The Secretary of
Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs,
José Antonio Meade Kuribreña (in his capacity as president pro tempore of the
Pacific Alliance), led a meeting of the Council of Ministers of this mechanism
of integration, held on the sidelines of the period of sessions 69 of the
General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York.
In this workshop,
which was attended by foreign ministers and finance ministers of Chile,
Colombia and Peru, were realized the preparations for the meeting of the
Pacific Alliance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which
will be held next Friday in New York.
This meeting will
represent the first contact between the two mechanisms and will seek to
establish a productive dialogue on issues of common interest, such as trade and
approach to the Asia-Pacific is one of the central objectives of the mechanism,
which is embodied in the Declaration of Lima 2011. The meeting seeks to
establish a dialogue between both mechanisms.
The countries of
the Pacific Alliance make a plural, inclusive and pragmatic mechanism, in which
converge the most open economies in the region. Its foreign trade accounts for
60 percent of its GDP. Together, they represent the eighth largest economy in
the world and 50 percent of the trade in the region.
The meeting was
also attended by the Undersecretaries for Latin American and Caribbean of the
chancellery, Vanessa Marquez Rubio, and the Under Secretary of Foreign Trade,
Francisco de Rosenzweig.