On completion of the work within the framework of the XI Pacific Alliance Summit, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and the presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Peru, Ollanta Humala issued a joint press statement in which the Mexican president said that this is one of the most important, relevant and ambitious regional integrations in the world today.

Issues addressed

FIRST: The challenge of the expansion of the Alliance and its link with observer countries. The Alliance is an open mechanism, with a group of countries that have worked very closely together. This Summit was attended by the Presidents of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.

The aim is for this Pacific Alliance to be even more inclusive and to be an alliance that serves the societies of the member countries.

SECOND: The challenge of promoting productive inclusion among member countries, particularly of SMEs. Progress was made regarding the PA Entrepreneurs’ Fund, the SMEs regional observatory  and the network of business development centers.

THIRD: The challenge of strengthening integration through collaborative actions with the private sector. The Alliance received the Puerto Varas Pacific Alliance Business Declaration, with its recommendations on education, public procurement and labor mobility, among other issues.

Agreements and achievements of the past year

  • The entry into force of the Framework Agreement of the Alliance on July 20, 2015, and of its Trade Protocol  on May 1, 2016.
  • The increase in the number of observer states from 32 to 49.
  • Advances in the preliminary framework for negotiations with ASEAN, an informal dialogue with APEC and the signing of a partnership agreement with Canada in June..
  • The foreign ministers signed the “Interinstitutional Agreement on the Implementation of an Information Consultation Mechanism for Immigration Purposes to facilitate the mobility of persons” and its annex, the “Platform for the Immediate Consultation of Information for Immigration Purposes to Facilitate the Mobility of Persons”. 
  • The Foreign Trade Ministers signed the “Second Additional Protocol to the Additional Protocol for the Pacific Alliance Framework Agreement”.
  • The four presidents signed the Declaration of Puerto Varas, whereby the Pro Tempore Presidency held by Peru for one year was officially transferred to Chile.

The Pacific Alliance, “Is designed as a route to provide prosperity and welfare for our societies, but we must ensure that the mechanisms in place and the tools it contains, “Will be actually used and serve all our societies, no matter which sector they belong to, what size business they have, or where they are located”. EPN