Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weekend Newswire: South-South Cooperation

[Brazil - Argentina] -- Brazil, Argentina Working on $1.5 Billion Credit Line
Brazil and Argentina are nearing agreement on a “precautionary” measure to create a $1.5 billion credit line to help boost liquidity amid the global financial slowdown, ministers from the two countries said.

As many as seven countries, including Argentina and Uruguay, may establish reciprocal credit lines to help boost liquidity in South America, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega told reporters in Buenos Aires. Argentine Economy Minister Carlos Fernandez said the credit line with Brazil would be for the equivalent of $1.5 billion in local currencies.

[Peru - South Korea] -- Peru, S Korea to hold 2nd round of FTA talks
The Second Round of Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the Republic of Korea will be held in the Peruvian capital Lima on May 11-14, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) reported Sunday.

On Monday, the negotiating teams will discuss issues such as dispute settlement, trade remedies, temporary entry, investment, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, cooperation, rules of origin and public purchases.

On Tuesday, they will discuss trade in goods, intellectual property, telecommunications and financial services.

On Wednesday, the meeting will focus on institutional and labor matters, financial services and competition policy.

On Thursday, issues to be discussed include customs and trade facilitation, services and investments, as well as environment.

[China - Zambia] -- Zambia picks China group to run Luanshya copper mine
Zambia on Friday selected Chinese company NFC Africa as the new investor to run the closed Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM), which is due to restart production at the end of May.

"It is now with great pleasure that I announce the sale of the 85% shares to China Nonferrous Metals Mining, commonly known as NFCA," Zambia's President Rupiah Banda told former Luanshya Copper Mines workers at a public meeting.