In July 2019, within the framework of the XIV Summit of the Pacific Alliance, the Joint Declaration on a Partnership between the Pacific Alliance States and Japan was signed.
As a result, both Parties expressed their commitment to further deepen ties between the Pacific Alliance and Japan, based on the principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and on a shared vision of free trade and sustainable development.
They also emphasized their decision to explore areas of cooperation and develop activities that may contribute to the advancement of the “Strategic Vision 2030” of the Pacific Alliance and the “Initiative to Enhance Connectivity between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean”, including areas such as:
- Science, technology, and innovation
- Trade and Investment
- Disaster Risk Management
- Sustainable Development Goals and Green Growth (SDGs)
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- Human and academic exchange
Japan has invited from 2016 to 2020 representatives from each country of the Pacific Alliance as part of the “TOGETHER Program” to visit Japan; the activities of the 2020 program were conducted virtually due to the pandemic.
In addition, Japan developed the Pacific Alliance Infrastructure Master Plan, a project that included dissemination seminars in the PA countries and in trade facilitation. Japan has been supporting since August 2014 the consolidation of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) in the PA through the IDB and the Japanese Special Fund.