Mercosur stretches out with Venezuela
Notwithstanding the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff hailed Mercosur expansion
Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff aired the upcoming inclusion of Bolivia at the opening session. The main absent was Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as his country was making its debut as full member, DPA reported.
Chávez was represented in the event by Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez. Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro would not travel to Brasilia for the summit that coincided with the return of President Chávez to Caracas, after his nine-day stay in Cuba for his cancer treatment.
Notwithstanding the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff hailed Mercosur expansion.
"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.