César Sánchez Bonifato
Monday, May 26, 1997
Integration: Representatives from Argentine provinces and Brazilian states discussed the execution of binational projects.
IGUASSÚ NATIONAL PARK (Special correspondent). Governors of seven Argentine provinces and four Brazilian states ratified here their support to the Mercosur (Southern Cone Common Market) integration process through the execution of binational projects favoring regional development.
During the sixth meeting of the Crecena-Litoral (Argentina) and the Codesul (Brazil), held in the Hotel Internacional overlooking the imposing Iguassú Falls, representatives from Misiones, Chaco, Formosa, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Salta (Argentina), together with those from Matto Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), reaffirmed their will to promote joint ventures.
Among these projects are a gas pipeline which will carry fuel from the Salta fields to Sao Paulo, bridges to link frontier towns, power interconnection, tourism promotion, improvements for the navigation in Paraná, Paraguay and Uruguay Rivers as well as their harbors.
One of the projects which concentrated the greatest degree of attention was a railroad connecting the port of Joinville, in the State of Santa Catarina, with that of Resistencia, also passing through Misiones and Corrientes and finally coupling with the railroad network which links the capital of Chaco and Salta and also Antofagasta, Chile, on the Pacific coast. The interest in the implementation of this railroad connection was especially noticeable some days ago in the Convention held by the Argentine Banking Association (Asociación de Bancos Argentinos, ADEBA) in Buenos Aires, during the exhibition run by the Brazilian businessman Eliezer Batista, manager of the powerful and recently privatized Vale Do Rio Doce company.