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On 29 June, in Asunción, Paraguay, President Dilma Rousseff will take part in the 41st Summit of Presidents from MERCOSUR State Parties and Associated States. The meeting will be preceded, on the 28, by the 41st Ordinary Meeting of the Common Market Council, at which the Ministers of External Relations, of Economy and of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade sit.

The adoption of the MERCOSUR Strategic Plan for Social Action (PEAS), the establishment of new rules so that the MERCOSUR Parliament may fully resume work and the approval, within the MERCOSUR Structural Convergence Fund (FOCEM), of a joint project between the four State Parties on research, education and biotechnology are among the expected results.

The Summit will also present an opportunity for a reflection on the road ahead. MERCOSUR High Representative-General, Ambassador Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães, will contribute with the construction process of a strategic vision for MERCOSUR.

Total trade among MERCOSUR State Parties is still expanding steadily, having reached US$ 44.55 billion in 2010, US$ 39.22 of which are Brazil’s total exchanges with the partners. In the first five months of 2011, Brazil’s trade with the partners reached US$ 17.9 billion, 27% over the recorded amount in the same period last year.

At the end of the Summit, the MERCOSUL Pro Tempore Presidency will be passed on to Uruguay.

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