon

    Ch C also said I earned my degree from a box of detergent….damn expensive detergent! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • CHC Γ€Β’β‚¬β€œ Chronicle Herpes Carrier
    The man with itchy genitalia.

    Did they say À’€œHunger ?À’€Â This peckerwood (Mr. Itch) is always hungry for attention as he amounts to a little more of an after thought!

    Costinha

  • ch.c.

    “Lula Is Poised to Tackle World Hunger ” Great news……
    …..but why HE doesnt take care in priority of the 50 millions Brazilians that are UNDER NOURRISHED ???????

    Therefore HE is not……..indeed a man of great vision with razor sharp mind !

    And Dear Idiot who wrote : I wholeheartedly endorse his plans to invest all the windfall from the mega oil and gas deposits in all kinds of social programs. ! :
    – DONT you know that his second mandate ends in 2010 and as per YOUR Constitution….unless changed like Chavez did in Venezuela…..Lula cannot be re-elected for a third term ?

    No doubt you have a Master Degree from a SP University….found as gift in a detergent !!

    Laugh….laugh….laugh….laugh !

  • ..

    [quote]”He’s already thinking about investing some of the windfall from the mega oil and gas deposits recently discovered offshore in social programs,” added the source.[/quote]

    He is indeed a man of great vision with razor sharp mind. I wholeheartedly endorse his plans to invest all the windfall from the mega oil and gas deposits in all kinds of social programs.

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