Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance meets in preparation for the Presidential Summit of the mechanism

During the meeting, the ministers adopted the Roadmap to implement the Presidential Declaration on Sustainable Management of Plastics.

December 10, 2020 – The last meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance, composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, was held in a semi-presential format, in preparation for the XV Summit of Heads of State to be held this Friday, December 11, at the Palacio de la Moneda.

The meeting, which was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Andrés Allamand, was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Claudia Blum, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Elizabeth Astete. Via telematics were the Minister of Foreign Trade of Peru, Claudia Cornejo; and for Mexico, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, and Secretary of Economy, Graciela Márquez.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Andres Allamand highlighted that “we are pleased to present the year and a half of the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance with great achievements, despite the contingencies we have faced with the global health crisis. Among these, the strategy to have a regional digital market, the insertion of women in the economy, the development of a more sustainable common space and a joint work plan that seeks to mitigate the adverse effects of the health crisis stand out. In addition, with an improvement in management according to the times we are living that brings benefits to our citizens”.

During the session, the Council of Ministers adopted the Roadmap towards a Sustainable Management of Plastics, which aims to implement the Presidential Declaration signed at the XIV Lima Summit, where it is agreed to work in eight areas of action: Regulation, good practices and public policies; Innovation, research and business transformation; Plastic waste management and recycling; Circular economy; Financing; Education, information and citizen transformation; Commerce; and International cooperation.

The Council also received the report on the work developed by the High Level Group (GAN, by its acronym in Spanish), highlighting the Declarations and roadmaps that will be signed at the Summit of Presidents regarding the Regional Digital Market and Gender Equality. The authorities also addressed the report on the Additional Protocol, the decisions adopted by the Free Trade Commission and Regulatory Annexes, among other matters.

During the meeting, information was also given on the holding of the II Cooperation Forum PA, where representatives of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru met with 226 delegates from 49 countries, representatives of the Observer States of the PA, the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC) and ASEAN. Among the most important areas for exploring possible joint cooperation projects are global value chains, education, gender, environment, digital agenda, disaster management and artificial intelligence, among others.

The ministers also approved the Work Plan of the Cooperation Fund for 2021 for one million dollars, the same amount executed in 2020, and which benefited projects related to the support of citizens in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan for next year, which will be focused on reducing social and educational gaps and moving towards economic reactivation, includes: a Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance; workshops for the Management of Psychosocial Factors and Promotion of Mental Health at Work; and a Workshop for the formulation of the Disaster Risk Management Project.

The authorities additionally received the report of the Finance Ministers of the PA and the report of the V Pacific Alliance Youth Meeting. This event actively convened nearly 25,000 young people from the four countries.

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The last meeting of Vice Ministers of the Pacific Alliance is held prior to the Presidential Summit of the regional bloc

December 9, 2020. Today was the last meeting of the High Level Group (GAN, by its acronym in Spanish) of the Pacific Alliance, prior to the Presidential Summit to be held on Friday, December 11, at the Palacio de La Moneda, where Chile will transfer the pro tempore presidency to Colombia.

The meeting was held in a semi-presential format with the participation of the Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Chile and Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

During the session, the GAN reviewed the Declarations and roadmaps that will be signed at the Summit of Presidents regarding the Regional Digital Market, Gender Equality and also the roadmap on Sustainable Management of Plastics, which will be signed by the ministers on Thursday. Likewise, the authorities of the bloc addressed the status of the situation and the Work Plan of the Cooperation Fund 2021, the distribution of the coordination of the technical groups for 2021, the report on the Additional Protocol, the decisions adopted by the Free Trade Commission and Regulatory Annexes, among other matters.

The Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, Rodrigo Yáñez, highlighted that in the context of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 “The Pacific Alliance has reinforced its objectives, taking a leap into digital through the launch of the Regional Digital Market, in addition to reinforcing its commitment to the incorporation of women in/into trade and with sustainability, essential elements to advance towards a sustainable economic recovery of the region”.

In addition to the authority of SUBREI, the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Carolina Valdivia; and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Adriana Mejía, were present. The Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Colombia, Laura Valdivieso, the Undersecretaries of Foreign Affairs, Maximiliano Reyes, and of Economy, Luz María de la Mora of Mexico; and the Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Talavera, and of Foreign Trade, Diego Llosa, from Peru, connected via telematics.

Chile assumed the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance on July 6, 2019 at the Summit of Presidents in Lima, Peru, and due to the pandemic, the members decided to extend it exceptionally until December 2020. Since March, all meetings of technical groups, committees, national coordinators and the High Level Group have been carried out virtually, which add up to about 500 to date.

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Professionals from the Pacific Alliance countries will carry out training courses on specific MRV subjects

Thanks to the support of Environmental and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), more than 30 professionals from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will initiate a series of training courses and updating of knowledge on MRV. The courses will be taught by GHG Management Institute under the e-learning modality. Among the topics that will be taught are the measurement of GHG for forestry projects and land use; renewable energy projects and industrial processes.

The trainings are contextualized in the work of the Technical Subgroup on MRV of the Pacific Alliance (SGT-MRV), which has among its objectives the permanent strengthening of capacities within the institutions in charge of designing and implementing climate policy in each of the member countries.

Second Dialogue between the Pacific Alliance and the European Union on the reactivation of the tourism sector

About 25 representatives of the public and private tourism sectors of the countries of the Pacific Alliance and the European Union discussed how to recover tourism.

December 2, 2020 – The Pacific Alliance (PA) and the European Union (EU) jointly organized the conference “Dialogues for a sustainable and digital post-COVID recovery of the tourism industry”, with the aim of improving knowledge and sharing experiences to mitigate the global impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector. The conference took place in virtual format on December 1 and 2, 2020.

The PA and the EU are committed to promoting a post-COVID recovery of the tourism sector, emphasizing a more digitized and sustainable sector. Tourism is of key importance to/in the economies of both blocs and has been severely affected by the pandemic. Losses are estimated at US$15 billion in the AP countries this year and the arrival of international tourists to Europe shows a reduction of about 60% in 2020, compared to data from 2019.

During the event, perspectives were exchanged and experiences shared between the public and private sectors to overcome and facilitate the recovery of the activity. Emphasis was placed on SMEs, which represent approximately 90% of business in both blocs.

At the opening, Brian Glynn, Executive Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the EU, noted that “the EU and the Pacific Alliance are well positioned to work together on the sustainable and digital recovery of the tourism sector. The digital economy and environmental issues are the main priorities in our cooperation”.

“We find this second event key, with which we are learning first-hand the experience of the result of the measures adopted after the summer season in the European continent, and which will help us prepare for the summer in the southern hemisphere,” said Angélica Romero, Director General (S) of Multilateral Economic Affairs, SUBREI, of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who participated in her capacity as representative of the pro tempore presidency of Chile of the Pacific Alliance.

The list of high-level speakers included representatives from the European Commission (DG GROW), tourism sector authorities from France, Spain, Portugal and the Alliance countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Also present were some of the major EU tourism associations and private sector representatives from the PA who exchanged positions on the best strategies to support the recovery of the tourism industry.

In addition, during the Dialogue, companies that have developed successful experiences with sustainable and digital models in their businesses shared solutions for the sector.

The national director of Sernatur, Andrea Wolleter, valued the event and said that “this type of dialogue allows us to build the bridges that our industry needs, because it not only brings together a global problem, but also allows us to gather successful experiences and design strategies that help us recover our industry and boost the economy of our countries.

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Comparative Analysis of Systems for the Assessment and Certification of Labor Competences in the Pacific Alliance launched

December 1, 2020. Today was the launch of the Comparative Analysis of Systems for the Assessment and Certification of People’s Labour Competences in the Countries of the Pacific Alliance, where nearly 120 people participated, representatives of different public and private entities from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, as well as delegates from the EuroSociAL+ Programme and representatives from the European Union.

The presentation of this Comparative Analysis is the result of the fulfillment of the commitments acquired by the Technical Labor Group (GTL, by its acronym in Spanish) of the PA in the Lima Declaration signed in the framework of the XIV Presidential Summit, held in July 2019. On that occasion, the labor mandate was established to “prepare a comparative report on labour skills assessment and certification systems in the countries of the Pacific Alliance, as a first step towards the development of a roadmap to standardize the certification systems”. 

To carry out this task, a Network of Experts in the certification of labor competencies was created within the GTL, made up of representatives from the Commission of the National System of Certification of Labor Competencies of Chile, ChileValora; the National Learning Service of Colombia, SENA; the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Labor Competences of Mexico, CONOCER; and the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion of Peru; which has received technical and financial support from EuroSociAL+ to prepare this report.

At the opening of the event, jointly organized by the GTL, its Network of Experts in Certification of Labour Competences and delegates from the EuroSociAL+ Programme, authorities representing the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance and the European Commission highlighted the importance of multilateralism and international cooperation within the Alliance.

Subsequently, the Vice Minister of Employment and Pensions of the Ministry of Labor of Colombia, Andrés Felipe Uribe, and the Executive Secretary of ChileValora, Francisco Silva Bafalluy, referred to the importance of the Homologation of Labor Certifications for the Development of the Pacific Alliance, taking into account the challenges within the Alliance to promote labor mobility and create strategies that facilitate labor insertion or continuity of studies in the countries of the Alliance.

Next, the representatives of the EuroSociAL+ Programme, Andrea Carlo Monaco, senior technician of the Social Policies Area of the EuroSociAL+ Programme, and Gloria Arredondo, one of the consultants hired by this entity for the development of the study, presented the main conclusions and recommendations of the Comparative Analysis, understanding that the development of this initiative contributes to the objective of the Alliance to achieve the free transit of people, in particular from the labor area, since it will facilitate mobility within the labor markets, improving the conditions of income and recognition of work experiences.

Taking into account the growing intraregional migration in Latin America, which is largely due to labor reasons, and the impacts of the pandemic on the world of work, Rodrigo Rojas Navarrete, General Director of CONOCER of Mexico, and Elizabeth Cornejo Maldonado, Director of Standardization and Certification of Labor Competencies of the Ministry of Labor and Promotion of Employment of Peru, commented on the challenges for the certification systems for the countries of the Pacific Alliance, specifically the importance of creating conditions for migrants to have their labor and professional skills recognized, as an instrument to facilitate their labor insertion and/or the continuity of studies in the destination countries.

Finally, the Director of the National System of Training for Work of SENA Colombia, William Orozco, closed the event by talking about the future perspectives of national competence certification systems and the importance of continuing the work of the Network of Experts in benefit of the articulation of the certification systems of the four countries.

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V Pacific Alliance Youth Meeting | Thousands of young people in the region participate in Youth Employability Meeting

November 27, 2020. This week, the V Meeting of Youth of the Pacific Alliance was held: “Youth, employability and the impact of the pandemic”, which actively convened, on November 24 and 25, about 25 thousand young people from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The event was organized by the company Nestlé together with the Government of Chile, in its capacity as pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance (PA), and the Swiss Government, as Observer State.

At the inauguration, the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, pointed out that “this meeting with representatives of the public and private world, academics, experts, entrepreneurs and above all thousands of young people, is an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on a topic that interests us all, the future of the youth of the countries of our region”.

The 2020 version, for the first time and due to the coronavirus pandemic, was carried out virtually and focused on giving visibility to the impact of the pandemic on youth employability, presenting the model of alternation as a concrete solution to combat youth unemployment, in addition to empowering young people with tools to cope with this new work reality.

“This Fifth Meeting is a unique occasion to support and complement the efforts of the governments of the countries that make up the Pacific Alliance to provide all young people with an opportunity to start their professional lives, integrate into the community and improve their future,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé’s CEO for the Americas. He added that “we are very proud that despite the crisis we are experiencing, both the public and private sectors have been able to meet at this meeting which is a platform for dialogue, exchange of good experiences and delivery of concrete tools for young people. And also that we have managed to generate 100,000 development opportunities together with our partner companies from 2017 to date”.

For two days, young people were able to participate in panels on “How the pandemic has impacted the employability of young people in the Pacific Alliance and what we are doing to combat this situation”, where the authorities of the Ministries of Labor of the 4 countries of the PA participated; in “Models of Alternation in Training: Another look to combat youth unemployment”, which had as panelists ministers and undersecretaries of Education of the PA; New Trends in the Labor Market: Do you have the skills for the employment of the future? which had the participation of the director of Sence, and representatives and founders of successful companies.

In addition, there were testimonials from partner companies, success stories, presentations on Women, technology and the work of the future; Youth, employability and digital transformation; and Tips that will change the way you work remotely. They also had access to six parallel talks on relevant topics such as digital marketing, employability and personal branding, equity in the business world, among others.

The presentation of the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi stood out, who shared with the young people his personal and professional experience, and spoke of the importance of not stopping dreaming despite the difficulties, of resilience, adaptation and renewal.

At the closing of the V Meeting of Youth of the Pacific Alliance, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Andrés Allamand, and of Colombia, Claudia Blum, highlighted the importance of working with young people, of training them, and of generating opportunities for them to face the future.

Youth Meeting

The Meeting is held since 2016 in the Pacific Alliance, and was born under the auspices of the Nestlé global program “Initiative for Youth”, with the aim of strengthening this cooperation to promote employability, mobility and provide tools for young people, a meeting is held every year that seeks to be a platform for dialogue between public and private sector, experts and young people on the subject. In 2019, it was in Mexico City, in 2018 in Cali (Colombia), in 2017 in Santiago (Chile) and the first in 2016 in Lima (Peru).

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With several offers of cooperation, the II Pacific Alliance International Cooperation Forum culminates

Among the most outstanding areas to explore possible joint cooperation projects are global value chains, education, gender, environment, digital agenda, disaster management, artificial intelligence, among others.

November 26, 2020 – Yesterday, the II Pacific Alliance (PA) International Cooperation Forum ended, where representatives of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru met with 226 delegates from 48 countries, representatives of the PA Observer States, the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC) and ASEAN.

The Forum, which was intended to consolidate the relationship with the observer states of the mechanism, with which it has been working jointly for several years, was divided into five chapters: the Americas; the EEC, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa; the European Union and its members; East Asia and Oceania; and ASEAN, and it was developed entirely virtually.

The chapters addressed topics of diverse technical scope, related to international cooperation and economic cooperation. These included: SMEs; Agenda and Digital Economy; Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; Mobility of People and Security; Creative and Cultural Industries; Science, Technology and Innovation; Smart Cities and Transportation; Tourism Reactivation; Environment, Sustainability and Water Resources Management; Facilitation of Trade in Services; and Disaster Risk Management, among others.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the Second Forum, as it has been demonstrated that our integration block today more than ever interacts vividly with its Observer States. We hope to be able to implement each of the projects, ideas and ambitions presented. From the Pacific Alliance we maintain our commitment to our citizens to push for solutions, and to work actively with our partners for economic reactivation,” said Rodrigo Yáñez, Undersecretary of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, the country that holds the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance.

The first session with the countries of the Americas was held on November 10, with the participation of 68 representatives from 10 observer countries. During this meeting, various proposals emerged, such as that of Canada to share experiences in relation to Global Value Chains, Services and Cultural Industries, in addition to reviewing elements on the Gender approach.

On November 12, in the chapter referring to Europe, Eurasia, Africa, the Middle East and India, 27 representatives from 11 observer states participated, highlighting the offer of cooperation from Switzerland to hold a workshop on Public Procurement, continuing cooperation with the private sector in water management; from Georgia the collaboration in the exchange of ideas on the facilitation of trade in services; while Norway invited to participate in a workshop on Disaster Management.

The third chapter was dedicated to the European Union, on November 17, where 80 delegates from 17 countries of the European bloc spoke with the PA counterparts on possible areas of cooperation. In particular, the European Union offered to deepen the technical work on the Environment, Digital Agenda and Tourism; while Spain expressed its interest in carrying out workshops of interest to the Alliance together with its Spanish centers in Latin America, as well as giving continuity in terms of Education to programs and scholarships; and Slovenia proposed to provide experiences in the field of artificial intelligence, deepening in areas of cybersecurity and digital threats.

At the fourth meeting, on November 19, representatives of the Pacific Alliance met with 21 delegates from Australia, China, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand, where they discussed cooperation interests in the digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as facilitating access for SMEs to global value chains. In the area of innovation, New Zealand offered to exchange experiences on innovation applied to agriculture.

Finally, on the night of November 24, the final chapter of the II Forum was held with the meeting with countries of Southeast Asian and ASEAN, where 30 delegates participated. One of the most important topics was disaster management, in which Indonesia and Thailand pledged interest in participating in a workshop on the subject in early 2021. Indonesia also expressed its interest in collaborating with the Pacific Alliance on Mobility of People and Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery, as well as working with the PA on the gender gap, sharing good practices for overcoming the problem. the problem.

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Women from the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur train for the digital age

On the occasion, the results of a study on the characterization of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen of the Pacific Alliance, carried out in conjunction with the IDB, were also presented.

November 11, 2020. Nearly a hundred women entrepreneurs and businesswomen from the countries of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, participated today in the webinar “Women and International Trade: Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age”, organized by the Technical Group on Gender of the Pacific Alliance.

The activity was inaugurated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Andrés Allamand, and of Women and Gender Equity, Mónica Zalaquett, from Chile. “I am convinced that supporting the social and economic empowerment of women is key to accelerating the necessary economic recovery at all levels. I firmly believe that events like today’s provide a space to share and deepen experiences of female economic empowerment through financial inclusion, digital inclusion, and labor inclusion, all of which highlight and encourage entrepreneurship from a gender perspective, which is more relevant today than ever before,” said Minister Allamand.

This activity stems from the urgent need to provide tools and accompany companies in their digital transformation process, especially those led by women, due to the persistence of the digital gender divide and the current health crisis that has made it even more visible.

“We are facing an economy that is suffering the ravages of the pandemic, and that has seen how the processes of digitalization have accelerated in the way of working and interacting. We also know that it will take longer to recover jobs and pay levels like those we used to know, and that encouraging female entrepreneurship and training women in applied technological skills is essential to accelerate sustainable progress. Women are key to the recovery of our countries,” said Minister Zalaquett.

The webinar began with the presentation of the main results of the study “Women entrepreneurs in foreign trade of the Pacific Alliance: who are they, what barriers do they face, and how can we enhance their growth and internationalization­?” by Alejandra Villota, Coordinator of ConnectAmericas for Women and Trade and Investment Specialist of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This study sought to characterize women entrepreneurs in the PA, identify the main challenges they face in their commercial and export activities, and make recommendations to support the growth of their ventures and increase their participation in foreign trade.

“The study shows a clear x-ray of who the women entrepreneurs of the PA are, what are the main characteristics of their companies, and the barriers they face in their commercial and export activity. This characterization will guide the formulation of public policies and the development of activities and programs that more effectively support women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and consolidate themselves in the dynamic engines of intraregional trade and employment recovery throughout the region,” explained Alejandra Villota.

In addition, Villota pointed out that an update of the study is being carried out, integrating the factor COVID-19 and its effect on women entrepreneurs and their business activities.

Afterwards, Marco Terán Aguilar, Digital Development Director of Fundación País Digital, made a presentation entitled “Restart your business: The power of digital transformation”, where he gave guidelines for the digital transformation that has had to be accelerated due to the pandemic and also to rethink organizations and make positive, sustainable and lasting changes.

The webinar audience was then directed to participate in four workshops, where participants were able to receive more detailed information on topics such as “Digital Monetization Models” (Ximena Jaramillo); “Boosting my business through the Experience #DigitalizationInclusiva” (Jennifer Fernandez); “Digital Transformation and Change Management” (Patricia Barrientos); and “Are people happy when you arrive, or when you leave? Post-Pandemic Leadership Challenges” (Carolina Angarita Barrientos).

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Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade meet virtually | Pacific Alliance prepares Summit in the final stretch of the Chilean presidency

November 6, 2020. In preparation for the Summit of Presidents to be held in December, the High Level Group (GAN, by its acronym in Spanish) of the Pacific Alliance met virtually today, composed of the Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

The meeting was headed by the Undersecretary of International Economic Relations of Chile, Rodrigo Yáñez -country that holds the pro tempore presidency of the bloc-, and had the participation of Adriana Mejía, Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Laura Valdivieso, Vice-Minister of Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, on behalf of Colombia; from Mexico, Maximiliano Reyes, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Luz María De la Mora, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy; and on behalf of Peru, Manuel Talavera, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Diego Llosa, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Among the topics reviewed during the meeting by the vice-ministers was the progress of the presidential mandates in the different areas of the Alliance. This year, the bloc has focused its efforts on advancing in the regional digital market, on implementing actions that help mitigate the effects of the pandemic and on advancing in areas that allow for more inclusive policies, incorporating instruments that promote the economic empowerment of women and the internationalization of companies led by women. Thus, the Vice-Ministers were informed of the work being done by the Working Groups and held a dialogue with representatives of ECLAC, the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance and the Council of Finance Ministers of PA.

In terms of cooperation, the GAN highlighted the virtual holding of the II Pacific Alliance International Cooperation Forum, where the 59 observer states of the Alliance will participate and will be developed by geographical area, between November 10 and 25.

Finally, Undersecretary Yáñez announced the preparations that are being made for the XV Summit of Presidents to be held in Santiago on December 11. In addition, at the end of this event, Chile will transfer the pro tempore presidency to Colombia.

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Con una participación de más de 2000 personas, concluye Foro Intersectorial de Educación y Formación Técnico Profesional entre Alianza del Pacífico y Canadá

El Foro es parte de las actividades del programa Educación para el Empleo en la Alianza del Pacifico (EPE-AP) que se desarrolla en conjunto y es financiado por el gobierno de Canadá.

5 de noviembre de 2020. Hoy concluyó la cuarta y última sesión del “Tercer Foro Intersectorial de Educación y Formación Técnica y Profesional: Buenas Prácticas y Políticas en la Alianza del Pacífico y Canadá”, que contó con la participación, en sus cuatro sesiones, de más de 2.000 personas de los cuatro países de la AP: Chile, Colombia, México y Perú, y de Canadá, país observador de la Alianza, así como de otros países.

La directora general (s) de Asuntos Económicos Multilaterales de la Cancillería chilena, Angélica Romero, expresó los agradecimientos a Canadá, en nombre de la presidencia pro tempore Chile, de la Alianza del Pacífico, por su apoyo para realizar este Foro y explicó que “el desarrollo de esta actividad nos ayuda avanzar en el desafío de lograr una Alianza del Pacifico más integrada, ciudadana, global y conectada al año 2030; ya que la cooperación canadiense enlaza al sector educativo con el sector productivo de los países de la Alianza”.

El Foro, corresponde al tercero, que se realiza en el marco del Programa Educación para el Empleo en la Alianza del Pacífico, EPE-AP, ejecutado por Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), asociación canadiense de institutos tecnológicos, y tuvo como propósito intercambiar buenas prácticas, políticas y lineamientos innovadores, compartir conocimientos y experiencias, a fin de generar un diálogo regional dinámico y enriquecedor entre las delegaciones participantes.

La presidenta y directora general de Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), Denise Amyot, señaló que “estamos muy contentos y orgullosos sobre el excelente resultado del Foro virtual Intersectorial de EFTP. La impresionante lista de autoridades políticas y especialistas que se presentaron durante las últimas cuatro semanas, y el número de participantes que se conectaron durante las cuatro sesiones, demuestra la importancia de estos temas, el interés y el compromiso en el fortalecimiento de la EFTP y, por supuesto, el valor del diálogo y la cooperación. Estamos encantados de ver cifras de participación tan altas logrando un alcance e impacto generalizados”.

El Tercer Foro estuvo estructurado en tres paneles: Articulación Inter Niveles, Vinculación de la Educación y Formación Técnica y Profesional (EFTP) y el Sector Productivo, y Aseguramiento de la Calidad, que se realizaron los días 15, 22 y 29 de octubre, respectivamente. Estos tres webinarios permitieron cumplir el propósito de intercambiar buenas prácticas, políticas y lineamientos innovadores, así como compartir conocimientos y experiencias entre los cuatro países de la AP y Canadá, el evento contó con la participación de 25 expertos internacionales -incluyendo a la Directora del Centro Internacional EFTP de la UNESCO-UNEVOC, Soo-Hyang Choi, a fin de generar un diálogo regional dinámico y enriquecedor entre los expertos y los participantes.

La cuarta y última sesión del Foro realizada hoy tuvo un carácter participativo y dinámico, y estuvo dirigida específicamente a actores nacionales y ministeriales, del sector privado, de la sociedad civil y directivos institucionales de los cuatro países de la AP y Canadá, con el objetivo de identificar recomendaciones para una implementación práctica y sostenible de lo expuesto en estos últimos tres webinarios. Además, se trabajó en subgrupos geográficos lo que permitió identificar buenas prácticas y políticas prioritarias para cada ministerio u organización y el establecimiento de grupos de trabajo en sinergia.

“La inspiradora lista de autoridades y expertos como presentadores en el Foro, así como el impresionante número de participantes que se conectaron durante las cuatro sesiones, demuestra la importancia de estos temas, el interés y el compromiso por fortalecer la EFTP y, por supuesto, el valor del diálogo internacional y cooperación. Fue emocionante ver a representantes del sector público, privado y civil, y en particular, a los aproximadamente 800 estudiantes y profesores. La Alianza del Pacífico se beneficiará de este alto nivel e impacto alcanzado”, concluyó Sara Cohen, directora general, Oficina de América del Sur y de Asuntos Interamericanos, Asuntos Globales de Canadá.

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