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Uruguay reaffirms allegiance to Mercosur but admits serious challenges

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Staff writer ▼ | April 4, 2016
Mercosur is a fundamental legal milestone in regional integration, and a turning point in the history of member countries, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa.
Rodolfo Nin Novoa
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Novoa said that during a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary, (March 1991), of the founding of the South American group, who nevertheless admitted serious challenges.

“Twenty five years ago in a very different world, the basic purpose of Mercosur was to promote the joint economic growth of its founding members, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and promote living conditions of its peoples and nowadays continues as the most important target”, underlined Nin Novoa.

“Economic development through integration is not the objective in itself, but an instrument to improve living conditions of millions of Argentines, Brazilians, Paraguayans and Uruguayans, Venezuelans and very soon Bolivians”.

He added that it has become patent obvious that this instrument has become every day more complex, since it has incorporated aspects that go beyond those that are purely economic or commercial and “this is reflected at the same time in the institutional development, but also in the necessary link which it must have with the essential objectives of the process.

“To that respect we must maintain coherence between the different bodies and agencies so that they harmonize with our needs”.

But Nin Novoa also admitted that Mercosur is facing serious difficulties both domestically and internationally.

“But history has shown that an integration process that is celebrating 25 years is still in the institutional learning period. That is why governments must concentrate our greatest efforts so that we do not repeat shortcomings and blunders, and pave the way for a better future”.

Nin Novoa then enumerated the main challenges faced by Mercosur: first “it is imperative to deepen our links inside the block and its multiple aspects, always keeping in mind that its main axis was the trade essence which is singular to any integration process among states”.