Monday, February 17, 2014
Mexican President Sees new 'Pacific Alliance' as the best
Presidency of the Republic Staff
During a joint press
conference with the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Peru, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that the
Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance, signed [on February 10], “Is the most innovative
integration mechanism Mexico has signed in recent years since the North American Free Trade Agreement.”
said that, “For our country it will provide the opportunity to create more jobs, greater mobility in commerce, services,
people, where all the signatory countries have already begun to see advantages."
This, he explained, is
due to measures that have been taken for the signing of the protocol such as the elimination of visas between signatory countries,
which has increased tourism for Pacific Alliance members.
All this is helping to generate greater economic benefits,
higher economic growth, and consequently greater well-being for the people of our nations, he said. Through “this agreement
we are now prepared to make this region, which comprises the Pacific Alliance, more productive and competitive.”
explained that there are already 30 NATO country observers of the Alliance with whom it has been agreed to find areas of involvement,
integration and agreement on several issues and topics addressed, “where observer countries might eventually be interested
in finding a climate of reciprocity and agreement, for the purposes of trade and services.”
On the second
and last day of the activities of the Eighth Summit of the member countries of this regional integration mechanism, the Mexican
president acknowledged the “invaluable participation of entrepreneurs from the four countries who have given it vitality
and accompanied this agreement.”
He said that the commercial aspect will allow small, medium and large
enterprises to establish more production and, “Of course, compete in this large market.”
that the Pacific Alliance is creating high expectations and visibility in the world, he said that, “This is a great
tool, a great agreement, of great importance and great significance.”
In regard to the Protocol on Investment,
Trade and Services, in addition to the Framework Agreement signed [February 10], the president declared that it undoubtedly
constitutes, “A historic moment in this relationship between the four countries that form the Pacific Alliance.”
is the result, he explained, of lengthy negotiations and agreements that have been carried out, which once ratified by Congress,
or the Senate of the signatory countries, will enable tariffs to be eliminated from 92 percent of products and services. He
added that tariffs will gradually be lifted from the remaining eight percent over the medium and long term.
president declared that during the first half of this year, Mexico will take over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Pacific
Alliance from Colombia and host the Ninth Summit in Punta Mita, Nayarit.
Before his address, President Peña
Nieto signed the Declaration of the Eighth Pacific Alliance Summit. In the morning, after the opening ceremony, together with
the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, President Peña Nieto also signed the Declaration
on Costa Rica’s decision to accede to the Pacific Alliance Framework Agreement.
The President welcomed
Mexico’s participation in this agreement, which, “Brings us closer to the Latin American region and to sister
countries such as Colombia, Chile, and Peru,” and he congratulated the presidents of the member countries on the success
of the Summit.
The Pacific Alliance, a new
alliance that has already borne fruit: Sebastián Piñera
Chilean President Sebastián
Piñera declared that the Pacific Alliance is broad and deep, since it not only seeks free trade in goods, services,
capital and the free movement of people, but also ventures into areas where collaboration can make a difference, such as education,
culture, health, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, the modernization of the state, tourism, SMEs, security and the
environment. “And so, even though this is a young Alliance it has already yielded many results; I am convinced that
the best of the Alliance is yet to come, and that together we will be able to achieve this in order to improve the quality
of life of our people,” he declared.
If we advance together, we can go further: Ollanta Humala
President of Peru Ollanta
Humala said that the Pacific Alliance is an enormous effort and an ambitious project. He explained that the construction stage
has been completed, but that the most difficult part lies ahead, “implementing and institutionalizing it.” He
added: "Although we can advance quickly on our own, if we do so together we will go further.”
There will be more investment, productivity, competitiveness
and jobs: Juan Manuel Santos
For his part, President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, after
reporting that a total of 30 countries have now been incorporated as Pacific Alliance observers, said that the Additional
Protocol signed will translate into, “More investment, more competitiveness and, therefore, more good quality employment
in the countries comprising the mechanism. “What this protocol does is make our economies more competitive, which will
allow them to grow faster and thus create more jobs,” he said.
He added that, “Another purpose of this
Alliance is to shield economies from ups and downs, the normal storms that have taken place in the world’s international
economies throughout history. These four countries in the Alliance are relatively better prepared today; we are better protected
from the storms and volatility of the markets,” he said.
of the Republic, Mexico, DF, Feb. 10, 2014; translation by Presidency
of the Republic