Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru Move Forward in Process of Integration
By Dialogo January 10, 2011Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have taken the first stop toward forming an Area of In-Depth Integration (AIP) that could enable greater openness in migration and trade and that will be promoted by a Pro Tempore Secretariat for which Chile will be responsible, an official source said.
Ministers from these four countries met on 6 January in Santiago, where they decided to begin talks toward this body, proposed by Peruvian President Alan García on 4 December, during the Twentieth Ibero-American Summit of Presidents in Argentina.
“What this includes is having full freedom in the future for the circulation of goods, services, and capital, in addition to taking the pertinent measures to facilitate the movement of persons among these four nations,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno affirmed.
At the same time, the AIP will have the objective of ensuring that these four countries – which together account for 55% of Latin America’s exports to the world – have the necessary competitiveness to stand up to Asian markets.
For this purpose, a Pro Tempore Secretariat was created, for which Chile will be responsible during 2011 and which will work on forming the AIP.
Within a three-month period, a commission of deputy ministers is to develop a “road map” that includes the issues that the AIP will address.
The Colombian minister of trade, industry, and tourism, Sergio Díaz Granados, and the Mexican secretary of the economy, Bruno Ferrari, also participated in the meeting.