The Pacific Alliance reaffirms its commitment to integration, sustainable development and free trade

With the commitment to continue to engage in integration, sustainable development and free trade, the XIV Pacific Alliance Summit was completed in Lima, Peru from July 1st to 6th.

On the occasion, the governments of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru signed the Lima Declaration as well as special statements on the environment and free trade.

With the Lima Declaration, the four countries committed to promoting a better quality of life for their population and fostering integration, with a vision of inclusive development.

This agreement also incorporates the commitment of the members of the Pacific Alliance to expedite the procedures in order to achieve the incorporation of Ecuador as a full member of this integration bloc, which could be completed shortly.

“Our welcome to Ecuador as a new Candidate for an Associated State of the Pacific Alliance, with a view to its future accession as a full member, which constitutes an important step towards strengthening the alliance. We express our commitment to define, during the second half of 2019, the terms of reference that will guide the negotiation, as communicated to Ecuador”, the document mentions.

Regarding the Declaration in favor of the Environment, the members of the regional bloc highlighted the importance of developing and implementing new policies to promote the integral management of plastics, reduce the use of single-use plastics, in addition to reducing the presence of this waste in ecosystems and preventing pollution. Additionally, the high-level authorities signed the Declaration on the multilateral trading system by which they expressed their conviction to continue promoting free trade that contributes to generating greater competitiveness and development.

Following the signing of these agreements, the President of Peru Martín Vizcarra transferred his counterpart from Chile, Sebastián Piñera, the pro tempore presidency of the Pacific Alliance.