Mercosur and Unasur need an institutional framework to keep advancing

MercoPress, 11/18/2010

Brazilian president-elect Dilma Rousseff must inject more life to the institutional strength of Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, and then push for integration with Central America and the Caribbean, said Marco Aurelio García, President Lula da Silva advisor on foreign affairs.

“Both Mercosur and Unasur will have to strengthen their institutions so that we can have a common energy policy and beef up infrastructure, particularly in the current global scenario”, said Marco Aurelio addressing an academic forum in Sao Paulo.

Marco Aurelio who was one of the coordinators of Ms Rousseff successful presidential campaign and has been tipped as a possible Foreign Affairs minister in the next cabinet, said that the administration of President Lula da Silva was very effective in advancing continental integration, “but still needs to give the process the necessary institutional framework”.

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