How Uruguay and Australia plan to strengthen ties?

Aug 07, 2019

They say that a healthy relationship is a good relationship, because when a relationship is consistently good, then good things will always result from it.

Relationships will be more effective through constant communication and teamwork. This also applies to international relations between two countries, while similar at a surface level, but is also deeper. The relationship between Australia and Uruguay have been steady and rooted in trust despite the years of ups and downs. But ever since they first established a contact in 1954, everything has been more or less progressing as it should be.

Economically, bilateral trade between the two has also remained at a steady pace even Uruguay ranking 109th as Australia's trading partner. Uruguay's top major exports to Australia include gems, leather, fur, metal, and beef. And in the last decade, Uruguay has invested in genetics to importing Merino semen and embryos to improve its declining sheep industry. And Agriculture is also an important part of Uruguay's economy. Workers are also a huge impact on both countries, especially in the field of medical and engineering, with improving economies seeing the need for more growth in terms of architecture.

Despite the positive outcomes of the bilateral partnership between Uruguay and Australia, the relation hasn't been without its major bumps on the road. Incidents of illegal fishing in Australian waters by Uruguayan fishermen have emerged since the early 2000s. One noteworthy incident took place on August 2003 where an Uruguayan was arrested on board a South African fishing vessel after the vessel was raided by Australian authorities. Not long after, another incident took place where authorities intercepted an Uruguayan vessel trespassing in Australian waters.

Even with the controversy between the two countries, Australia has become a second home for tens of thousands of Uruguayans, with a steady by the thousands each year. The most common cause for this is the good investment and migration that Australia has to offer for overseas citizens.

Uruguay still has a long way to go and with more bumps now and then, but the relationship with Australia has yielded positive results. Economically, trade and investment have yielded both countries billions in dollars in revenue, which would open the way for more investment opportunities. The continuing fight against international crime has also turned up positive results where crime levels are at lower levels compared to recent years. And although results are far from perfect, crime is greatly reduced. All of these are the reasons for the increase in Uruguayan nationals migrating and living in Australia, albeit tens of thousands in number, though predictions would state that it'll see a continued rise.

Uruguay is in a spot just like any other developing country, albeit with different challenges and current economic and social issues, but the relationship with Australia is one of many developments in its history that has led to the right direction. And so what's next for Australia? All signs have pointed to continued support and investment, and many are hopeful for the future.


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