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 7th Pacific Alliance Summit (May 23, 2013 in Cali, Colombia) the presidents of the member countries, based on the proposal by the Pacific Alliance Business Council (CEAP, by its acronym in Spanish), instructed the creation of a Committee of Experts to analyze the topics suggested by the business sectors through the CEAP.
The purpose of this Committee is to respond to the proposals submitted for possible incorporation into the work of the Pacific Alliance. It also seeks to establish itself as an instance of coordination, linkage and articulation between this initiative and the CEAP.
Among its objectives are:
– Promote the Pacific Alliance both in the member countries and in the global business community.
– Give suggestions for the better progress of the process of integration and economic-commercial cooperation among our countries.
– Stimulate and suggest visions and joint actions towards third markets, particularly with the Asia-Pacific Region.
– Submit recommendations to the business associations of the four countries, related to the areas of cooperation.
In the framework of the 3rd session of the CEAP, some topics of interest were specified and prioritized:
– Financial integration
– Homologation of tax regulations
– Public purchases
– Homologation of technical standards (food sector)
– Homologation of technical standards (medicine sector)
– Homologation of technical standards (cosmetic sector)
– Health certifications through the Pan American Health Organization
– Homologation and harmonization of technical regulations
– Cooperation in education
– Productive chains
– Single Window of Foreign Trade (VUCE, by its acronym in Spanish)
– Logistical competitiveness
– Entrepreneurship and innovation