Pacific Alliance strengthens cooperation ties with Japan through the Together Program

February 9, 2023.- Within the framework of cooperation relations between the Pacific Alliance and Japan, nineteen young diplomats and government officials from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru visited Japan as part of the Together Program.

As part of this activity, the PA representatives visited the Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shunsuke Takei, who welcomed their participation and affirmed that the Pacific Alliance is an important ally, as well as a partner to work and grow together with within the framework of relations of cooperation and friendship.

Minister Takei also pointed out that this edition of the Together Program provides his country with the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience in disaster prevention and mitigation issues, as well as initiatives that use ICTs.

For their part, representatives of the delegations expressed their gratitude for this invitation and highlighted the relevant points on what was learned through the program.

It was also highlighted that this kind of activity allows to strengthen further the relationship between Japan and the Pacific Alliance, as well as the possibility of future cooperation with this integration mechanism.

Japan joined the Pacific Alliance as an Observer State in January 2013.

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Fifth and last forum of the PA-EFE Program: Capitalization Forum – Celebration of results and impacts, exchange of good practices and looks to the future

January 24, 2023.-  On January 24, 25 and 26, the fifth and last thematic forum of the PA-EFE Program will take place, the “Capitalization Forum: Celebration of results and impacts, exchange of good practices and looks to the future”, which will bring together some 150 people from the four countries of the Pacific Alliance and Canada, in Mexico City.

This three-day forum will give all the partners and allies of the Program the opportunity to reflect together and share the innovation experiences, approaches and tools developed in the Program’s projects, during the last seven years; make visible the impact of the PA-EFE in the region and promote the sustainability of the achievements and good practices of the Program.

The topics of the Forum will be developed focusing on the four axes established in the methodological proposal for the capitalization of the Program: Collaboration and harmonization in the PA region; Access and valorization of TVET; TVET Quality; and Services to companies and the community. As well as the cross-cutting issues of the Program: Gender Equality and Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability.

Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CiCAN

“We are delighted to bring together in Mexico City, in person and virtually, all the partners of the PA-EFE Program, our partners from the PA countries, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and all our members from Canada that participated in the institutional alliances of the Program, for this last Program Capitalization Forum, which will be a key opportunity to celebrate the results and impacts of this seven-year Program (2016-2023) and share good practices and innovation experiences, that will allow the formulation of recommendations for the sustainability and continuity of the activities initiated or strengthened by the Program. I am proud of the results and impacts of this Program, thanks to the valuable, excellent collaboration and participation of all the partners”.

The National Coordination of Mexico recognizes and values ​​the work that has been carried out over seven years of joint collaboration CICan – Pacific Alliance, a space that has made it possible to increase socioeconomic opportunities for women and men, in a sustainable and inclusive extractive sector in PA countries, focusing its attention on the issues of education, gender, indigenous peoples and the environment. This collaboration has allowed the exchange of experiences for the formulation of public policies that contribute to the development and improvement of our societies.

Graeme C. Clark, Canadian Ambassador to Mexico

“Today’s forum is an opportunity to establish a valuable dialogue between the multiple parties involved to capitalize on the different projects that have been carried out within this initiative. Together we can positively contribute to the economic development and long-term prosperity of our countries, while ensuring equitable management of natural resources and taking into account the protection of the environment”.

The Forum will be held in a hybrid mode, that is, in person in Mexico City, and with open and free virtual access, for three days. The Forum’s methodology will be reflective, formative and participatory. Simultaneous interpretation services and opportunities to ask questions will be offered, both for the participants present and for those who follow the forum virtually.

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The Pacific Alliance strengthened its international promotion strategy by including crosswise components such as gender, greater participation of MSMEs and market diversification

  • Within the framework of the pro tempore presidency of Mexico under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy of Mexico and in conjunction with ProChile, ProColombia and PromPerú; the Promotion Agencies Technical Group developed commercial and investment activities that impacted more than 300 exporting companies.

January 4, 2023.-  The 2022 joint work plan positively impacted trade relations between the countries that make up the Pacific Alliance and the bloc’s exporters with purchasing companies from prioritized third-party markets. The coordination of the Promotion Agencies Technical Group (GTAP) was characterized by continuing to include new strategic markets, promoting the participation of more Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and mainstreaming the gender approach in the various promotional joint activities. This through the incorporation of more women entrepreneurs in trade and investment promotion activities.

The joint promotion plan began in January with the “First Networking of Public Procurement Suppliers”. The objective of the activity was to strengthen the Alliance’s state contracting system and consolidate commercial relations between the companies of the bloc through an academic session and business meetings. Due to the forementioned, more than 70 companies of the Pacific Alliance were impacted.

At the end of March, the second activity of the year called “Program of Income Potentiality to China Marketplaces” was carried out, which had the purpose of providing 21 selected companies from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru with a diagnosis for their incursion into the channel of e-commerce in China.

In April, within the framework of the celebration of the eleventh anniversary of the Alliance, the first “Craft Fair of the Pacific Alliance” took place, which purpose was the promotion of the creative economy of the four countries. It consisted of a physical exhibition with handmade products from 21 Alliance companies and a virtual showroom. For the latter, 150 craft products from 54 companies in the block were promoted, reaching 19,000 visits and 118,000 impressions.

At the end of July and beginning of August, the ” X Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum of the Pacific Alliance LAB4+” was held. The purpose of this activity was to join efforts to promote and strengthen entrepreneurship, innovation and trade in services in the countries of the bloc. The Forum represented a meeting point for 104 entrepreneurs and exporters from the Pacific Alliance countries who had the opportunity to present, through 200 business meetings, projects or exportable offers to more than 37 investors and buyers from eight markets ( Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, the United States, Mexico, Peru and Singapore), which generated business expectations for 2 million 710 thousand 734 US dollars and an estimated investment ticket of 7 million 400 thousand 598 US dollars (USD).

Between August and October, the ” X Business Macro-Round of the Pacific Alliance ” was held. An iconic event focused on promoting exports of goods from the four countries of the bloc to potential buyers from more than 27 markets. This important promotional activity consisted of three virtual business roundtables focused on the American, European and Asian markets. During the three rounds, more than 150 exporting companies from the Pacific Alliance participated, having the opportunity to make business appointments with 62 international buyers. The foregoing left business expectations to the business fabric of the block for more than 5 million 790 thousand US dollars. In this edition, the participation of MSMEs was promoted, establishing a 60% quota in the three business roundtables. A 30% quota for companies led by women was also contemplated, specifically for commercial activity in Europe.

Finally, the Promotion Agencies Technical Group developed the second edition of the “Pacific Alliance Infrastructure Investment Opportunities Portfolio “, which consisted of 15 projects in roads, water and sanitation subsectors; railways, fluvial and ports. The dissemination of the Portfolio was carried out through two actions:

First. Investment opportunity seminars were held in Japan and Canada (the one in Canada is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2023). The seminar in Japan was held in November 2022 and more than 170 investment funds participated, as well as diplomatic personnel from the member countries of the Pacific Alliance and the Japanese business community. In that seminar they had the opportunity to hear first-hand the 15 infrastructure projects of the Alliance countries.

Second. In the first week of December, the “Virtual Investment Roundtable” was held for the first time, a commercial activity aimed at disseminating the Portfolio. In this space, the representatives of the infrastructure investment projects of the Alliance countries had the opportunity to meet with Chinese investors through one-on-one appointments with the intention of investing 7.84 billion US dollars.

The Promotion Agencies Technical Group reiterates its commitment to continue working together with the mission of promoting foreign trade and foreign investment in the region, as well as creating and developing strategies so that more Alliance companies obtain benefits and internationalize.

Women and MSMEs, the winners of the X Business Macro-Round of the Pacific Alliance

January 4, 2023.- As every year, the Promotion Agencies Technical Group of the Pacific Alliance, through its promotion agencies ProChile, ProColombia, the Ministry of Economy of Mexico and PromPerú, held the X Business Macro-Round of the Pacific Alliance, an iconic event of the mechanism of integration that aims to promote the best of the exportable supply of the bloc, thus promoting the commercial relationship between the four member countries and with prioritized third markets.

The X Macro-Round was made up of three virtual business roundtables, focused on markets in America (September 26 to 30), Europe (October 17 to 21), and Asia (October 24 to 28). The prioritized sectors were: agro-food and beverages, consumer goods such as textiles and footwear, wooden articles and fine pearls, cosmetic and hygiene products, medical instruments and general manufacturing such as mechanical, electrical and plastic devices.

It should be noted that, in this edition, the participation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) was promoted, as well as companies led by women, establishing a 60% quota for exporting MSMEs or those ready to export from the Pacific Alliance in the 3 business conference, and 30% of places for companies led by women specifically for commercial activity in Europe.

In these three business roundtables, 327 exporting companies from the Pacific Alliance had an opportunity to make business appointments with 128 international buyers from 27 countries. These commercial meetings left business expectations for the business fabric of the block for USD 5,790,091.00, which translates into more business opportunities aiming to have an increasingly integrated and global Pacific Alliance.

Finally, within the framework of this important joint promotion activity, two academic agendas were carried out. The first, on September 20 in the framework of the business conference with American countries and the second held on October 11 and 12 focused on the European and Asian markets. Both presented important points to consider when entering the three markets, such as: entry restrictions, certifications and good practices. In total, 178 people benefited from the information shared.

The Academic Agenda is available on the page of the Promotion Agencies Technical Group:

Pacific Alliance English Network holds discussion on language education

December 26, 2022.- “Opportunities and challenges in language education outside the urban context” was the name of the discussion organized by the English Network of the Pacific Alliance (RIAP in Spanish), which had more than 50 participants. This event was attended by authorities from the education sector of the four member states (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) and Dr. Jennifer Macdonald, Director of English Language Studies and University Access at Dalhousie University in Canada.

The conversation focused on English language teaching methodologies, specifically on the Content and Language Integrated Learning methodology, also known as CLIL or Content and Foreign Language Integrated Learning. Likewise, the implementation and use of technologies in linguistic education outside the urban context was addressed, where some virtual exchange dynamics were reviewed, as well as existing barriers.

Those present participated actively in the development of the conversation. Afterwards, they worked in groups on questions previously proposed by the Canadian expert. The Technical Education Group thanked Dr. Macdonald for organizing the meeting and for the participation of both Dr. Macdonald and Canada as an Observer State of the Pacific Alliance. Finally, the RIAP Technical Secretariat called for dissemination of the Network in order to jointly strengthen it among the Member States and Observers. The Technical Secretariat of the RIAP is in charge of Chile until December 2023.

The Government of Hungary awards scholarships to the countries of the Pacific Alliance

December 20, 2022.- Hungary offers high-quality education with a safe and friendly living environment in the heart of Europe. Hungary is also among the top countries with the highest number of scientific Nobel laureates per capita and numerous scientific inventions, from vitamin C to the Rubik’s cube.

Therefore, we are pleased to present the 2023/2024 call for the Hungarian Government scholarship program within the framework of the Pacific Alliance. Eight scholarships will be awarded, two for each member country, to carry out studies in this country. The call will be open until January 16, 2023.

The Student and Academic Mobility Platform of the Pacific Alliance, which purpose is to contribute to the formation of human capital in the four countries, offers the possibility of carrying out bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral studies or non-graduate programs (preparation and specialization courses) on issues related to agriculture, land management, wildlife, among other related issues.

The studies will be carried out in person at one of the 28 Higher Education Institutions that participate in the Hungarian Stipendium Hungaricum Program. The minimum required documents must be entered into the online system set up by the Hungarian government no later than January 16 at 23:59 (Central European Time).

The call for applications and the annexes can be found on the official page:

The online application system can be accessed here:

The Application guide for candidates can be found on the following website:

The scholarships include academic costs, lodging, medical insurance; in addition, a monthly maintenance in Hungarian national currency will be granted. It is important to clarify that the scholarship does not include tickets to and from the countries of origin of the selected people, who must cover their international air ticket.


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Teachers from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will reflect on digital skills in a virtual meeting “Forging teaching networks for the Pacific Alliance”

  • Teachers and principals of elementary or primary education will meet in this activity that aims to open a space for insight and conversation around the thematic axes of the nine free courses that the PA Digital Teaching Network—initiative of the Pacific Alliance—, made available this year to strengthen teachers’ digital skills.

December 14, 2022.- In 2022, more than 3,000 teachers and principals from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru joined the PA Digital Teaching Network, an initiative of the Pacific Alliance implemented by Fundación Chile, which was born to generate capacities of pedagogical use in digital technological tools, in view of the educational needs that were exacerbated by the pandemic.

During this period, the initiative has made available nine free, 100% online self-learning courses of high quality, which are grouped into three thematic axes: “Technology-mediated pedagogical practices”; “Education for the Digital Citizenship of the XXI Century” and “Use and management of digital tools”.

In order for the teachers and principals members of the PA Digital Teaching Network to delve into the aforementioned thematic axes and meet colleagues with similar interests, on Tuesday, December 20, this professional development platform will carry out its last activity of the year.

This is the “Virtual meeting: forging teaching networks for the Pacific Alliance”, which is aimed at teachers, professors and managers who have taken courses from the PA Digital Teaching Network. To participate in this activity, which has limited spaces, you must register on the platform and then enter the following link to enter the email to which the meeting access link will be sent.

Leading teachers

The opening of the meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. in Mexico; 10:00 hours from Colombia and Peru; and 12:00 Chilean hours. Afterwards, it will lead to the simultaneous thematic rooms. Room 1 will be led by Alberto Ramírez (Mexico), a researcher at the Universidad Veracruzana, Doctor in Educational Research and Master’s degree in Computer Science and Communication Media. Room 2 will be headed by Viviana Cano (Colombia), Sociologist and Master in Science, Technology and Education Management.

The teachers who are part of the PA Digital Teaching Network will also have a leading role, given that in each room there will be a panel with representatives of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance. Thus, in panel 1, Romina Jara, teacher of Biology and Natural Sciences at the Santa María de la Ligua School (Chile), will be present, while in panel 2, Juan Manuel Gómez, teacher at the Eusebio Septimio Mari Technical Ethno-educational Institution (Colombia)will be present.

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The concert “Beyond an Alliance” took place in Poland

December 13, 2022.- On December 12, 2022, the Mexican Ambassador to Poland, Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, inaugurated the concert “Beyond an Alliance”, organized in collaboration with the Embassies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in Poland.

Within the framework of Mexico’s pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance, the concert was held in the Kotlownia Hall of the Polish Vodka Museum in Warsaw, with the participation of the Mexican soprano Alejandrina Vázquez and the Polish pianist Adam Mikołaj Goździewski , who performed songs from the four member countries of the Alliance.

During the inauguration, the importance of promoting actions that allow positioning the Pacific Alliance as a vanguard mechanism with concrete results and the need to create a deep integration area that promotes greater growth, development and competitiveness of the economies that integrate it was highlighted.

Among the more than 80 attendees at the event, the presence of the Vice-President of the Polish Senate, Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the Senate, and Polish ministries and economic and cultural institutions stood out.

At the end of the event, a tasting of typical dishes from the four countries of the Pacific Alliance was offered.


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Pacific Alliance Business Forum

December 9, 2022.- The embassies of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance accredited in Austria held the “Pacific Alliance Business Forum”, organized jointly with the Austrian Federal Chamber of Economics (WKÖ), in Vienna.

The different segments were attended by important members of the Austrian, Slovak and Slovenian business community, as well as the Vice President of the WKO, Amelie Groß.

On behalf of the four countries of the Alliance participated María Claudia Alvarado, director of ProColombia in Germany; Gycs Gordon, director of the Commercial Office of Peru in Hamburg; Marcelo Villagrán, coordinator of the Chilean Strategy for Europe in the Green Hydrogen Sector. ProChile; and Mario Chacón, coordinator of Investment Promotion for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

In the round table participated eight Austrian, four Slovenian and one Slovakian companies, all from various industrial sectors. Also attended the four ambassadors in Austria of the PA countries and members of their teams. The presentations of the 4 panelists focused on the strengths and advantages of their economies and business environments, and the complementarity of markets that the regional bloc offers as a destination for investments and to integrate value chains.

The seminar registered an audience of more than one hundred people, including businessmen, academics, and the media. Likewise, it was attended by the ambassador of Ecuador in Austria, Mireya Muñoz Mera, and the ambassador of Costa Rica in Austria, Alejandro Solano Ortíz, as representatives of countries with a special close relationship with the PA.


Generations that connect and international solidarity as the articulating axis of the Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance in Colombia for the year 2022

Since August, 61 young volunteers from different regions of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru began the training process in several components that strengthened their skills and abilities for volunteering, social action, leadership, international solidarity, and above all, multifunctional monitoring and activation of older people, with or without visual limitations, thus making profitable use of Information and Communication Technologies to reach all corners where the beneficiaries of the program reside.

From Mexico, we have volunteers from Puebla, Jalisco, Hidalgo, Queretaro, and Mexico City; from Chile, volunteers from Temuco, La Araucanía Region, and Santiago de Chile; the volunteers from Peru (the majority of the program) are from Junín, Cajamarca, Callao, Rímac, Sachaca, Huacho, Lima, Chiclayo, and Cusco; also, from Colombia, a broad representation of volunteers from Sucre, Bolivar, Chocó, Atlántico, Antioquia, and Bogotá.

The training process, led by Human Bonds by Versania (now known as Versania Care and Life), included more than 100 hours of intensive training led by experts that involve a deep and emotionally charged understanding of the work of the volunteers to reduce the social gaps in the region; they addressed different dimensions of volunteering, their purpose, the sense and meaning of this action in social transformation, international solidarity, philanthropy and a broad and detailed vision of the challenges we face as a 21st-century society; in addition, the volunteers had complete training on the reality of the elderly in Colombia, the psychology of the elderly, bases for accompaniment, sensitive listening, and the physical, cognitive and occupational activation of the elderly with or without visual limitation. The training process ended on November 16.

Since October 24, with the support of Colpensiones, the UAEOS and the Presidential Council for Youth, the process of accompaniment began for 61 older people from all over Colombia, with or without visual limitations, who were sent to a multifunctional activation analog kit at home to be implemented together with the young volunteers in the distance. This kit was designed by the nursing and neuropsychology team at Human Bonds by Versania and also includes a whole package of activities in digital format that older people will be able to access and continue implementing after the program ends.