Jonah Shrock is studying history at Brown University in Providence, RI.
A historic trade pact between South American countries and the EU is expected to pave the way to similar deals with Canada and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) this year, Brazil's top negotiator said Tuesday.
The European Union and Mercosur trade bloc countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay announced a blockbuster agreement Friday, ending 20 years of talks over one of the world's biggest regional commercial accords.
Mercosur was "very close" to reaching trade deals with the EFTA's Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, Brazil's Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva told a news conference attended by Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo.
"I also think we can close (a deal) with Canada," he said, adding Mercosur negotiators were making progress in talks with Singapore and South Korea.