Bogota will host important meetings of the Pacific Alliance

The Deputy Ministers of Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will attend the XXXIII Meeting of the Pacific Alliance High Level Group (HLG), in Bogota, on March 3.  Government officials of the four countries will gather on the two previous days, as part of the XXIII round of meetings of the technical groups.  The aforementioned events will take place in the headquarters of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia.

The agenda includes areas to be discussed by the following technical groups and subgroups: External Relations, Movement of People, Communication Strategy, Cooperation, Institutional Affairs, SMEs, Innovation, Gender, Immigration and Security, Foreign Trade Single Windows, Regulatory Cooperation, Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation, as well as the Committee of Experts of the Business Council.

The Technical Group of External Relations will agree on proposals aimed to deepen ties between the Pacific Alliance and the 42 observer states. This Group seeks to promote joint initiatives with observers in the framework of the four pillars of the Pacific Alliance: free movement of goods, services, people and capital.

As a result, the Pacific Alliance aims to move forward in the completion of the mandates of the Paracas Declaration. In this context, the HLG will make the necessary assessments and give directives in order to prepare the XI Summit of the Pacific Alliance, to be held on July 1, in Puerto Varas, Chile.

The Pacific Alliance is a regional integration mechanism established by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru on April 28, 2011. The full members of this alliance concentrate a population of 216 million people and represent 38% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Latin America and the Caribbean.

February 26, 2016

Pacific Alliance welcomes the establisment of the ASEAN Community

The Pacific Alliance welcomes the establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December, marking a milestone event since the actions of this ambitious area of integration will accelerate economic growth , progress and cultural development in the region Southeast Asia, envisioning that directly contribute to the welfare of their population.

The Pacific Alliance makes wishes for the ASEAN Community success and reiterates its commitment to strengthening dialogue and cooperation so that the work between the two mechanisms will lead to the institutionalization of their relations and the advance of the cooperation in benefit of their people.

Informal dialogue between the Pacific Alliance Presidents and the APEC Leaders

On occasion of the XXIII Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Summit, was held today the “Informal Dialogue between the Pacific Alliance (AP) & APEC”, which was co-chaired by the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, as President Pro Tempore of the Pacific Alliance and the President of Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Chair of APEC. Also attended the Presidents of Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and the leaders of APEC.

The meeting aimed at discussing opportunities in the agendas of both mechanisms, and represents for the Pacific Alliance an opportunity to boost its global projection, with special emphasis on Asia, a goal of said integration process.

During the meeting progress of each of the regional economic integration processes was analysed, their similarities were examined, a wide range of issues covered by each process were highlighted. Similarly, opportunities for collaboration were discussed.

APEC is the largest multilateral economic forum of economic and political importance in the Asia-Pacific. Created in 1989 its main objective is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the Asia-Pacific region. Its 21 member economies are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Korea, USA, Philippines, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Singapore , Taipei China, Thailand, and Vietnam. APEC economies represent the 56% of world production and the 46% of global trade.

It should be noted that Australia, Canada, China, Korea, USA, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand, are both APEC members and observer states of the Pacific Alliance.

The Pacific Alliance is the regional integration initiative formed on April 2011 by Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. It represents the eighth world economy, accounting for 37% of gross domestic product and 52% of foreign trade in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Pacific Alliance Presidents will dialogue with the APEC Leaders in Philippines

On November 18, it will be hold in Manila, the dialogue between the Pacific Alliance Presidents and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Leaders, in the framework of the XXIII Leaders Summit of the Forum.

The event, aimed to the four Presidents of the Pacific Alliance and the Leaders of APEC, will provide an opportunity to examine the integration process on both mechanisms and identify possible areas of future collaboration.

APEC has 21 members which represent approximately the 40 % of the world population, the 58% of world GDP and about the 45% of international trade. These economies are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, USA  and Vietnam.

XXXII MEETING OF THE HIGH LEVEL GROUP OF THE ALLIANCE PACIFIC

Today, in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, was held the meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) of the Pacific Alliance, composed of the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of the four Pacific Alliance’s countries.

In order to advance the mandates of the Heads of State at the Summit of Paracas, Deputy Ministers examined the reports of the Technical Groups that met during the previous two days around a series of issues such as innovation, SMEs, trade facilitation, trade unique windows, technical-productive education, movement of people and cultural theme recently joined the Declaration of Paracas.

They also assessed the reports on the meeting of Presidents in New York within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly; the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Pacific Alliance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and the status of recommendations and proposals of the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance.

About external relations, the Deputy Ministers referred to the dialogue which was held with Portugal, the EU and the OECD. It was also agreed to continue working with the mechanism 42 observer countries, particularly regarding cooperation projects of interest to the Pacific Alliance.

In other matters, the Deputy Ministers assessed the schedule of upcoming activities of the Pacific Alliance and agreed to promote in all countries the approval and early entry into force of the Trade Protocol that most liberalized trade between the countries of the Pacific Alliance that will contribute to significantly boost its trade integration.

The countries of the Pacific Alliance represent the eighth world economy , concentrate a population of 216 million people and have an average per capita GDP of $ 16,500 .

First Meeting of Ministers of Culture and participation of the Pacific Alliance in the International Cervantino Festival

Today, one of the most effective ways for a country to achieve its objectives strategies is through international alliances. Forming mechanisms of integration with countries with common cultural identity initiatives can build a participatory and consensual manner, in support of its participants. This is the path chosen by the Pacific Alliance, which has begun to strengthen ties of cooperation to create the conditions for growth, development and competitiveness.

The International Cervantino Festival adds to the historical agenda that Mexico has with Latin America for the establishment of projects of innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts, and this year is honored to have as guest of honor countries that are part of the Alliance Pacific.

Emblematic examples are presented at the forty-third edition of the Festival, where cultural affinity, language and even geographical location, are virtues that become a potential for intellectual and creative development as well as collective reflection and self-criticism.

Within the Festival, will be held the “Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Pacific Alliance”, on 7 October in the city of Guanajuato, in order to strengthen ties of cooperation and integration existing well as to discuss issues related to cultural cooperation among member countries.

The recent creation of the Technical Group of Culture will promote the integration and strengthening of entrepreneurship in cultural and creative industries directly affect the economic growth of member countries, to position the identity, diversity and creativity of the citizens in this block regional. At the same time, it will be compliant with the mandate to protect, preserve, safeguard and promote the cultural heritage in all its manifestations.

Pacific Alliance identifies areas for cooperation with ASEAN

As part of its participation in the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Ministers of the Pacific Alliance met on Monday 28 with their counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in order to strengthen the link between the block with the Asia Pacific.

The first meeting took place in September 2014 at the last General Assembly of the United Nations. On that occasion a space for dialogue and mutual understanding was opened and a reflection on the possible topics and initiatives of an agenda for joint work between the Pacific Alliance and ASEAN began.

Also in May 2015 Ambassadors and Representatives of the Pacific Alliance and the Permanent Representatives Committee of ASEAN met in Jakarta, Indonesia to define the issues of the agenda of the initial work, such as energy and minerals, trade facilitation, innovation , logistics, infrastructure and SMEs.

On this occasion, the Ministers of the Pacific Alliance and ASEAN presented the advances that have obtained both integration mechanisms and agreed to promote closer economic cooperation to facilitate trade and investment flows between the two regions for mutual benefit .

In order to strengthen and implement cooperation between the two mechanisms, the ministers agreed to establish a working group composed of foreign relations of the Pacific Alliance and delegates of the Standing Committee of Representatives of ASEAN.

ASEAN is comprised of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. They are observer states of the Pacific Alliance Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Presidents of the Pacific Alliance highlight investment opportunities in their countries

The Presidents of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance met yesterday in New York to highlight the strength of their economies and the opportunities in trade and investment.

The event organized by the Financial Times and the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance, had among his assistants to CEOs, managers, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the Pacific Alliance.

After greeting the Executive Director of Citigroup, Michael Corbat, the President of Peru Ollanta Humala, current president pro tempore of the mechanism, said a few words of welcome which highlighted the commitment of the countries of the Pacific Alliance in the defense of the free market and the provision, a climate of legal, political and social stability to investors.

In the case of Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos reaffirmed the commitment of the Pacific Alliance to economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment. He added that the countries of the mechanism, shared principles such as fiscal stability and clear positions on foreign investment.

President Ollanta Humala stressed the homogeneity of the economies of the four countries, which continue consolidating despite the subdued economic performance expected in Latin America. Besides betting on the free movement of capital, services and people, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are more than 41% of foreign direct investment in Latin America said the Peruvian president.

For his part, Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico said that against this current scenario of volatility and fragility, the countries of the Alliance seek to generate confidence to consolidate growth. He also recalled that the four countries have the determination to move in this bold and innovative initiative that is displayed as one of the best tools to face the adverse scenario of the global economy.

Chilean President Michele Bachelet agreed with the principles outlined by their counterparts and stressed the need for social policies together with measures of healthy economic balance. On the other hand, he stressed that the Alliance countries have a high percentage of free trade agreements, however, stressed the desirability of further progress in developing intraregional trade.

The roundtable discussion was moderated by John Paul Rathbone, editor of the Financial Times and had the closing words of Andreas Von Wedemeyer, President of the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance, a body composed of employers and representative unions of the four countries.

PACIFIC ALLIANCE OPENS ITS SEVENTH CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS 2016 -I

Through its Platform for Academic and Student Mobility, the Pacific Alliance announces the launch of the VII competition for grants for the period 2016-I, with the aim of contributing to the strengthening and development of human capital in the member countries of the Alliance Pacific.

The program offers participants the opportunity to make academic exchanges in the form of undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers and researchers in areas such as finance, tourism, economy, international trade, management and others. The scholarship winners will attend an academic semester in full-time attendance programs, they will also receive a monthly allowance to cover costs of accommodation, food, transport and health insurance, as well as exemption from academic costs in accordance with the agreements between the university and receiver.

Students and teachers interested can visit the websites of the organizations responsible for channeling grants in each country: AGCI (Chile), ICETEX (Colombia), AMEXCID (Mexico) and PRONABEC (Peru), where they will find more information on the Program, the requirements and the timing of application.

It notes that the Platform for Academic and Student Mobility is one of the first achievements of the Pacific Alliance in the field of cooperation. Currently, 855 nationals of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have benefited from these grants and is expected to end of the year the figure exceeds 1,000 participants.

Presidents of the Pacific Alliance signed the Declaration of Paracas in the framework of the Tenth Summit of this mechanism

The Heads of State of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; and Peru, Ollanta Humala, continued today in Paracas, Peru, with scheduled meetings of the Tenth Summit of the Pacific Alliance. By Colombia participated the Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, and the Minister of Trade , Industry and Tourism Cecilia Alvarez- Correa. The meeting began with a plenary session in which the Council of Ministers discussed the progress of the mechanism since the last Summit in Punta Mita, Mexico, highlighting the issues of regulatory cooperation, trade facilitation, SMEs and Innovation, among others. Subsequently, the Heads of State in joint dialogue, highlighted the important achievements that this mechanism of integration has achieved in its four years of existence; and which are essential to boost productivity and competitiveness of the economies of the four countries. They stressed their determination to advance towards the construction of an area of ​​deep integration to materialize in a greater free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

Then, the leaders proceeded to the signing of the Declaration of Paracas, in which they highlighted the forthcoming entry into force of the Framework Agreement and the progress in the process of improvement of the Additional Protocol and the Agreement Establishing the Cooperation Fund. They expressed their willingness to continue strengthening the bonds of cooperation with the observer states that from this Summit total 42. The 10 new observer states are: Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, Sweden and Thailand. With the Declaration of Paracas it was also established the firm intention of the mechanism to advance in the construction of an area of ​​deep integration through initiatives to strengthen the human capital, innovation and entrepreneurship, science and technology, development and internationalization of SMEs, infrastructure, among others, linked to efforts to diversify production and to encourage the construction and participation of our countries and our companies in global value chains.

At a press conference, the heads of state expressed their satisfaction not only for the achievements but also for the commitments made with a view to further progress of the citizens of the Pacific Alliance. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was pleased to confirm that the Pacific Alliance is one of the most powerful and dynamic instruments of integration, and also highlighted the progress made in education, innovation , entrepreneurship and tourism. Colombia’s Foreign Minister, Maria Angela Holguin, thanked the presidents their solidarity about the dire situation in Colombia wich forced President Juan Manuel Santos to return home. On the other hand, she said that the four countries are committed to a pragmatic and efficient mechanism for integration which improves the quality of life and provides further opportunities for growth to nationals of the Alliance.

The President of Mexico , Enrique Peña Nieto, said that the four countries share the same vision on how to boost development in their countries. He also expressed the need for progress on the four pillars of the mechanism: free movement goods, services, capital and people under the aegis of cooperation, and proposed the creation of a capital fund to support SMEs to achieve their entry into markets Alliance. For his part, the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, thanked the members of the Alliance for the impulse they have been providing for the integration process, being currently the most dynamic group in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. He also propounded to work in a common proposal on climate change towards COP21 in Paris and called for promoting the constant exchange of experiences between the four countries for the development of their people. Finally, the presidents met with the Business Council, an organization made up by the most representative business associations of the four countries to receive suggestions focused on the improved performance of the Pacific Alliance in economy and trade business associations.

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