15 May News Brief South America

Eduardo Herrera

UNITED NATIONS – Peru and Brazil tighten cooperation in Haiti: The governments of Peru and Brazil have agreed to allow Peruvian army officers to join the general staff of the Brazilian battalion of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah), which aims to help secure the Caribbean country. Peru has 200 uniformed personnel in the 7,044 soldier Minustah military contingent. With 1,282 troops on the mission, Brazil has the most of any country. The mission also includes troops from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.

[Andina, EFE]

LIMA, Peru – Telefónica to invest US$400 million in 2009: Despite the international economic crisis, the Spanish Telefónica group has announced it will invest US$400 million in Peru in 2009 because of the healthy state of the local economy. Javier Manzanares, the chairman of the telecoms group in Peru, assured that the company is looking to invest the same sum in Peru over the coming years given the growing local demand for services. Half of the planned investment will go towards mobile telephony and the rest will be used for landline telephone and internet services.

[EFE, Tendencias21.net]

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Flights to Mexico resume after influenza outbreak: The Argentinian government has authorised the resumption of commercial flights to Mexico after it suspended them on 28 April as a preventative measure against the spread of the influenza A/H1N1 virus. Argentinian Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa announced that an improved airport inspection system has been implemented and that “double checks on flights arriving from Mexico, Canada and the United States” will continue. Health Minister Graciela Ocaña confirmed that the country has suffered just one case of influenza A/H1N1.

[La Nación, Télam]

SANTIAGO, Chile – Debate on women’s role in the face of financial crisis: Women ministers from 20 countries debated the role of women in the face of the global financial crisis at the 19th Global Summit of Women held in Santiago. The chairwoman of the summit, Irene Natividad, stressed that “ethics and success in business are not incompatible,” and said the crisis could be seen as a good opportunity to position women in the business arena. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will receive the Global Women’s Leadership Award for her political achievements in the host country.

[EFE, La Segunda]

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