India, Iraq Sign Energy Cooperation Agreement

Escrito por Juan M. Garcia   
domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013

Imagen activa25 de agosto de 2013, 10:01New Delhi, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) India and Iraq signed an energy cooperation agreement that establishes the creation of joint ventures for oil exploration, petrochemical complexes and fertilizer plants.

A statement at the end of negotiations between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Iraqi counterpart, Nuri al-Maliki, who paid an official visit to India, says that the accord will boost economic, commercial and cooperation relations between the two countries.

The two parties agreed to make better use of areas of common interest such as agriculture and food security, water management, education, development of infrastructure, pharmaceutical products, information technology and low-cost housing.

In the first visit by a head of government from one country to the other in nearly 40 years (the last visit was paid by Indira Ghandi to Iraq n 1975), Al-Maliki’s main objectives were to strengthen bilateral ties, damaged by the second Gulf war, and reaffirm his country’s position as a major oil supplier to India.

Iraq holds the world’s fifth largest oil reserve, but its infrastructure problems due to several years of sanctions and civil war have prevented the country from developing its fields, for which it will need about 30 billion dollars immediately.

For its part, India provided technical assistance and labor force to Iraq’s oil sector in the 1970s and 1980s.


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Freixenet""s Spanish Wines Strengthen Presence in Cuba

jueves, 22 de agosto de 2013

22 de agosto de 2013, 12:49Havana, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Freixenet »s Spanish wines announced today that the group is strengthening its presence in Cuba, and will participate as an exhibitor next month during the 14th International Wine Fair of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

For the company’s commercial manager, Jorge Figueredo, the presence in that event is relevant, when the Freixenet group will show sparkling and non – sparkling wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, and Spain, which market in this island.

The International Wine Fair will be held from October 2 to 4, a meeting considered traditional, and also an opportunity for exchange among professionals in the wine sector and tourism.

Among Freixenet’s proposals as a marketer is the promotion of Angostura bitters, after ratifying an agreement with the production company from Trinidad and Tobago, which puts the Spanish company as a marketing of that brand here.

The meeting will provide a space to create and promote cocktails with Angostura, mixed with different wines.

The Freixenet group exports its products to more than 140 countries, and it is the producer of the famous brand of sparkling wine (cava). It also stands out in Cuba for promoting and marketing other brands of wines from Spanish, French and Chilean wineries.


Panamanian Teachers Respond to Martinelli"s Threat With Strike

Escrito por Ana Luisa Brown   
domingo, 18 de agosto de 2013

Imagen activa18 de agosto de 2013, 11:56Panama, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian teachers responded to the threat of President Ricardo Martinelli and his Education Minister, Lucy Molinar, of punishing strikers, with an indefinite strike which will begin tomorrow.

Leaders of the seven unions on strike since July 30 ensure that more than 40 000 teachers threatened with dismissals formulated by the president and the Minister take part in the meassure.

The Board of the Association of Teachers of Panama (ASOPROF) run by the fired teacher Andres Rodriguez announced the strike so he asked parents not to send their children to school as they can not be served.

Educators require the signing of an agreement in which the Ministry committeed itself not to take represals agaitsn the fighting teachers, Rodriguez reinstatement as an educator, cessation of blackmail and persecution campaign, stop to humiliation against educators and privatization policy.


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Dominican Republic-Haiti Trade Agreement Imminent

jueves, 15 de agosto de 2013

15 de agosto de 2013, 00:10Santo Domingo, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The Dominican Republic is about to sign a trade agreement with Haiti to export chicken, eggs and other products by paying respective duties or tariffs, official sources announced today.

With that step, the Haitian ban on those products, in force since early June, will be lifted, said Dominican Minister of Agriculture, Luis Ramon Rodriguez.

He said import requirements demanded by Haiti are included in the quality standards and phytosanitary measures of the World Trade Organization.

Farms and businesses will be created before sending the products, so that Haitian importers observe the production and packaging of products to be bought.

In an interview in a local television program, Rodriguez the Dominican Republic has never been hit by avian flu, which was the reason argued to impose the said ban.

Haiti is the Dominican Republicâ�Ös second trade partner after the United States, with over $1.10 billion USD sold in products yearly to the neighbor, according to official figures.


Laos, Japan Associate to Produce Charcoal

Escrito por Juan M. Garcia   
domingo, 11 de agosto de 2013

Imagen activa11 de agosto de 2013, 00:10Vientiane, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Laos and Japan associated to produce charcoal in the next few years, using an environmentally-friendly technology, local media reported.

The minister for Natural Resources of Laos, Noulin Sinbandith, and Japanese Ambassador Junko Yolota signed the bilateral agreement on a Joint Credit Mechanism to implement a mutually-beneficial project.

Noulin noted that the agreement adjusts to the terms of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, in tune with the policy to reduce greenhouse gases.

She added that the accord will contribute to improving the technical staff’s knowledge and capacities, as a result of training courses taught by Japanese experts on the use of the appropriate technologies, and will foster relations between the two countries.

The future exploitation of the rich forestry resources of Laos will be based on the sustainable preservation and administration of such resources.

Japan has created similar associations with Mongolia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Maldives and Vietnam.


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Russia Disappointed with Obama"s Visit Cancellation

Imagen activa07 de agosto de 2013, 15:25Moscow, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Russia expressed disappointment for the cancellation of the visit to Moscow by US President Barack Obama in the wake of the Kremlin’s granting of asylum status to ex analyst of the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden.

« We are disappointed with the US Administration’s decision to cancel Obama’s visit to Moscow, which was scheduled for early September, said Russian presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov.

According to Ushakov, the problem around the case of Snowden, also ex CIA agent, has not been created by Moscow.

It is clear that this stand is linked to the situation of the ex US secret services agent, which we have not created, Ushakov told journalists.

The cancellation of the visit, announced a few hours before by White House spokesman, Jay Carney, showed that the United States is not ready for equitable relations, said Ushakov.

Russia did not make any mistake in dealing with Snowden’s incident, and Obama was and is still invited to pay a visit to Russia, he added after highlighting Moscow’s stand that granting temporary asylum to Snowden on Aug.1st was a humanitarian act.

The Russian representatives are ready to continue working in the future with their US partners on all key issues of the bilateral and multilateral agenda, he said.

Washington admitted that Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to Snowden was a key factor in the cancellation of Obama’s visit. The US president was planning to meet with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow before the summit meeting of the G-20 to be held in St Petersburg, Russia, in September.


French FM Fabius Calls for an Asean-EU Pact

Escrito por silvio gonzalez   
sábado, 03 de agosto de 2013

03 de agosto de 2013, 09:38French Foreign Minister Laurent FabiusYakarta, 3 Aug (Prensa Latina) Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, to cooperate in building a multipolar world.

Fabius made a 3 days visit that ended today and met with Le Luong,General Secretary of ASEAN and ambassadors acredited in this capital where he gave a conference.

Fabius was traveling with a group of investors.


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Brazilian President Urges to Wipe Out Inequalities

31 de julio de 2013, 18:19Sao Paulo, July 31 (Prensa Latina) President Dilma Rousseff urged today to wipe out inequalities while she announced an investment worth four million USD to improve transportation, housing, water and sewage services in this city.

The improvement of these sectors will have a positive impact on the living conditions of the population in Sao Paulo, said Rousseff as she highlighted the importance of allocating resources to the development of social sectors.

She said the investment in urban transportation guarantees an increase in the movement of most of the people, who live on the outskirts of this city of 11 million inhabitants, with 55 percent using public transportation.

Therefore, this sector has to be developed, as it is of great social and economic significance, she noted.

Of the four million USD, $1,500 million USD will be allocated to improve urban mobility, another $700 million to sewage works and $1,100 million to recover springs and other water supply sources, she said.

Another $750 million USD will be allocated to the construction of 15,000 houses for low-income Brazilians, she said.

Rousseffâ�Ös announcement of this investment in social sectors comes a day after this city, the countryâ�Ös economic and financial capital, faced a new day of protests that ended up in vandalistic acts.

Sao Paulo was also the scene of peopleâ�Ös protests in June, demanding lower transport tariffs and better health care services and education.