May 25, 2013
'Let's not kill the goose that lays golden eggs,' Mujica
Uruguay President José Mujica stated today that even though Argentina adopts protective industrial restrictions -making business with Uruguay more difficult- he would continue to bet on a positive relationship with his neighbouring country, in order to maintain the positive flow of tourism going to Uruguay.
Argentina “has a fairly defensive industry plan making it hard to sell to and exchange with the country, that we recognize,” Mujica stated during his own radio show labelled 'The President speaks.'
“We aren’t going to declare a war; nothing of the sort (on Argentine restrictions)” stated the Uruguayan Head of State who furthered that they will continue to “insist (the situation be overcome), but we will look for alternative ways to go about it, because we definitely do not want to kill the goose that lays golden eggs: such as tourism.”
In 2011 Uruguay received more than three million tourists, according to data collected by the Tourism and Sports Ministry, with the majority of those being Argentine. It was also stated that the sector has become the second most important income for the country behind agro-exports.