April 15, 2007

Cumbre Energetica Suramericana

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The first South American Energy Summit will take place in the Venezuelan Caribbean island Isla Margarita, on the 16th and 17th of March. This is, as you probably already know, one of the most ambitious plans or wishes of Hugo Chavez. The aim is to integrate the energy needs of the whole continent (except the US of course).


Twelve nations are supposed to be represented there (Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Perú, Surinam, Uruguay y Venezuela). The most likely topics to be covered, as you can see in the La Razón graphic, are natural gas, oil and Brazil's Ethanol.

As it could be expected, Bolivia's president Morales has already RSVPd.

More on the event as it happens.

7 comments:

Tambopaxi said...

My guess is that Chavez will try his best to corral everyone into a regional energy arrangement with himself in charge and with some sort of anti-gringo agenda for the future. I'd also guess that Chavez will try to derail the ethanol agreement between the U.S. and Brazil or at least neutralize in some manner. As well, I'd bet that he'll try and change Rafael Correa's mind (or at least his rhetoric) in support of ethanol projects, especially those using corn. You really can't fault Chavez for lack of energy (so to speak) when it comes to dreaming up things that will make him look better and the U.S. worse....

galloglass said...

I just loved watching the cadena with Chavez's houseboy Evo. Hugo has him tied around his finger...he must have no self-respect.

Miguel said...

We'll see what comes out of that meeting. I am very curious. Energy is becoming the topic these days.

Frank_IBC said...

Any more developments on the visa requirement for US citizens traveling to Bolivia?

Miguel said...

As far as I know, US citizens can still travel without visa for 90 days. The government has not been able to implement the new regulation for the US due to logistical and resources reasons and pressure from the opposition.

Frank_IBC said...

Thanks, Miguel.

Sorry for the belated acknowledgement but I've had some trouble logging on to Blogger lately.

miguel said...

No problem!