By Peter Tase
November 5, 2013
Paraguaya’s President Horacio Cartes conducted his first official visit on October 25, to Uruguay. The visit comes soon after Mr. Cartes begun his presidential term, in which he has been highly engaged and pragmatic, and promoted the international investment potential that his country has to offer unlike any other president who has ruled Paraguay in the last 24 years.
As Asuncion continues to be outside of the MERCOSUR trade block, Mr. Cartes’ numerous official visits, in the region, Europe and United States, have shown a highly positive, proactive and a vibrant foreign policy strategy that sooner or later will have a direct impact in order to improve Paraguay’s national image and attract strategic investment in the Guaraní speaking nation. In the first two months in office, Mr. Cartes has conducted official visits in Suriname, where he met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro; in Argentina, welcomed by president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner; in Chile, Brazil and in the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In October 18-19, President Cartes participated in the XXIII Iberoamerican Summit in Panama City, where he met with the presidents of Costa Rica and Mexico….