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Bachelet proposes meeting of Mercosur and Pacific Alliance leaders

Saturday, June 21st 2014 - 08:35 UTC
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Bachelet addressing at the Alliance summit Bachelet addressing at the Alliance summit

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Friday proposed a September gathering between officials and business leaders from Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance in hopes of creating a tie-up between the two Latin American trade groups.

 Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Bachelet suggested that foreign ministers from the two blocs should also meet to form a working agreement aimed at developing stronger links.

“I think that beyond the differences, it's perfectly possible in the future to create agreements between the countries of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur,” she said at the official start of the Pacific Alliance summit in the western Mexican coastal state of Nayarit. “It's not just possible, it's necessary.”

The Pacific Alliance, created in 2011, is an economic bloc that includes Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile, and represents about 35% of Latin America's GDP. Mercosur includes regional heavyweights Brazil and Argentina, (plus Uruguay and Paraguay) but Chile is only an associate member.

Bachelet, who returned to power in Chile in March, has criticized the previous conservative administration for neglecting relations with South America's more left-leaning countries and said she wants the Pacific Alliance to be more inclusive.

On Thursday, Mexico's stock exchange said it will connect with bourses in Chile, Colombia and Peru by year-end through the Latin American Integrated Market, or MILA, in the latest example of regional integration.

MILA was formed in 2011 to boost market liquidity within the Pacific Alliance trade grouping, and the tie-up aims to create more business for the financial markets in the region.

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  • Think

    Mami !!!!

    Jun 21st, 2014 - 08:54 am 0
  • reality check

    Why?

    The PA is doing well.

    Why would you possibly want to screw it up?

    If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it!

    Or you'll be sorrrrryyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jun 21st, 2014 - 09:25 am 0
  • ilsen

    I don't know why she would bother. Why choose the swamp over a gleaming highway.
    She is asking for years of petty wrangling. This will only slow down Chile.

    She should blank MercoSur completely. Concentrate on the Pacific Alliance. Invest in infrastructure and education. Build on the already good relations with the USA and the UK. Stay stable. Get rich.
    Soon those ne'er do wells over the border will come running after you, with begging bowls held aloft. ...

    Jun 21st, 2014 - 10:42 am 0
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