Expert: Entry of Venezuela into Mercosur should be properly managed
Oil is pivotal to achieve integration within the bloc
During the international conference entitled "Venezuela into Mercosur," an event organized by the Venezuelan Council on Foreign Affairs (Covri) and the Higher Institute for International and Diplomatic Studies, the specialist remarked that Venezuela "cannot erect an isolating wall," because said integration is positive. Parcarelli also expressed the need for negotiating longer terms so as to allow the Venezuelan products to be competitive vis-à-vis the ones of other Mercosur member countries.
Meanwhile, Rafael Quirós, a petroleum consultant for the Central Bank of Venezuela and a professor at the UCV, said, "there is no other commodity as important as oil for bolstering and encouraging integration. Everything is related to oil, especially in a region where everything starts and ends in a barrel. "Oil is the main ingredient of integration."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.