The Pacific Alliance (PA) further advanced its integration this Thursday with a meeting to assess its relationship with the Observer States and to strengthen the group’s interactions with them. At the meeting in Mexico City, the four PA member countries discussed current cooperation projects shared with the Observer States in areas such as education, innovation and competitiveness.

Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ana Maria Sanchez, the Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Francisco Javier Echeverri, and the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs of Chile, Edgardo Riveros, all attended the meeting. They identified strategic goals and actions and discussed the 11th Pacific Alliance Summit, scheduled to be held in Chile this July.  

In 2011, the Heads of State of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru agreed in the Lima Declaration to create the Pacific Alliance in order to move gradually towards the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, presented a cooperation project for fisheries at the meeting.  

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