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LABOR ISSUES

The Pacific Alliance is interested in contributing , promoting and advancing  in the following topics.

Committee of Experts

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COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS – BCPA

The active participation of the private sectors of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru is one of the pillars of the Pacific Alliance. Therefore, during the Seventh Summit of the Pacific Alliance (May 23, 2013 in Cali, Colombia ) the presidents of the member countries, based on the proposal of the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance (BCPA) , instructed the creation of a committee of experts to analyze the topics suggested by the business sectors through the BCPA .

This Committee aims to respond to the proposals that are submitted for possible inclusion in the work of the Pacific Alliance. It also seeks to establish itself as a coordination , linkage and coordination between this initiative and the BCPA .

CONTACT

OSCAR TRONCOSO
Chile
E-mail: otroncoso@direcon.gob.cl

Communication Strategy

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COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

The Communication Strategy Group (CSG) aims to design and implement communication strategies for the Pacific Alliance to be recognized worldwide as a model of regional integration that drives economic and commercial development as well as competitiveness and effective cooperation among its members in a global economy.

To achieve this, the SEC (Communication Strategy Subgroup) has proposed the following:

· To divulge the economic potential, competitive advantages and opportunities offered by the Pacific Alliance, for business and investment.

· That the Pacific Alliance be acknowledged as a mechanism that strengthens the development of its members.

· That in the relevant international markets, the Pacific Alliance be identified as the best mechanism for linking the economies of Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

· To position the Pacific Alliance as a bloc of trade-economic integration and cooperation, committed to free trade, democracy and equitable development.

· To ensure that the Pacific Alliance is recognized as a nonexclusive instance, complementary to the other regional integration processes.

CONTACT

JENNYFER SALVO
Chile
E-mail: jsalvo@prochile.gob.cl

Cooperation

COOPERATION

The Cooperation Technical Group (CTG, «GTC» in Spanish) was formally established on December 4, 2011, by the Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation Platform of the Pacific, signed by the foreign ministers of the four countries.

The CTG aims to foster cooperation among member countries and with third parties in the areas of environment and climate change; innovation, science and technology; and social development, as well as in other areas established by mutual agreement between the countries.

The coordination of the Group rotates annually in alphabetical order. Each period starts in January. In 2012 Peru served as the CTG’s pro tempore Coordinator, followed by Chile in 2013 and Colombia in 2014. Mexico took this assignment in January 2015.

WORK PROJECTS

By June 2015, the CTG had seven (7) projects: five (5) in progress, one still being formulated and one already finished.

1. Platform for student and academic mobility of the Pacific Alliance (IN PROGRESS)

Objective:
To contribute to the formation of high-level human capital through the academic exchange of undergraduate and doctoral students, university professors and researchers at universities from the four countries.

Responsible entities: Chilean Agency for International Cooperation for Development - AGCID (Chile); Presidential Agency for International Cooperation - APC Colombia - ICETEX (Colombia); Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mexico); National Scholarship Program - PRONABEC (Peru).

The Platform provides 100 scholarships annually per country for an academic exchange at Bachelors degree level (75), and PhD and internships for faculty and researchers (25), for periods of three (3) weeks for undergraduates and twelve (12) months for faculty and researchers. To date, the AP has awarded 1268 scholarships divided amongst undergraduates, and faculty, researchers and PhDs, on the following subjects: business, finance, international trade, public administration, political science, tourism, economy, international relations, engineering, hard science, environment, climate change, gastronomy and sports science.

Currently, focal points work in the creation of the Network of alumni of the Pacific Alliance, to allow the gathering and sharing of experiences and content on the Alliance between fellows, alumni, Higher Education institutions, platform members and the entities of the four countries that manage the Mobility Platform, thus becoming one of the main tools for promoting the platform and keeping track of the participants.

2. "Regional Integration for the Promotion of Sustainable Production and Consumption (SP&C) of the Pacific Alliance" (IN PROGRESS)

Objective: It aims to promote sustainable production and consumption (SP&C) in the countries of the Pacific Alliance through the implementation and/or strengthening of national programs on this subject. Its work fields are: environment, business development, cleaner production, sustainable consumption (ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement, taking into account that the largest buyer of a country is usually the government).

Responsible entities: Division of Environmental Information and Economy of the Ministry of the Environment, and ChileCompra’s Office of Public Contracting and Procurement (Chile); Office of Environmental, Sector and Urban Affairs of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Office of Productivity and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (Colombia); Vice-Ministry of Administrative Responsibilities and Public Contracting of the Ministry of Civil Service, and Vice-Ministry of Environmental Development and Regulation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Mexico); Office of Environmental Quality, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy and Finance and Supervisory Agency for State Contracting (Peru); and the German Cooperation Agency, GIZ.

This is a 24-month long project, approved by the High Level Group -HLG, «GAN» in Spanish- at the meeting of May 29, 2014, in Mexico City, where the support of the German Cooperation Agency for the implementation of this project was also approved. This is the first time an observer country participates in the projects of the CTG.

This initiative is the result of the Workshop on Green Growth held in Peru in November 2012, and its first activity took place in April 2015. The project’s focal points are currently working on the drafting and design of a publication on the state of the art, as well as a technical study, of public procurement in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

3. Sports Diplomacy:

Objective:To contribute to the regional integration of the Pacific Alliance through sports as a means for social integration, promotion of intercultural dialogue, peaceful coexistence and social inclusion of vulnerable children and adolescents in the countries of the Alliance.

Responsible entities: Ministry of Sports - National Sports Institute (Chile); Office of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Colombia); National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Mexico); Peruvian Sports Institute (Peru).

This initiative stems from the interest of the Presidents of the member countries, expressed during the VIII Summit of the Pacific Alliance (7 - 10 February 2014, Cartagena), to implement a program that allows sports promotion and the exchange of the best public policies in this field.

In this sense, the CTG developed a two-year project where each of the PA’s countries hosts a sporting event in which up to 12 young people in condition of social vulnerability, between 14 and 17 years old, who attend school and can demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to the sport, participate. They should be interested in being sports leaders and multiplier agents of the importance of sport and the values associated to it as well as the values of integration.

The schedules for these sporting events include, in addition to friendly matches and training, visits to landmarks in the host country and activities of cultural immersion.

So far, four Meeting of Sports Diplomacy of the Pacific Alliance have taken place:

- The first Meeting, a beach volleyball tournament, which took place as part of the IX Summit of Presidents, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on 18 and 19 June 2014, in which four young people from each country participated, two men and two women.

- The second Meeting, 3x3 half court basketball (two teams per country -men’s and women’s- of three players on court plus one on bench), which took place in Cali, Colombia, 10 to 14 November 2014.

- The third Meeting was held in the town of Caldera, Chile, in October 2015 on athletics. 32 young people participated in the games, eight of them hearing impaired.

- The fourth Meeting materialized last July, 2016, in Iquitos, Peru. The sports played this time were Futsal and Recreational Games from Indigenous Peoples, the latter proposed by each of the PA member countries.

4. Science Research Network on Climate Change / RICCC (IN PROGRESS): It has a Science Committee (CC) of government and academic representatives from each member country, whose objective is to discuss the problems of climate change and propose projects and research on the subject.

The representatives to the Science Committee are:

- From Chile: Ministry of Environment and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, CONICYT.

- From Colombia: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies.

- From Mexico: National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Institute of Ecology (INECOL); UNAM’s former Center for Research on Ecosystems, now Institute for Research on Ecosystems and Sustainability (IIES); and the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

- From Peru: Ministry of Environment and the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC).

a. CONCLUDED. The Scientific Committee agreed on joining efforts to prepare a document showing the state of the art on climate change, which resulted in the publication "Opportunities for Research Cooperation on Climate Change in the countries of the Pacific Alliance", prepared in Peru. It was presented in Lima as part of the works prior to the COP20 on November 27, 2014.

b. IN PROGRESS. The Network is also working on the project “Scientific Cooperation on Climate Change in the Pacific Alliance: New generation Biodiversity Monitoring to support processes of adaptation and mitigation of climate change”, whose terms of reference arose from the workshop held in Mexico City on November 2014.

Objective: To contribute to the sustainable development, competitiveness and well-being of the population in the countries of the Pacific Alliance, by incorporating activities for climate change adaptation and mitigation that tend to a reduction in the loss of biodiversity.

Responsible entities:Ministry of Environment of Chile; Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Humboldt Institute (Colombia); Institute of Ecology «INECOL», National Council of Science and Technology «CONACYT», UNAM’s former Center for Research on Ecosystems, now Institute for Research on Ecosystems and Sustainability «IIES», National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change «INECC», National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity «CONABIO», and National Forest Commission «CONAFOR» (Mexico); Ministry of Environment, National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation «CONCYTEC», National Service of Environmental Certification for Sustainable Investment «SENACE», National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru «SENAMHI», Peruvian Amazon Research Institute «IIAP», Office of Environmental Evaluation and Control «OEFA», Geophysical Institute of Peru «IGP» and the Pontifical Catholic University (Peru).

This project began in May 2015 and is planned to conclude in 2017.

5. Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance (IN PROGRESS).

Objective: To promote the mobilization and integration of young people of the Pacific Alliance on projects related to priority areas of the member countries.

Responsible entities: National Institute of Youth, and National Forest Corporation «CONAF» (Chile); Special Administrative Unit of Solidarity Organizations, Ministry of Labor, National Youth System Directorate "Colombia Joven" (Colombia); Directorate General for Liaison with Civil Society Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mexico); National Youth Department (Peru).

This project was submitted to the High Level Group during the meeting of October 10, 2014, in Viña del Mar, Chile. The first call for this program was announced on the PA’s webpage, from April 13 until May 8, in which each country informed of their volunteering actions on issues of: protected wild areas; equity and gender; peace culture; community development; preservation of cultural and natural heritage; environment; teaching of basic literacy; education; and sports training. The results of the call were published on June 11, announcing the 48 young people selected (12 per country), whose ages range between 18 and 30 years old.

The volunteer activities were conducted in the four countries during July 2015.

Likewise, between April 18 and May 7, 2016, the call for a second round of the program was opened and the activities started taking place throughout July.

6. The “Grand Cultural Exhibition of the Pacific Alliance” (IN PREPARATION): The exhibition is scheduled to take place in 2016, having the textiles in the Alliance as its central theme, and there is interest in taking it to the Asia-Pacific region as a travelling exhibit.

Responsible entities: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Culture «DIRAC» (Chile); Ministry of Culture, Cultural Affairs Directorate, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Colombia); General Directorate of Educational and Cultural Cooperation, Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development «AMEXCID», and the National Council for Culture and the Arts «CONACULTA» (Mexico); Ministry of Culture (Peru).

7. Exchange of experiences to strengthen promotion and improve competitiveness and innovation of MiPyMES [Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises] (CONCLUDED): Four workshops were held, in which 45 specialists participated. The PyMES Technical Group was established in October 2013, responsible for the continued implementation of the project.

Legal Documents

• Framework Agreement.

• Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation Platform of the Pacific.

• Agreement for the Establishment of the Pacific Alliance Cooperation Fund.

• Operating Foundations of the Cooperation Technical Group of the Pacific Alliance.




CONTACT

PIERRE LEBRET
E-mail: plebret@agci.gob.cl

Alianza del Pacífico

Culture

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CULTURE

Presidents of the Member Countries of the Pacific Alliance expressed, in the X Presidential Summit of the mechanism, their will to create the Technical Group for Culture to drive the development of the ventures in cultural and creative industries of the member countries, taking advantage of its high productive and dynamizing potential for a sustainable economy which, at the same time, builds and projects internationally the identity and diversity of the Pacific Alliance.


CONTACT

Natalia Avila
Ministry of Culture of Colombia
E-mail: navila@mincultura.gov.co

Education

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EDUCATION

The Technical Group of Education aims to strengthen the bonds of educational integration through cooperation, aimed at improving the skills and capacities of the population of the member countries and their access to quality education as essential tools for the development of human capital and to give impetus to productivity and competitiveness of the countries of the Pacific Alliance.


WORK PROJECTS

The Group seeks to become a space that enables the exchange of experience and capacity building in priority issues, develop projects that can generate greater impact in countries, promoting better coordination of educational policies in priority issues, and work in coordination with other technical groups that have prioritized the issue of human resources training, scholarships and other education related to the sector.


MATTERS THAT CONCERN THE GROUP

The Technical Group oF Education has as functions and powers:

(a) Coordinate, approve and monitor the actions of educational cooperation between the Parties;

(b) Identify and define areas in education in which skills and common interests and shared with third parties; informing the HLG in coordination with the Group of External Relationship.

(c) Establish the necessary actions to achieve the objectives set in the Framework Agreement of the Pacific Alliance and successive presidential statements and others that will take charge;

(d) Approve the programs, projects and activities of educational cooperation . Also, the Group should coordinate the implementation and monitoring them;

(e) Study the matters that are entrusted, and to request, advise on educational matters to the Council of Ministers, the HLG and GER;

(f) Inform the GER and HLG about its progress and achievements.


CONTACT

MANUEL CRUZ
Education Technical Group Coordinator
E-mail: mcruz@mineducacion.gov.co

External Relations

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EXTERNAL RELATIONS

The External Relations Group (ERG) was created by mandate of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance during its VIII Meeting in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, on 29 and 30 June 2013. Its purpose is to design a strategy to connect the Pacific Alliance with observer states and third parties, and to create a permanent and fruitful exchange with them that enables the promotion of the objectives of the Pacific Alliance.

In fulfilling this mandate, general guidelines for its operation have been adopted and of recently, directives to facilitate the interaction between the Pacific Alliance and observer states, which currently amount to 49.

The ERG seeks to align the dialogue and the cooperation activities with the pillars of the Pacific Alliance: free movement of people, goods, services and capital; as well as to open spaces for interaction and joint collaboration with international entities that pursue similar objectives.

The Group has met with 20 observer states and identified with each of them specific areas for joint work on fields of common interest such as innovation, education, entrepreneurship and regional integration, among others.


WORK PROJECTS

Organizing meetings with observer countries interested in strengthening their relationship with the Pacific Alliance.- Three meetings have been held with different observers (Lima, Peru, April 2014; Viña del Mar, Chile, October 2015; and Lima, Peru, March 2015). As a result of these meetings, it has been possible to identify areas and define collaborative actions, several of which are already under way.

Implementation of collaborative projects.-The Group is responsible for implementing some of the collaborative projects agreed, such as, for example, the Seminar "Integration Partnership Forum" that was conducted in collaboration with New Zealand on March 23, 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru. Or the panel "Pacific Alliance a new integration model for emerging markets", held in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation, on April 27, 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

Relations with international entities.- The ERG prepares proposals to create relations and engage with third parties, particularly with international organizations and integration mechanisms from Asia-Pacific.

Also, the ERG is currently coordinating with international institutions the execution of various projects: lectures, seminars and panels, publication projects, and the promotion of the Pacific Alliance image abroad with the collaboration of the diplomatic and consular representations of the four countries.


DOCUMENTS

Summary of the "Guidelines for the implementation of cooperation projects between the Pacific Alliance and observer states."
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TOPICS FOR WHICH THE GROUP IS RESPONSIBLE

List of Observer States, pillars on which cooperation is focused, and thematic areas of work.


CONTACT

AMBASSADOR IGNACIO HIGUERAS
Perú
E-mail: ihigueras@rree.gob.pe

Gender

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GENDER

The Presidents of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance expressed, at the X Presidential Summit of the mechanism, "their commitment to include gender as a crosscutting element within the work of the Pacific Alliance; and to this end, establish a Work Group in charge of developing a strategy to incorporate the topic in the programs of this mechanism.”


CONTACT

MILENA PAZ ALEMANY KONIG
E-mail: malemany@direcon.gob.cl

Innovation

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INNOVATION

Design, proposal and coordination of programs and activities to achieve productive and competitive improvements in the countries of the Pacific Alliance, highlighting the importance of innovation as a tool to improve the competitiveness of the mechanism and its member countries.

The role of the Innovation Ecosystem of the Pacific Alliance (IEPA) is to interact with each country’s systems in order to increase individual and joint results for all the countries in matters of business innovation and innovative entrepreneurship.

IEPA’s main objective is to develop strategies, programs and instruments that accelerate and potentiate innovation in the member countries.

IEPA does not substitute the role or the responsibility of each country or its institutions to develop their own innovation strategies.

The four countries agreed on the following as pillars of innovation:

1. HUMAN CAPITAL: Its purpose is to strengthen the creation of human resources with the knowledge and capabilities to support the activities of business innovation and innovative entrepreneurship in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance.

2. FINANCING AND CAPITAL: It aims to support and drive innovation in enterprises and entrepreneurs through the promotion and design of joint fiscal and financial, governmental, and foreign direct investment instruments, and the creation of funds and venture capital.

3. CREATION AND TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE: Its objective is to create new knowledge through collaborative RESEARCH and by generating networks between the different actors of the innovation ecosystem, as well as developing schemes that allow the articulation between knowledge creators and market needs.

4. MENTALITY AND CULTURE: It seeks to position innovation as a value in businesses, entrepreneurs and society, promoting a change in mentality and attitude toward risks and new things.

5. REGULATORY FRAMEWORK: It pursues to encourage the implementation of best practices of programs and projects in matters of innovation among the countries of the Pacific Alliance, and to the extent possible advance in the harmonization and standardization of policy instruments.

At its sixth meeting, held in Punta Arenas, Chile, the Group came to important agreements, notable among them the approval by the IDB of an instrument for a short-term Technical Cooperation to enable the various projects jointly agreed.

Also, as part of the XXXIII Meeting of the High Level Group in Bogota, a Regional Public Good (RPG) will be officially presented. This RPG was approved by the IDB in order to support member countries in building the innovation ecosystem of the Alliance, based on the five pillars that mark the roadmap for the Innovation Technical Group (ITG).

Standing out among the projects that the Bank will promote, are the development of the Pacific Alliance Accelerator, designed for regional and global high-impact scaling ventures; the establishment of the Innovation Award as part of the strategy to expand this element that raises the productivity of nations; the creation of a Mentors Network, and the regional integration of Incubators for dynamic entrepreneurs.


CONTACT

JORGE MADRID ARISTIZABAL
Colombia
E-mail: amadrid@mincit.gov.co

Intellectual Property

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Given that the sociocultural characteristics of our countries represent a clear advantage for the development of industries related to intellectual property, the work group in charge of this topic explores areas of cooperation in this field. Currently, cooperation projects are analyzed and evaluated in order to strengthen intellectual property systems in the region and provide system users access to information and services provided by the competent authorities in matters of copyright and intellectual property for each country.

This work group was created with the mandate, consigned in the Joint Declaration of Presidents of the Pacific Alliance, signed on 23 May 2013 in the city of Cali, Colombia, on the following terms:

‘... On matters of Intellectual Property the Work Group was instructed to prepare and implement a work plan with joint and specific cooperation activities between intellectual property offices, in order to share experiences and extend collaboration and communication links between them, to make better use of the intellectual property system for the benefit of the users of said system...’

To meet this mandate, it has been decided to group cooperation activities in three areas: Copyright; Intellectual Property and Crosscutting Issues. During face-to-face meetings and teleconferences carried out with this purposes throughout 2013, the countries have exchanged relevant information that will allow the construction of an action plan on the matter.

In the Work Group the competent authorities of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru participate in matters of copyright and intellectual property.

DOCUMENTS

List of harmonized terms and regionalisms of products and services
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Pacific Alliance terms harmonization
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Procedure for filing an application for participation in the Pilot Program "Accelerated Patent Procedure" between Industrial / Intellectual Property entities of the Pacific Alliance.

PPH INAPI - SIC Guide
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PPH INAPI - IMPI Guide
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PPH INAPI - INDECOPI Guides
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PPH SIC - Alianza del Pacífico Guide
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PPH IMPI - Alianza del Pacífico Guide
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PPH INDECOPI - Alianza del Pacífico Guide
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CONTACT

TERESA MERA
Peru
E-mail: tmera@mincetur.gob.pe

Institutional Affaires

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INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRES

In order to reach the commitments made by the High Level Group (HLG ) of the Pacific Alliance, a technical team works on institutional and cross disciplines as well as in the mechanism of dispute settlement that would allow Chile, Colombia , Mexico and Peru settle in quickly and efficiently difficulties arise in connection with the application or interpretation of the regulatory provisions of the Pacific Alliance .

Additionally, provides legal assistance to the HLG and other technical groups; and is responsible for developing regulations functioning of the organs of the Pacific Alliance and other procedural regulations deemed relevant .


WORK PROJECTS

1. Completion of legal review of the chapter on Regulatory Improvement .

2. Content analysis and reference to the instrument by which the Regulatory Improvement Chapter shall be adopted.

3.Rules of Procedure for Chapter 17 (Dispute Settlement)

4. Rules and procedures of the Free Trade Commission.

5.Regulatory review of the Annex on Cooperation Cosmetics , once it is completed.


CONTACT

ENRIQUE CARRASCO SAN MARTÍN
Chile
E-mail: ecarrasco@direcon.gob.cl

International Fiscal Transparency

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INTERNATIONAL FISCAL TRANSPARENCY

During the VII Presidential Summit, held on May 23, 2013 in Cali, Colombia, the presidents of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance expressed their commitment to international fiscal transparency and the fight against tax evasion. For this commitment, the member countries of the Alliance agreed to exchange information on fiscal matters, following the highest international standards on the subject. They also pledged to develop instruments that are ideal and appropriate to achieve this objective.

The first meeting of Ministers of Finance of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance took place on August, 2013, at which it was agreed to advance toward an Automated Information Exchange among member countries, based on the existing bilateral agreements.

In November 2013, as part of the XIV Meeting of Technical Groups of the Alliance, in Santiago de Chile, the First Meeting of the Work Group on Transparency and Exchange of Information for tax purposes took place. It should be noted that one of the topics for discussion was the current state of international standards for Information Exchange and the possible instruments that allow the implementation of the agreement of the Ministers of Finance to achieve an Automated Information Exchange, harmonizing the legislation within the Pacific Alliance.

The countries’ technical teams are permanently in contact and work together for the early conclusion of an agreement on exchange of information on an automated basis, under the laws that allow the exchange of information in each of the member countries. As a second step agreed and commitment, works are in progress on how to harmonize the various legislations so as to achieve the highest existing standards on the subject and fully comply with the commitment made at the Presidential Summit of Cali.

CONTACT

ADRIANA RIVERA MURCIA
Colombia
E-mail: arivera@mincit.gov.co

Promotion Entities

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PROMOTION ENTITIES

WHO ARE WE?

We are the agencies of the Pacific Alliance responsible for promoting and expanding exports, attracting Foreign Direct Investment, internationalizing domestic companies and encouraging tourism within the member countries. The pro tempore presidency rotates every year, alphabetically. The agencies’ activities are currently coordinated by Chile’s promotion institutions.

WHAT DO WE DO?

The agencies work closely together, and from the basis of this cooperation we move forward toward our planned goals, carrying out activities such as:

1. Developing synergies for promotion and participation in fairs and events.

2. Exchanging experiences.

3. Establishing trade offices abroad.

4. Identifying and promoting business opportunities between companies within the member countries of the Alliance.

5. Assisting and guiding investors in establishing their ventures.

6. Exchanging information on companies who wish to implement an investment project and that have identified a suitable partner within the member countries of the Alliance.

7. Exchanging experiences to strengthen institutional knowledge.

8. Exchanging information on aspects that are relevant to an investment decision, such as the applicable legal framework for taxes and tariffs, market information, infrastructure, basic services and labor.

9. Disseminating information among the business sectors of the member countries regarding investment opportunities offered by each other.

10. Working together on actions that increase tourism within the Alliance.

International fairs, seminars and investment forums, and matchmaking events are some of the main promotion tools, among others.
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Coordinator

Nasly López
Strategic Alliances Deputy Director - Procolombia
E-mail: nlopez@procolombia.co

Public Procurement

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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Commitments at all levels of government for access to the markets of government purchases are established , so that government entities Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will reap greater benefits in terms of quality and price on their purchases of goods and services .

CONTACT

NICOLAS CONCHA
Chile
E-mail: nconcha@direcon.gob.cl

Regulatory Improvement

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REGULATORY IMPROVEMENT

Regulatory Improvement is a public policy that aims to promote greater benefits from the application of the regulations of the countries and to achieve maximum social welfare by choosing alternatives that promote greater efficiency and minimize costs for the end users of these regulations.

This improvement is attained through the establishment of tools that allow the systematic implementation of elements such as transparency and public inquiry, ex ante and ex post review and measurement of the impact of regulations and simplification of procedures and services.

As part of its XV Meeting (May 2013 in Santiago de Chile), the High Level Group (HLG) of the Pacific Alliance ordered the establishment of a Technical Group with the mandate to start negotiating a chapter on regulatory improvement in June 2013. This chapter would reflect similar commitments to those agreed in other processes of commercial integration that the countries of the Pacific Alliance are part of. This negotiation arises from of a subsequent mandate to the one that inaugurated the Pacific Alliance and, accordingly, the resulting chapter will not be part of the First Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement of the Pacific Alliance.

As a result of the talks and the negotiation rounds held by this Technical Group, the countries of the Pacific Alliance have defined positions on the draft chapter under discussion. This chapter shall be completed by 2014 by Presidential mandate.


WORK PROJECTS

Legal review of the Chapter


DOCUMENTS

Recommendation on Good Regulatory Practices OECD 2012
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APEC-OECD INTEGRATED CHECKLIST ON REGULATORY REFORM
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CONTACT

LILIANA JIMÉNEZ ALCOCER
México
Liliana.jimenez@economia.gob.mx

Mining Development

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MINING DEVELOPMENT

The Mining Development, Social Responsibility and Sustainability of the Pacific Alliance Group aims to boost cooperation in the mining sector through the exchange of information, experiences and joint activities aimed at attaining sustainable use of mineral resources, the integration of value chains and strengthening the sector within a framework of sustainable development and social responsibility.

The pillars of the group's work are to strengthen the governance of mineral resources , social and good practices in mining, investment and trade in mineral responsibility and encourage the development of scientific and technical capabilities to drive growth.


CONTACT

CLAUDIO IBÁÑEZ
Chile
E-mail: cibanez@minmineria.cl.

CRISTÓBAL RAMÍREZ
Chile
E-mail: cramirez@direcon.gob.cl

Mobility of People

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MOBILITY OF PEOPLE

The Declaration of Lima (28 April 2011) established as general purpose of the Pacific Alliance to progressively move toward "the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.” It also stated that at first "the movement of business people and the facilitation of transit migration, including cooperation with immigration authorities and consular police” would be a priority. This with the purpose of facilitating transit migration and free movement of people from an integral perspective that not only contemplates the movement of business people, but includes non-paid activities between the countries of the Pacific Alliance.

The Framework Agreement, which is the Founding Treaty of the Pacific Alliance, highlights in its preamble "the importance of facilitating the free movement of persons between the Parties, as a mechanism that contributes to creating better conditions for competitiveness and economic development." It also stresses that "to promote cooperation between migration and consular authorities and to facilitate the movement of people and transit migration through the Parties’ territory" is a tool to achieve the goals of deep integration, growth and competitiveness of the mechanism.

Based on these mandates, and after a series of legal analyses of the legislation on migration of each of the member countries, the following decisions were made:

1. In November 2012, Mexico announced the elimination of visas for nationals from Colombia and Peru, since nationals of Chile already did not require visas to enter Mexico. The facility granted by Mexico is highly ample and includes any non-paid activity.

2. In May 2013, Peru announced the elimination of visas for business people from Chile, Colombia and Mexico for up to 183 days provided they perform a non-paid activity in the country. With these decisions, the member countries of the Pacific Alliance adopted a mobility for people entering their territories for a period of up to six months, as long as the activities performed are non-paid, such as tourism, transit or business.

With this measure a degree of freedom was achieved in the flow of people between the four countries, and areas such as facilitation measures for transit migration, mobility agreements for young people to travel and work and mechanisms for consular cooperation, among others, are now being worked on.

*See the Pacific Alliance Travelers Guide for more information.

CONTACT

PEDRO BRAVO
Minister, Consular Policy Director
E-mail: pbravo@rree.gob.pe

Services and Capital

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SERVICES AND CAPITAL

The Pacific Alliance seeks to achieve the free movement of services and capital among its members, so it works supported on two pillars:

1. Positioning itself as an attractive destination for investment and trade in services; and
2. Increasing the flow of investment and trade in services among its members and to the rest of the world.

In the field of services, the Alliance aims to become the leader in this type of trade, which generates added value and attracts development, innovation and growth for the region.

Linking new service sectors for their internationalization and deepening the commitments contained in the existing trade agreements, are also strategic focal points.

Regarding investment, the Alliance is focused not only on fostering investment from member countries with the rest of the world, but also to promote intra-alliance investment and comprehensive and integral agreements have been adopted for that reason.

Member countries seek to boost investment between the business sectors of the Alliance, in order to make of it a market of the greater importance for Asia-Pacific and the world.

As a result of different negotiations, a Mixed Joint Committee has been formed for the betterment of the investment climate and to boost the trade of services in the Pacific Alliance.

Furthermore, the group of services and capital concluded the negotiation of chapters on transboundary trade of services, investment, electronic commerce, maritime services and telecommunications.

Through this chapters, the countries of the Alliance establish clear and permanent conditions that facilitate and promote trade of services and intraregional investment.


WORK PROJECTS

1. Negotiation of new topics of electronic commerce, for further progress in facilitating electronic transactions of goods and services among the member countries of the Alliance.

2. New proposals in telecommunications, which will set a number of standards on issues related to the use of networks during emergencies, service quality, the status of mobile phones pilfered or stolen, broadband, mutual and technical cooperation between members Alliance, regulation of international roaming and protection of telecommunications users, among others.

3. A study for the Identification of Good Practices for Investment Attraction.

4. Discussion on measures to facilitate transboundary provision of services by architects and engineers from member countries of the Alliance.


TOPICS FOR WHICH THE GROUP IS RESPONSIBLE

1. Services
2. Investments


CONTACT

GUILLERMO MALPICA SOTO
Mexico
E-mail: guillermo.malpica@economia.gob.mx

SMEs

Alianza del Pacífico

SMEs

To establish support mechanisms to ensure that SMEs and entrepreneurs are benefited by the regional opportunities of the Pacific Alliance, through best-practices exchange and the strengthen of public policies within member countries.


WORK PROJECTS

1. Regulatory Framework

- Implementation of the Index of Public Policies for SMEs within the Pacific Alliance.

2. Funding Access

- Entrepreneur Capital Fund.

3. Business Education

- Business Education Program for Young People.

4. Services for Business Development

- Network of Business Development Centers of the Pacific Alliance.

5. Productive Association and articulation

- Pacific Alliance SMEs meeting.

6. Internationalization of SMEs

- Exportafácil: Ease exportation for SMEs.



CONTACT

ABEL BENÍTEZ CALDERÓN
Technical group Coordinator
abenitez@economia.cl


Click on the links to find the following:

- A list of products being purchased in each one of the countries.

- The strategies each member country has developed as part of their government purchase policy.

CHILE

COLOMBIA

MEXICO

Tourism

Alianza del Pacífico

TOURISM

Tends towards the strengthening and development of cooperative relations based on the design of initiatives that seek to increase the flow of tourists in the Pacific Alliance.


CONTACT

M. FERNANDA NORIEGA
International Undersecretary of Tourism Commissioned
E-mail: mnoriega@subturismo.gob.cl

Trade and Integration

Alianza del Pacífico

TRADE AND INTEGRATION

The goal of the Pacific Alliance is the integration of its member countries. It also seeks to advance progressively toward the free movement of goods, in order to generate greater dynamism in trade flows between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

To achieve this, ambitious chapters that regulate and facilitate the exchange of goods between members of the Pacific Alliance were negotiated, removing all kinds of trade barriers. The subject matters of these chapters are:

1. Access to Markets;

2. Rules of Origin;

3. Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation;

4. Technical Barriers to Trade; and

5. Sanitary measures

1. ACCESS TO MARKETS
Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru agreed the conditions of access to markets that will govern trade between them. As a result of the deepening of the existing bilateral tariff preferences, 92% of common tariff lines were able to be liberalized as this Agreement (Protocol) came into force. Although a small group of products considered by the member countries of the Alliance to be highly sensitive is to be kept under special treatment categories, the remainder of the products will become tax exempt within periods of less than 7 years each.

2. CUMULATION OF ORIGIN MECHANISM AND RULES OF ORIGIN
The mechanism of cumulation of origin, and common Rules of Origin allow for a greater economic and commercial integration between the signatory countries through a larger number of suppliers of origin consumables. In addition, the countries of the Pacific Alliance agreed to implement an Electronic Certificate of Origin (eCO) system.

3. TRADE FACILITATION AND CUSTOMS COOPERATION
In order to facilitate trade between the countries of the Pacific Alliance, a chapter on Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation was agreed upon, structured on the basis of the principles of transparency, predictability and cooperation between customs agencies. Consequently, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have agreed on a series of commitments to make customs procedures more effective and simple, as well as to develop streamlined methods, processes and procedural systems based on risk management. This, with the aim of expediting the clearance of goods; automating processes; making information available in databases; eliminating the use of paper; providing interoperability among single windows, as well as implementing the authorized economic operator programs for the subsequent signing of mutual recognition agreements.

The chapter also provides a mechanism of cooperation and mutual assistance for the exchange of information between customs administrations, which strengthens and improves the procedures for control and prevention of operations that breach customs legislation.

Based on the above, the aforementioned Chapter on Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation seeks to achieve a proper balance between the facilitation and the control that modern customs have to exercise in the process of their duties.

CONTACT (Subgroup)

JOHANNA PÉREZ
Colombia
E-mail: jperez@mincit.gov.co


4 and 5. TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE, AND SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES
The negotiation of the chapters on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) was successfully completed during the second half of 2013. Likewise, the negotiation of the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement on pharmaceutical products, entered into by the health authorities of the countries of the Pacific Alliance, concluded and was signed by the four countries, as part of the works related to Regulatory Cooperation of the Group of Technical Barriers to Trade.

In addition, the countries of the Pacific Alliance are progressing in the technical discussions of the working groups that were formed to identify elements that could lead to a harmonization of regulations and, in general, trade facilitation for cosmetic products from the four countries of the Alliance.


CONTACT (Group)

EDUARDO BRANDES
Peru
E-mail: ebrandes@mincetur.gob.pe