Brasilia, 9 October 2021 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Carlos França; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Cult of Argentina, Santiago Cafiero; alongside Ministers of States from both countries, met in Brasilia; on 8 October.
The Ministers discussed the topics of Mercosur’s agenda; in the 30th Anniversary of the Asuncion Treaty, both remarked on the proposed guidelines by the actual Pro-Tempore Presidency of Brazil to strengthen integration.
França and Cafiero committed to working together to promote economic recovery in the post-covid stage; and to integrate the global commercial chains, also the digital economy; services based on knowledge, energetic integration, and the integration of the health sector.
França and Cafiero expressed their will to keep working to consolidate Mercosur; both were able to reach a consensus with the other Mercosur’s partners, the reach and characteristics to review the Common External Tariff.
This was to increase the competitiveness of Member States, and strengthen regional production processes, and also promote insertion of Mercosur production in global value chains.
Regarding the water crisis that is affecting the Paraná Basin; the Ministers praised the cooperation between the two countries to mitigate its effects for navigation, also the use of water from human consumption and hydroelectric generation; and also to the environment.
The Ministers agreed to convene, the next meeting of the Joint Technical Commission; which is in charge of the binational hydroelectric garabi project. França and Cafiero acknowledged the strategic role of cooperation within defense; and industrial association in the fabrication of military gear.
Both also agreed to negotiate the acquisition of Argentina of Guarani Armored Vehicles. In infrastructure, both agreed to resume the dialogue regarding the bridges for the Uruguay river, including the project of crossroads between Porto Xavier and San Javier.
França and Cafiero commissioned their teams to convene a meeting with the authorities; to improve the coordination and efficiency of their border integration actions.
Finally, regarding Covid-19; both expressed their respective optimism in the process of border re-opening of the region; and agreed to coordinate, in order to facilitate the resumption of the movement for the movement of nationales between their common borders.