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Weekly Report - 3 July 2008 (ISSN 1741-7422)

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CHILE | Mercosur deal on services. Twelve years after signing a free trade agreement with Mercosur, Chile, an associate member of the customs union, signed an accord on services, which embraces consultancies, postal services, integrated engineering services, telecommunications, land transport, forestry and the maintenance and operation of aircrafts and ships. The major omission from the list is financial services. The agreement was approved by the four permanent members of Mercosur - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay - at the biannual meeting in Argentina's north-western city of Tucumán on 1 July.