There is little likelihood that South America’s Mercosur trade bloc will take up China’s proposal to establish a free trade agreement, at least in the short term. Experts and industrialists fear an invasion of cheap Chinese goods, and unequal competition.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 1 (IPS) – The Brazilian government is stepping up South-South aid, to strengthen the South American giant’s status as a donor country and its international clout. It now provides assistance to 65 countries, and its financial aid has grown threefold in the last seven years.
By Davison Mudzingwa* CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb 7 (IPS) – When a financial crisis threatened the existence of Africa’s oldest community station, Bush Radio, an outpouring of sympathy and appeals went viral on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, despite this outspoken support that showed that the station is worth saving, its [...]
By Zofeen Ebrahim KARACHI, Feb 3, 2012 (IPS) – If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the path to peace between India and Pakistan may lie in the commonalities in their cultures and cuisines.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 12, 2012 (IPS) – Brazil, for decades a source of migrants to the United States and Europe, is now facing its own humanitarian challenge: applying the international solidarity it trumpets to the Haitians who are arriving in the thousands, in search of a better life.
By Stephen Leahy DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 11, 2011 (IPS) – The world is increasingly committed to dangerous levels of global warming with yet another failure by nations of the world to agree to needed reductions in carbon emissions here in Durban. However, as the 17th Conference of Parties ended early Sunday morning, members did [...]
Sabina Zaccaro interviews NASSIR ABDULAZIZ AL-NASSER, president of the U.N. General Assembly ROME, Dec 6 (IPS) – South-South cooperation can play a key role in boosting the economies of developing countries, but it is not going to replace North-South cooperation, says Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda Geneva, Oct 7, 2011 (IPS) – The poorest countries in Africa are not merely the victims of natural calamities. They are also ravaged by the continued denial of market access as promised in the Doha trade negotiations, say African trade diplomats.
Rousbeh Legatis interviews JOSEPHINE OJIAMBO, Ambassador of Kenya UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (IPS) – “In South-South cooperation we are all partners,” Josephine Ojiambo, ambassador of Kenya to the U.N. and president of the U.N. General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, told IPS. “SSC specifically shies away from the donor-client relationship.”
By Ignatius Banda South African retailer OK Supermarkets’ store in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: South African imports dominate shop shelves in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Credit:Ignatius Banda/IPS BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 25, 2011 (IPS) – When the government of national unity (GNU) was formed two years ago, Zimbabweans expected that the days of shop shelves being filled with imported consumer [...]