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Latin America’s Pacific Alliance Moves to Expand Relations with Asia

PUERTO VARAS, Chile – The presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru signed a statement on Friday committing themselves to the promotion of concrete measures within the Pacific Alliance that will strengthen economic and social development while expanding relations with Asia.

The Declaration of Puerto Varas, undersigned by the four presidents, brought to a close the 11th Pacific Alliance Summit.

The final declaration contains 21 points and an annex with 72 presidential orders to groups working in such areas as the environment, migration, trade, tourism, intellectual property and more.

Presidents Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Ollanta Humala of Peru agreed to continue building integration in the bloc “through concrete actions that will strengthen the growth of social, economic and sustainable development” in order to provide citizens with a better life.

The statement also included the leaders’ intention to drive relations with Asia-Pacific countries forward with the goal of establishing a framework of cooperation with the Association of South-East Asian Nations.

In the context of Pacific Alliance relations with other blocs, the presidents look to strengthening dialogue and cooperation with the 49 countries accredited as observers of the alliance by working together on specific projects.

The four presidents hailed the rapprochement between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, as evidenced by the high-level meeting the two groups held last May in Lima and by the participation of Argentine President Mauricio Macri in the bloc’s business summit held this Thursday.

 

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