Santiago media reports increasing disappointment in the Chilean government and private sector with the latest batch of Argentine measures to restrict imports and want the issue ‘top of the agenda’ when President Cristina Fernandez visits Chile at the end of the month.
Members of congress from the ruling coalition and the opposition have requested President Sebastián Piñera to make an official protest through Ambassador Adolfo Zaldívar to Argentine Secretary of Commerce Guillermo Moreno.
”We are going to invite the ambassador to give us his opinion on the lack of reciprocity between Chile and Argentina in a special joint session of the Economy, Agriculture and Foreign Affairs committees” said Gonzalo Arenas president of the Economy committee.
“This has led to disloyal competition because of the distortions in the Argentine market which affect Chilean exports” added the Chilean lawmaker.
Congress members concerns refer to the farming sector and steel.
“The protectionist’ policies generate not only generate disappointment but also attack free markets and free international trade principles” said Arenas who added that “we should begin thinking in reciprocity measures”.
Lawmakers have asked Foreign Affairs minister Alfredo Moreno that the issue “be treated as fundamental in the bilateral agenda” to be addressed when President Cristina Fernandez visits her peer Sebastian Piñera at the end of the month.
Chilean Ambassador Zaldívar also confirmed that he will be informing Casa Rosada of the ‘inconveniences” of the latest trade measures, (which became effective February first) since they are contrary to the production integration the two countries are intent in advancing.