Brazilians Fear Chavez Will Bring Trouble to Mercosur

    Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur scheduled for this week’s presidential summit in Montevideo, Uruguay, is seen with limited enthusiasm by Brazilian business and experts who feel the customs union might become highly "political", creating additional difficulties to negotiations with other trade blocks.

    "Mercosur is interested in Venezuela but we don’t want the block to become a political springboard for bravados against United States and the European Union", said Roberto Gianetti da Fonseca, head of the Foreign Relations and Trade Committee from the influential São Paulo Federation of Industries (FIESP).

    Many Brazilian businessmen have "misgivings" that President Hugo Chavez might feel tempted to use Mercosur to "expand its influence" over South American countries.

    Gianetti mentioned Mr. Chavez close links with Argentine president Nestor Kirchner and Bolivian presidential candidate Evo Morales. "There’s nothing wrong with Venezuela and its people, who are welcomed, we are concerned with certain attitudes from President Chavez".

    The Brazilian expert also mentioned Chavez rejection of the US sponsored Free Trade Association of the Americas, FTAA, and said he expects Mr. Chavez not to take advantage of Mercosur for his political objectives, since "Mercosur must not be tainted with ideology". However, "Chaves is temporary and Venezuela is permanent".

    Another Brazilian former diplomat and Mercosur expert, José Botafogo Gonçalves, president of the Brazilian International Relations center, CEBRI, also expressed concern about the political consequences of Venezuela as a Mercosur full member.

    "There are several elements in Mr. Chavez positions, which collide with Mercosur policies", he insisted adding that Brazilian businessmen and European diplomats consider Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur/EU free trade and cooperation talks as not "too viable".

    Botafogo Gonçalves anticipated that Venezuela’s Mercosur full membership process will be "delayed", and could "involve years". Besides Venezuela’s tariff universe includes 8.000 items of which "only 14 are in line with Mercosur’s common external tariff" and Venezuela is already a member of the Andean Community of Nations.

    "These are complex negotiations that include customs, tariffs, legal frameworks because Mercosur is not only trade but has agreements involving health, education, environment, democracy, among others," concluded the Brazilian expert.

    This article appeared originally in Mercopress – www.mercopress.com.

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (2)

    • Guest

      Sorry, Beatriz Leandro
      I do NOT agree with you. You CANNOT speak in the name of WE Brazilians.

      To welcome the dictator and mental disturbed Hugo Chavez is YOUR point of view.

      WE Brazilians do NOT want the cultural and social integration of Latin America as a whole, NOT even ANY kind of agreement with this “revolutionary” and retrograde political systemof Venezuela that obviously you are part of.

      Once again, we Brazilians DO NOT welcome Chavez into MERCOSUL.

      abraˤos

      Ana Clara C.

    • Guest

      Bienvenido Chavez
      It’s a bit dangerous to write ‘Brazilians’ fear Chavez in Mercosul. Brazilians who? In the text there’s a hint: ‘Brazilian businessmen and European diplomats consider Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur/EU free trade and cooperation talks as not “too viable”.

      It would be odd if they considered it differently.

      We Brazilians welcome Venezuela and Chávez into Mercosul, as we want the cultural and social integration of Latin America as a whole, not only economically and financially as it has been up to now.

      saudaˤ˵es

      Beatriz Leandro

    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’s Tim Offers Turbo Mail

    TIM Brasil has launched TIM Turbo Mail, a new service that enables  customers to ...

    Reduced Immunity

    If a new bill is approved and the law is changed, it could have ...

    Brazil's Amazon River

    Goodbye, Nile. Brazil Has Now World’s Largest and Longest River

    Brazilian scientists claim to have established as a scientific fact that the Amazon is ...

    Biojewels Are Not Just for Brazilians Anymore

    With talent and creativity, artisan Jander Cabral, 34 years old, transforms seeds, shells and ...

    Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff

    Polls Show Brazil President Winning Reelection in First Round

    Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, leads comfortably vote intention according to two public ...

    Brazil Petrobras’s Production Grows 10% to 2.3 Million Barrels a Day

    Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras’s domestic production of petroleum and gas attained a daily average of ...

    Brazilian Doctor Turns into Beauty Consultant in New York

    Brazilian expert Dr. Odilza Vital Fill, beauty specialist, lecturer and author of the Brazilian ...

    Women Shoes with Personality Is This Brazil’s Company Specialty

    Siboney, a female shoe industry from the city of Igrejinha, in the southernmost Brazilian ...

    Old Ways

    Congress has been discussing whether elected officials should hire their own relatives. A congressman ...

    Sugarcane plantation in Brazil

    Flex-Fuel Technology Makes Brazil Leading Ethanol Exporter and Producer

    Brazil consolidated itself, in 2008, as the world's leading ethanol exporter and third largest ...