With the presence of representatives from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, the handover ceremony of the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance from Chile to Peru was held today in Santiago.

The ceremony was headed by Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto van Klaveren, and the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Claudia Sanhueza, and was attended by Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Cecilia Gervasi, and the Vice Minister of Tourism of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Madeleine Burns; for Colombia, the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elizabeth Taylor; and for Mexico, the Director General of American Regional Organizations and Mechanisms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Efraín Guadarrama.

During the handover of the pro tempore presidency to his Peruvian counterpart, Minister Alberto van Klaveren emphasized that he “highly values the Pacific Alliance as a real contribution to regional prosperity and to the challenges we face in Latin America, by balancing economic, social and environmental development in an equitable and sustainable manner”. He added that “for Chile it is of special interest to strengthen ties between the countries of our continent, thus promoting welfare and social equality in the region”.

For her part, Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi highlighted that “the occasion that brings together the four member countries shows that the Pacific Alliance is in a new stage, renewing its commitment to regional integration that allows us to face shared challenges”.

As part of its agenda for this period, the Peruvian pro tempore presidency will aim, among other objectives, to strengthen the economic and trade agenda of the mechanism with a view to increasing intra-alliance trade; reinvigorate cooperation to move forward together in areas such as education, development and social inclusion, youth and gender; promote the accession of new member countries of the Pacific Alliance, as well as strengthen the projection to the Asia-Pacific.

It is worth mentioning that within the framework of this ceremony, the Discussion “Perspectives of the Pacific Alliance and Regional Integration” was also held, with the participation of the high authorities of the four countries in the panel: “A living and sustainable alliance”, which was focused on four fundamental pillars: gender perspective in the Pacific Alliance; youth and the Pacific Alliance; integration, trade and environment; regional digital market; trade and SMEs; Pacific Alliance and its approach to the Asia-Pacific.