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Chile convinced of the Mercosur/Pacific Alliance 'convergence' led by Brazil

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 08:53 UTC
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“Convergence in diversity”, argued Rebolledo who is participating in bilateral trade and economic affairs meeting between Chile and Brazil “Convergence in diversity”, argued Rebolledo who is participating in bilateral trade and economic affairs meeting between Chile and Brazil
Rousseff running for re-election has admitted that Mercosur want closer links and even a 'possible convergence' with the Pacific Alliance Rousseff running for re-election has admitted that Mercosur want closer links and even a 'possible convergence' with the Pacific Alliance

Chile is confident that in coming months there will be 'significant' advances in a convergence of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, said Andres Rebolledo, Chile's Deputy Trade minister during a visit to Brazil.

“Convergence in diversity”, argued Rebolledo who is participating in bilateral trade and economic affairs meeting between Chile and Brazil, the first such meeting since 2011.

The Chilean official said that whatever the result of Brazil's presidential runoff on 26 October, “there will be no turning back on Brazil's interest of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur having closer links”.

He added that no matter the current political situation, Brazil has a leading role in Latin American integration and is a global player in a new multi-polar world which is being constructed. “There's no doubt that Brazil has a more than proven commitment to Latin America's integration”.

President Dilma Rousseff who is running for re-election has publicly expressed that Brazil, which together with Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela make up Mercosur want closer links and even a 'possible convergence' with the Alliance, and its full members, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.

Her contender in the runoff, Aecio Neves is even more affirmative on the issue: in the event he becomes Brazil's next president a top priority of his foreign and trade policy will be to promote a greater opening of markets with more emphasis in economic than political issues, one of the main criticisms of the current focus of Mercosur.

“No matter who wins, the convergence between Mercosur and the Alliance is a fact, and Brazil given the size of its economy will be one of the pillars of that future association” insisted Rebolledo.

The Chilean official also recalled that next 24 November Santiago will be hosting a seminar with the foreign ministers from Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, together with business representatives and multilateral organizations (such as Eclac and Unasur) to address precisely such a convergence, benefits and drawbacks.

Rebolledo also revealed that to make the meeting even 'more Latin American', a delegation from Central America's Guatemala has been invited to the event, so that “this convergence transcends the two regional blocks”.

Finally regarding Chile/Brazil bilateral relations, Rebolledo recalled that Brazil is his country's main trade partner in Latin America and fifth in the overall list, and has become “the main market for Chilean investments, which already total over 25 billion dollars; Brazil is essential for any serious integration project”.
 

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  • Conqueror

    Never mind, Chile. You were doing quite well. Intelligence and time still necessary but you were going somewhere. Then Bachelet threw it away. Brazil is a proven no-hoper. Shouldn't it have been able to mount a small international competition? Just 31 countries. Meanwhile, London, England mounted the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and hosted 204 countries. Where IS Chile going?

    Oct 15th, 2014 - 10:13 am 0
  • Islander1

    This will only work if a new Brazil Govt drops mercosur and then Brazil-Uruguay and Paraguay join the Pacific Alliance maybe - if they want Arg and Venezuela in it then Chile must have completely gone loony.

    Oct 15th, 2014 - 11:51 am 0
  • Sergio Vega

    1 & 2 @ I agree 100% with both of you....
    Just in case the Brazilian Gvt. change to a center right party it could be a good idea to get a convergence with Mercosur partners.....except Paraguay that has been changing to the right side...
    But, having what we unfortunately have there is no probability to Chile will focus only in the PA and will tray to engage with Brazil and its partners.....
    But, I wonder, is this what we deserve and nothing more having the december 2013 election result that we had.....??? I tend to believe it´s so, but inside appears the rebelión and think that our fate must be better than that and we deserve to recover our way to growth and development with a Gvt. that believe in the entrepeuners and private sector as the engine of development in all áreas, economic & social....contrary those now at the Office, hard believers of the growing State role as “the” promotor.....(food for the corruption and political leftist parties to assure the power).

    Oct 15th, 2014 - 03:46 pm 0
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