Hemisphere Highlights, Volume VII, Issue 1 - January 2008
February 4, 2008
A special panel offers its final recommendations on the role of Canada in Afghanistan. The final and most sensitive chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect. Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) announces that it is open to discussing reforms to Pemex. The presidents of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic sign a regional pact on education reform. President Hugo Chávez threatens to nationalize farms and milk processors in Venezuela. Colombia is facing a wide array of difficulties and opportunities. President Correa’s administration is seeking to raise oil production while at the same time increasing the state’s control over the industry in Ecuador. Education Minister Blanca Ovelar receives the official nod from the Colorado Party of Paraguay to run for the presidency. Argentina announces plans to move forward with the construction of a new gas pipeline to Bolivia. Former president Néstor Kirchner has decided to reorganize Argentina’s Partido Justicialista.