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Paraguay

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Paraguay country brief

Shared international perspectives, cordial, co-operative and beneficial relationship.

Key engagement

Modest trade, focusing on education services and agriculture.

Outlook

Potential for investment in agribusiness and mining of ilmenite.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Paraguay established diplomatic relations in 1974. The depth and nature of the relationship has grown significantly since then.

Australia’s Ambassador in Buenos Aires holds non-resident accreditation to Paraguay. Australia opened a Consulate h in Asunción in January 2011.

Paraguay has an Embassy in Canberra, opened in September 2011.

Foreign relations

Australia and Paraguay are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Cairns Group, the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), United Nations (UN), and UN specialised agencies.

Paraguay is a member of Mercosur, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Organization of American States (OAS), which seek to advance a variety of regional political and economic interests.

Paraguay is an observer of the Pacific Alliance.

Paraguay has taken a more active role in multilateral trade issues since it became a member of the World Trade Organization in 1995, and joined the Cairns Group, chaired by Australia, in June 1997.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

Paraguayan visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
500
Australian visitors to Paraguay (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
200
Resident Australian population born in Paraguay (2016 Census)
436
Australian residents of Paraguayan descent (2016 Census)
423
Paraguayan Working Holiday Makers (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
N/A
Paraguay students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
99

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.

*Paraguay reports the number of Australian visitors as 463 in January to August 2019 [Paraguay Migraciones).

High level engagement

2017 May – Paraguay Vice Minister for Mines and Energy attended the 2017 Latin America Down Under Mining Conference in Perth.

2017 June – Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner visited Paraguay.

Agreements with Paraguay

  • 2017 MoU on Political Consultations
  • 2016 MoU on Education
  • 2012 Air Services Agreement
  • 1999 Bilateral Extradition Treaty

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Paraguay. In 2019-20, the Direct Aid Program supported projects focused on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, child protection, support to indigenous communities including access to education and social and economic inclusion.

The creation of an Australia-Paraguay Alumni Association in 2020, with Embassy support, has become a focal point for increasing country-to-country relations.

The Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provides grants to enhance Australia's economic, political and social relations with Latin America.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Paraguay by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Paraguay.

Business

Paraguay participated in the 2017 and 2014 Latin America Down Under Mining Conference in Australia, highlighting opportunities for Australian companies to engage in Paraguay's nascent mining industry.

In 2011 the Paraguayan-Australian Chamber of Commerce was formed. This organisation works closely with the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires to facilitate and encourage trade and investment between our two countries.

Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.

Austrade

Austrade offices

Australian Embassy in Argentina

Villanueva 1400
Buenos Aires C1426BMJ
Argentina

Tel: +54-11 4779 3500

General: info.ba.consular@dfat.gov.au

Facebook: Australia en Argentina, Uruguay y Paraguay

Twitter: @EmbAustraliaBA

Instagram: @ausemb_ar

Travel

See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Paraguay: smartraveller.gov.au

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