Mercosur will be energy and farming superpower upon Venezuela's entry
Venezuela's inclusion agreement was signed on July 4, 2006
The Mercosur Summit of Heads of State and Government slated for Friday in Brasilia consolidates the debut of Venezuela as Mercosur full member and turns the regional trade bloc into a territory of 12.7 million square kilometers pooling 70% of the population in South America and 83% of the GDP region, according to official data of the bloc, AFP quoted.
Mercosur encompasses very unequal economies; the largest one is Brazil, with a GDP of USD 2.4 trillion, followed by Argentina, USD 447.6 billion, and Venezuela, USD 315.8 billion.
Following Venezuela's admittance, Mercosur will have the largest oil reserves in the world, 20% out of total global reserves, or more than 310 billion barrels certified by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.