Falklands : FALKLANDS 14 VISIT URUGUAY
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)
A group of 14 people arrived in Montevideo to strengthen trade ties between Uruguay and the Falklands .
FALKLANDS 14 VISIT URUGUAY
A group of 14 people arrived in Montevideo to
strengthen trade ties between Uruguay and the Falklands . Roger Spink , 53,
said they are interested in milk , wood, wine, meat , cement , fruits and
vegetables. He would not comment on the conflict between Argentina and the
United Kingdom .
The trip was organised because Uruguay has trade relations with the Falklands
for 160 years , and today the exchange reached U.S. $ 1.6 million per year. The
purpose of this trip is precisely to increase business , and promote overall
relations between the two communities.
Taking advantage of the possibility of oil exploration was on the agenda. The group updated Uruguayan companies the future
if the Falklands oil industry, to join in the efforts to increase the economy
of the Falklands in the next three to four years through the exploration and
exploitation of oil . This will require a variety of services , infrastructure
and manpower . So we're here to make sure we have partners in Uruguay and to
take advantage of this opportunity before us , we want to join the benefits of
According to FIG It is expected that oil will impact the economy of the islands
and Increase Falklands’ economy from 140 million pounds to 1,000 million pounds
and envisions an exciting future .
Roger Spink said that he expected to succeed in this visit to Uruguay. “I think that we have a gradual onset . We
felt very comfortable dealing with Uruguay . The people are very friendly, have
many things in common,” he said.
When asked by the OBSERVER, ”In the
conflict that still maintain the UK and Argentina , do you observe to Uruguay
as an ally,” Mr Spink said, “ We are not
politicians , we are a group of business and we are here for. Yes we have many
friends in Uruguay and we intend to strengthen those ties . But we do not talk
politics. The trip is very commercial. We have only one member of the
government, John Barton, who is the Director of Natural Resources of the
Falkland and is an alumnus of the British School of Montevideo.
There is the possibility of increasing tourism between the Falklands and Uruguay. Though a small part of the Falklands’ economy,
between 2% and 3 % of GDP, there is a need to improve connections . To come to
Uruguay had to go through Punta Arenas, Chile. The political issue is a
problem. But we have to look at other options in the future,” said Roger Spink.