The Paraguayan government will appear tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to once again define its position against unilateral collection of duties, said Director of the National Administration of Navigation and Ports (ANNP), Julio César Vera Cáceres. In the waterway. All this, in relation to the report submitted by the government of Alberto Fernández, which seeks to justify the application of the illegal measure.
On the aforementioned date, a meeting of the Committee of the Santa Cruz Agreement on River Transport on the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway is scheduled to be held. That is, the authorities of Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay will also participate in the meeting, and they are the countries that expressed their rejection, along with Paraguay, of the US$1.47 fee imposed by Argentina since last January 1.
He added: “These days, we have been working on analyzing the document, which includes more than 300 pages, which was presented by the Argentine delegation on August 24, as it attempts to justify and present arguments to collect the outcome. “We did not come up with any special figure (what is the legal amount of the fee), but we analyzed the concepts,” he commented in an interview with BM Online.
Cáceres also said that the next day, the Intergovernmental Committee, the political arm of the treaty, would hold a meeting. The state official stated that he did not imagine that the temporary suspension of toll collection would be achieved in both meetings.
“Argentina is still in its position, it is looking for alternative solutions such as lowering the interest rate, and now there is the status quo. I think the crisis will continue, and today I do not see any solution in this regard.”
They were evaluating the document submitted by the Argentine government which included environmental studies prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Deputy Minister of Trade Oscar Starck; Merchant Marine Director Patricio Ortega, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, the Paraguayan Navy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While from the private sector there were directors of the Paraguay Chamber of Grain and Oilseed Exporters and Marketers, the Paraguay Chamber of Port Terminals, and the Paraguay River and Sea Ship Owners Centre.
“Argentina is still in its position, it is looking for alternative solutions such as lowering the interest rate, and now there is the status quo.”
“We did not come up with any special figure (what is the legal amount for victims), but we analyzed the concepts.”