Argentina President in Brazil Looking for Inspiration and Money

    Presidents Cristina Kirchner and Lula

    Presidents Cristina Kirchner and Lula The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, traveled this Saturday, September 6 to Brazil, in order to consolidate the strategic integration alliance between Brazil and Argentina and hopefully return with investments and inspired by the dynamic spirit of Latinamerica's largest economy.

    On Monday, Kirchner will meet President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and is scheduled to sign a US$ 200 million credit extended by the BNDES (Brazil's Economic and Social Development Bank) specifically for Argentine infrastructure projects and export promotion.

    This is the first time the BNDES participates in the financing of non Brazilian companies and is seen as a crucial step in the integration process as well as helping Argentina to level the growing trade deficit (US$ 4 billion) with its neighbor.

    "Brazil is a partner and not a competitor, but we must seek a balance and avoid distortions," underlined Daniel Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires province who together with Foreign Affairs minister Jorge Taiana and Federal Planning minister Julio De Vido are the core of the Argentine delegation.

    On Sunday President Cristina Kirchner will be the guest of honor of Brazil's Independence Day celebrations and she will see the military parade next to President Lula.

    But the agenda will concentrate on trade and investment. Mr. Taiana and De Vido will have to face the complaints of Brazilian corporate representatives eager to invest in Argentina but who face mounting bureaucratic hurdles and the overall uncertainty atmosphere which looms over the country's political situation.

    Another issue is replacing foreign currencies for the Argentine peso and the Brazilian real in bilateral trade operations, which has apparently been tested successfully.

    Energy, defense and nuclear cooperation issues as well as some recent political incidents when the "strategic alliance" did not function as expected are certain to be in the agenda, particularly the Bolivian supply of natural gas (to both countries), which is threatened by strikes and political turmoil.

    Lula visited Buenos Aires last February and it was then agreed to hold these mini summits every six months.

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    • AUGUSTUS

      DOUBLE DOT
      Truly delighted with your apparent return…
      Presuming Four-Dots is indeed a separate “personna” (as opposed to hidden version of another associate of ours… LOL), I may have seen an entry from him in Brazil.com recently. Such entry was addressed to me, questioning why I wasted my time talking to a blogger by the name asp. Then he proceeded attacking asp, who intern used “questionable language” replying to him…

      This is the address (please let me know which of the “Dots” is responsible for the colorful exchange – dated Sept 4, 2008
      https://www.brazzil.com./articles/195-august-2008/10105-calling-us-hypocrite-is-not-the-best-way-for-brazil-to-save-the-amazon.html

    • Double-Dot

      Augustus
      [quote]Paraphrasing some previous (equivalent) comments from other bloggers, I shall order the popcorn (butterscotch flavor) along with a large (double) cappuccino, so that I may then sit back (try to relax) and watch this particularly strange phenomenon unfold…[/quote]

      Milord, in your case more appropriate thing to have is Fish & Chips, preceded by strong doses of Gin and Tonic. 😀

      btw, where is that traitor “Four-Dots”?

    • AUGUSTUS

      “strategic alliance”?!!! Who would ever had thought this possible… Just 20 years ago
      Simply astounded by the news (probably residents in Brazil have been aware of such “arrangements”) of a “strategic alliance” between Brazil and Argentina, I found myself À¢€œspeechlessÀ¢€Â and unable to formally react (for / against) such unprecedented information!

      – At one side of the equation, the deal could be perceived as À¢€œmaking perfect senseÀ¢€Â; not only because of existing contractual obligations pertaining to Mercosul, but also to a variety of issues: Argentine significant trade deficit with Brazil; current Argentine Economic turmoil; Brasilia’s perception that it must make “gestures” towards its partners (esp. the most important one); and particularly because of a new factor recently added to Brasilia’s international agenda À¢€“ further ossification of Mercosul with the aim of transforming the trade pact into a Local “Political Union” (eventually with a common currency)

      -At the opposite side of the equation, one must also examine the very same significant Argentine economic (and political) troubles (and the risk of an increased stake on the issue), Argentine level of corruption (shockingly even greater than BrazilÀ¢€™s), Buenos Aires questionable intertwined (some secret) deals with Caracas (and its horrible Populist Strong Man), the Argentine natural distrust and dislike of Brazil / Brazilians (in many cases a ” mutual feeling), and finally the significant political decision of engaging BMGE (until now legally restricted exclusively for financing & projects in Brazilian territory – now being officially introduced to the À¢€œland of Tango in Rio de la PlataÀ¢€ÂÀ¢€¦

      Paraphrasing some previous (equivalent) comments from other bloggers, I shall order the popcorn (butterscotch flavor) along with a large (double) cappuccino, so that I may then sit back (try to relax) and watch this particularly strange phenomenon unfold…
      😮

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