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Weekly Report - 28 February 2019 (WR-19-08)

Brazil-Paraguay: boosting bilateral ties?

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez attended the inauguration ceremony for the new Brazilian directors of Itaipú Binacional, the Brazilian-Paraguayan entity that manages the Itaipú hydroelectric dam, on 26 February. The occasion provided an opportunity for the first meeting between the two neighbouring heads of state since Bolsonaro took office last January, but it remains unclear whether Abdo Benítez, reportedly nervous about future bilateral relations under Brazil’s new president, has come away reassured.

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