The webinar on Climate Change organized by the Network of Fisheries andAquaculture Research Institutions of the Pacific Alliance (IIPA-AP Network) was widely attended

November 14, 2023.- On November 10, 2023, the webinar “Climate Change: vulnerability and possible effects on fisheries and aquaculture” was held, an event that brought together more than 100 attendees from the different countries that participate in the Network of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Institutions of the Pacific Alliance (IIPA-AP Network), which includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, in addition to Argentina.

Presentations were made by Dr. Jaime Letelier of the Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP), Chile; Dr. Adolfo Chamorro of the Instituto del Mar del Perú (IMARPE), Dr. Micaela Giorgini of the Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), Argentina; and Dr. Doris Soto of the Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR), Chile.

In their presentations, the experts shared information on current and future oceanographic conditions along the national coasts, including the influence of environmental variability on the sustainability of biodiversity and fishing and aquaculture activities. They also emphasized the importance of research and monitoring; education and awareness raising; the need for collaboration between different institutions and countries; and the generation of public policies based on scientific information. All this to advance towards the adaptation of the fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change.

This webinar, organized by IFOP, is one of the activities contained in the Work Plan 2023-2024 of the IIPA-AP Network. This type of event seeks to generate spaces for rapprochement and discussion between the research institutions that make up the Network, as well as with other actors associated with the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region. The event was attended by professionals from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Chile; Colombia Productiva, an entity belonging to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia; representatives of the Technical Groups of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Environment and Green Growth of the Pacific Alliance; among others.

Public-Private Dialogue: Public-Private Roadmap for the Development ofMSMEs and Entrepreneurship in the Pacific Alliance

9 November 2023.- Within the framework of the II Meeting of the SME Exporter of the Pacific Alliance (PA), which took place on November 9 and 10, in the city of Lima, Peru, the Public-Private Dialogue was held in relation to the proposal of the Public-Private Roadmap, which is currently being developed by the PA SME and Entrepreneurship Technical Group, with a view to promoting the growth, development and competitiveness of the business activity of MSMEs in the economies of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance.

The Dialogue aimed to establish a shared understanding of the challenges faced by MSMEs and entrepreneurship in the four countries and how the public and private sector can jointly address them; the promotion of cooperation between the public sector, businesses and other stakeholders to implement effective measures in support of MSMEs and Entrepreneurship; analyzing the impact of previous policies and programs related to MSMEs and Entrepreneurship, and determining what has worked and what needs to be improved; and promoting transparency in the decision-making process with all stakeholders.

This activity was led by the Pacific Alliance SME and Entrepreneurship Technical Group, with the participation of international organizations, including the IDB, OECD and ECLAC, representatives of micro, small and medium-sized companies, representatives of cooperatives and trade associations, and representatives of the PA Business Council (CEAP).

It should be noted that this type of dialogue is essential to facilitate collaboration with a view to establishing shared objectives and joint work strategies to address challenges more effectively.

II Meeting of the Exporting SME of the Pacific Alliance promotes internationalization of MSMEs in the region

November 9.- With the participation of representatives of trade unions, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, exporting companies and companies with export potential, the II Meeting of the Exporting SME of the Pacific Alliance was held in Lima, Peru.

The activity organized by the PA Business Council (CEAP), with the support of the Technical Group on SMEs and Entrepreneurship of the Pacific Alliance, aimed to promote the internationalization of MSMEs in the region.

During the meeting, topics related to the sustainability management of SMEs in the Pacific Alliance, digitalization and financial inclusion, e-commerce and artificial intelligence for SMEs were addressed.

Success stories of SMEs exporting goods and services from the countries that make up this mechanism were also presented.

The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Production of Peru, Ana María Choquehuanca, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Juan Carlos Mathews, in their capacity as pro tempore presidency of the mechanism.

Successful completion of the Pacific Alliance’s Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture project

  • The initiative was financed by the PA Cooperation Fund, and executed by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Chile, through the Universidad de Concepción and the Future of Fish Foundation.

The coronavirus directly affected the economic activities of all sectors worldwide. The Pacific Alliance (PA) countries were no exception. It is in this context that the project “Promoting the marketing and consumption of artisanal fishery and aquaculture products in the Pacific Alliance, in order to contribute to mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic” was born.

The initiative, financed by the PA Cooperation Fund, and developed during 7 months, ended with an online workshop to share the results, strengths and difficulties of the process, and the experiences on the measures taken in each country to face and mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Juan Fernando Cifuentes Restrepo, from Colombia Productiva and current Coordinator of the Technical Group on Fisheries and Aquaculture (GTPA) of the PA, indicated that this project was born within the framework of the work plan of this instance and that “it is the materialization of its lines of work, of course, since it has counted on the work and commitment and the contribution of the experience of different actors from the four member countries, whom I thank for all their effort and the time dedicated to this initiative”.

He also reflected on the importance of implementing this type of initiative, and that hopefully this is the first step of many, “since with interventions as relevant as this one, and I say relevant because it seeks to favor and support men and women engaged in artisanal fishing and aquaculture, strengthening their productive and commercial skills and generating new capacities, which results in the generation of higher income and, of course, positive effects on their living conditions,” he said.
Julio Jorquera Guerrero, technical manager and member of the International Affairs Unit of Chile’s Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Subpesca, said that the value of this project was to bring together virtually men and women from the four PA countries who live around artisanal fishing and aquaculture.

“During the course of the execution, common gaps became evident, among them, low digitalization and connectivity, as well as associativity. The interest of users in exporting, as well as in training in food safety and marketing, was also evident. It is these sectoral needs that set the tone for what we must continue to work on as PA,” he said.

The Subpesca professional also noted that “it is important to give value to the products developed in this project, such as the Women’s Network booklet, the strategy to increase consumption and the COVID learning process. These documents provide guidelines to the four countries (public and private entities), as well as to the GTPA, on how to strengthen the marketing and consumption of the products.

Sandra Ferrada Fuentes, a researcher at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and coordinator of the executing team, said that it was a challenging task in which “networking and international collaboration were essential. We exchanged knowledge and experiences with the GTPA focal points, which allowed us to have a great representativeness and geographical coverage, broadening our perspective and approach”.

Finally, she thanked all the representatives for their willingness and commented that, although the challenges faced by artisanal fisheries and aquaculture are many and complex, “they require the collaboration of governments, industry, local communities and international organizations to find sustainable solutions. The joint work of the Pacific Alliance’s GTPA is a step in the right direction to address them effectively”.

All the material generated during the implementation of the initiative, such as informative documents, webinars, videos of the member countries, will be available on the PA website, specifically in the section corresponding to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Group.

The initiative was financed by the Pacific Alliance Cooperation Fund. For its materialization, a resource transfer agreement for USD 105,900 was signed between the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation and the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Government of Chile, the latter being responsible for the execution of the project, through the Universidad de Concepción de Chile and the Future of Fish Foundation.

Review the final meeting of the initiative “Results dissemination workshop”.

Joint Press Release | Meeting between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and the National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance

The annual meeting between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and the National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance was held on 31 October 2023 in hybrid format to give continuity to the activities of the 2021-2025 Work Plan, as well as to reaffirm the ties of cooperation and friendship between the two regional blocs.

The Meeting exchanged views on developments in both regions, reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Work Plan (2021-2025) and discussed ways to further promote cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance, with emphasis on Gender Equality; Student Mobility; Digital Economy; Environment; Culture; and Education.

Both sides highlighted the importance of promoting bi-regional work, making their achievements visible. At the Meeting, the Pacific Alliance presented four proposals with regard to joint activities on gender mainstreaming, sustainable management of plastic waste, student and academic exchanges, and cultural exchanges. To institutionalise the engagement between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and the National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance, the Meeting agreed to revise the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation and to subsequently submit it to the ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting for adoption. They also looked forward to resuming the Ministerial Meetings between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance in 2024 and onwards.

The Meeting was attended by members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance, with physical attendance of the Ambassador and representatives from the Embassies of Pacific Alliance Member Countries in Jakarta, as well as the representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat, and Timor-Leste as an observer.

COMMUNICATION | Pacific Alliance Youth Volunteering – 2023 Edition

The Pacific Alliance Youth Volunteering Program – 2023 Edition has been successfully completed!

The Technical Group for Cooperation of the Pacific Alliance and the youth/volunteerism instances of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are grateful for the enthusiasm and commitment of all the young people participating in the projects of the aforementioned mentioned Program, which reactivated the face-to-face execution of its activities.

If you are interested in community work and regional integration of youth:

Participate in the 2024 edition that we are preparing for you!

Thank you very much!

High-Level Group of the Pacific Alliance meets in Lima

October 18, 2023.- The High Level Group (GAN) of the Pacific Alliance (PA), which brings together deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, as well as their representatives, from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, met on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 in Lima.

The high authorities reviewed the status of the processes with the candidates for Associate States and the accession of new full members of the integration mechanism.

The GAN also reviewed the preparations for the following events: (i) II Meeting of PA Exporting SME, to be held on November 9 in Lima with a view to benefiting MSMEs of the four countries; (ii) V PA Cooperation Forum with Observer States, and (iii) the next meeting of PA National Coordinators with the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ANSEA), to advance joint activities and exchanges on topics of common interest.

The authorities also received representatives of the Pacific Alliance Business Council (CEAP), made up of the private sector of the four countries, to learn about their initiatives and recommendations. Representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a strategic partner of the PA, also attended the virtual meeting to follow up on the valuable technical-financial support of this institution in the development of topics such as innovation, environment, gender, among others.

The meeting was attended by Ignacio Higueras, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Teresa Mera, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, for Peru, which currently holds the pro tempore presidency of the mechanism; for Chile, Marcela Otero, Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs, representing the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Claudia Sanhueza; for Colombia, Luis Felipe Quintero, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, and Ambassador Javier Higuera, Director of Regional Coordination and Integration Mechanisms, on behalf of the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Elizabeth Taylor Jay, and for Mexico, Vicente Peredo, head of the International Trade Negotiations Unit of the Ministry of Economy, and Gerardo Serrano, director for Regional Integration in Latin
America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

VIII Pacific Alliance Youth Meeting

In the morning, the GAN authorities attended the inauguration of the “VIII Pacific Alliance Youth Meeting”, an event organized by Nestlé, which brings together young people from the PA, together with the private sector, the public sector and academia, in order to promote youth employability in the region. The meeting was attended by young people from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru representing the PA countries, and from Ecuador and Costa Rica as special guests.

It should be noted that at the end of September, the International Job Fair was also held virtually, where 102 companies offered 4,500 job opportunities.

The meeting of National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance is held in Lima

October 17, 2023.- The National Coordinators of the Pacific Alliance (PA), a regional integration mechanism made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, met today in Lima.

During the meeting, the National Coordinators addressed issues related to the accession processes of new candidates to become Member States, as well as the guidelines for the development of cooperation initiatives between the Pacific Alliance and third States.

Among other topics, the high authorities followed up on the current status of the Joint Declarations of cooperation between the Pacific Alliance and observer States, regional blocs and other allied instances of the mechanism and reviewed the work agenda of the next meeting with the Permanent Representatives Committee of ASEAN, as well as the preparatory activities for the II Meeting of the Pacific Alliance Exporting SME and the V PA Cooperation Forum with Observer States.

The meeting was led by Peru, current pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance, with the participation of the National Coordinating Bodies of the countries that make up this integration mechanism.

The Pacific Alliance promotes dialogue between public and private actors to foster business digital security

October 10, 2023.- On September 26 and 27, the Pacific Alliance, through the Subcommittee on Digital Economy (SCED), held the “Workshop on Business Digital Security and private transactions”, in the framework of the implementation of the Regional Digital Market Roadmap.

Both sessions were attended by national speakers from member countries and experts from international organizations, who addressed highly relevant topics, such as governance models for national authorities in the protection of digital security, cross-border transfers of corporate databases, the design of corporate digital security policies, the use of cloud services, and the use of digital certification, among others.

Peter Stephens, policy advisor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, presented the OECD’s recommendations on digital security, which mainly seek to promote a culture of risk management within organizations, securing business activities and considering the citizen. He also stressed that all organizations need to be aware of the importance of digital security vulnerabilities and take a strategic approach to assess and address risk on an ongoing basis.

Marushka Chocobar, former Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation of Peru, commented on the governance models for corporate digital security in the region. She also highlighted the protocols that must be applied at national level in the event of cyber-attacks on companies, which, as she explains, can request support from the State if necessary.

Also, Heidy Balanta, data protection expert from Colombia, commented on the regulatory aspects of personal data transfers in PA countries and the challenges faced by Latin American companies when making these transfers. In addition, she pointed out that at the Pacific Alliance level, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have made significant progress; however, it is important that these countries are aligned with the new international standard. In the case of Chile, they will have to work on updating their regulations, which Heidy said will have robust data protection features.

Ariel Nowerszrtern of the Inter-American Development Bank presented an overview of corporate digital security, noting that 73% of Latin American companies ranked cyber risk as one of their top five concerns, only 29% have cyber insurance and 75% have not implemented any type of control. This reflects that, in Latin America, although there is awareness of the risk, few concrete actions are currently being taken to strengthen digital security.


On the second day, Henry Pallavicini from Chiletec and Sergio Hernandez from Amazon Web Services participated from a private sector perspective, commenting on the importance of the Pacific Alliance countries to advance in the development of the legal framework to promote digital security and the adoption of international standards and certifications by companies.

Likewise, Pedro Castilla from the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property and Julio Mamani from the Ministry of Production, representatives of the Peruvian public sector, presented the use of digital certification for business development and how promoting its use would be beneficial for consumer confidence. It was also highlighted that the strengthening of digital security is important to be part of the state policy, which considers digital security as a relevant element for the proper functioning of companies.

In addition, it was concluded that it is important to deepen the public-private dialogue for the design of digital security strategies that allow companies to be better prepared for the current digital security challenges.

Therefore, we invite you to review the recordings of the 2 sessions of the Workshop, which you will find below:
Day 1:
Day 2:

The International Seminar on psychosocial occupational risks: Towards mental well-being at work was successfully held

October 3, 2023.- With the participation of representatives from the countries of the Pacific Alliance, and guests from MERCOSUR, was held in Santiago, Chile, the International Seminar on occupational psychosocial risks: “Towards mental well-being at work”, with the aim of highlighting the participatory management of occupational psychosocial risks as a possible and desirable goal in the countries of the Pacific Alliance.

The Pacific Alliance, through the Declarations of Cali in 2017, Puerto Vallarta in 2018 and Santiago de Chile in 2020, issued a mandate that, in labor matters, originated the project called “Design of a policy for the management of psychosocial factors and promotion of mental health at work in member countries of the Pacific Alliance and guest countries of MERCOSUR.

This project has three stages, the first of which consisted of carrying out a diagnosis of the situation of psychosocial risks at work in the countries participating in the project, followed by a series of workshops by experts on the subject who debated on a proposal for guidelines for a policy for the management of psychosocial factors at work. This stage concluded with a document issued in January 2023 that contains both the diagnosis and the indicated guidelines.

The second stage, currently in process, consists of the design and execution of a communication campaign aimed at workers and employers, which raises awareness and stimulates the participatory management of these risks and the promotion of mental health at work.

Finally, the holding of this seminar represents the third stage, the occasion in which the report on the management of occupational psychosocial risk factors and promotion of mental health in the workplaces of the countries of the Pacific Alliance was presented and announced the current status of the communication campaign.