· It is on a larger scale than any other free trade agreement; the free movement of people, goods, services and capital is the challenge, he said.
· The tools it provides should be democratized and reach all sectors of society, he declared.
· The president concluded his activities at the XI Summit of the Pacific Alliance with a joint press statement, issued in conjunction with the Presidents of Chile, Colombia and Peru.
On completion of the work 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 today’s world.
At the Hotel Patagónico in this riverside city, the president declared that one of the most important topics discussed during the conference “was to make this Pacific Alliance even more inclusive; it is an alliance that serves all our societies”.
He explained that the four countries, “Recognize the importance of not only liberalizing trade among member countries, but also ensuring the free movement of people, goods, services and capital”.
He said: “This is on a larger scale than any other free trade agreement.” He said that the challenge is to reach this goal, which is the consolidation of this objective identified in the four fundamental principles of the Pacific Alliance”.
He declared that the Alliance, “Is designed as a route to provide prosperity and welfare for our societies,” and expressed his wish that 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”.
The point, he added, is for these tools be democratized and reach all sectors of society. He explained that within the Alliance ecosystem, particular attention is being paid to small entrepreneurs, so that SMEs, both in Mexico and any of the other three countries, can sell their products. “The goal is to achieve the internationalization of companies, destroy myths and break molds,” he said.
President Peña Nieto stressed that the Alliance must show that regional integration is something that serves society and provides greater opportunities. As an example, he said that today, thanks to the agreements signed, professionals can work and eventually obtain a temporary employment permit in any of the member countries.
He said that this is a flexible, extremely pragmatic alliance: It is not a closed or rigid alliance; it is an alliance that is making decisions on the basis of collecting experiences and listen to people, which will enhance what we are doing.
In light of the impending end of the administration of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, the Mexican president thanked him for his willingness to advance and grow the Pacific Alliance; and wished the President-elect of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski success in the mandate he is about to assume.
He congratulated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on the signing of the peace agreement between the government of Colombia and the FARC. “This is undoubtedly a great achievement for Colombia and a great achievement for the whole Latin American region,” he added.
He also hoped that the Pro Tempore presidency assumed by Chile today will continue consolidating the path traced by the Alliance.
At the end of the press statement, issued after the closing of the XI Summit in which the four heads of state signed the Joint Declaration of Puerto Varas, the Mexican president and his counterparts from Chile, Colombia and Peru greeted members of the Pacific Alliance Business Council.
President Peña Nieto said that meetings like this make it possible to gather the experiences and ideas of entrepreneurs to guide the efforts of this integration mechanism.
At the end of this meeting, President Peña Nieto was taken to Puerto Montt Tepual airport to fly back to Mexico.