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Pacific Alliance summit will remove tariffs from 92% of goods and services

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 08:54 UTC
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 The four presidents at the previous summit The four presidents at the previous summit

The four presidents of the Pacific Alliance are scheduled to sign next Monday the trade group's Additional Protocol which will remove tariffs on 92% of goods and services, effective immediately, announced Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos who will be hosting the summit in Cartagena.

 Presidents Sebastián Piñera from Chile, Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico and Ollanta Humala, Peru have confirmed attendance to the summit which in a couple of years has become the fastest advancing trade group in Latinamerica with its policies open to foreign investment, free trade and promotion of the private sector.

“Next week we meet in Cartagena with presidents Piñera. Peña Nieto and Humala to sign the trade accord which removes tariffs on 92% of our trade, effective immediately”, said Santos who currently holds the rotating chair of the Pacific Alliance.

He added that the Pacific Alliance which has its pillars based on free trade, foreign investment and respect for contracts and “is not an excluding group”.

“As we have said time over and over, this alliance is not a closed group, is not an excluding group, nor does it oppose other integration efforts”, underlined the Colombian leader.

“We are the concrete and pragmatic expression of the interests of a group of countries which decided to unite to take advantage of their synergies and the huge market of the Asia-Pacific basin”.

The Pacific Alliance was started in April 2011 with the “Declaration of Lima” and became formalized on 6 June 2012 with the framework accord signed at the summit held in Chile. The group's population is almost 210 million and its GDP over 2 trillion dollars.

Costa Rica and Panama are candidates to join the group and over 25 countries including China, UK, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Australia are observers.

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  • cornelius

    The bolivarian countries are lefties terrorist and need to be control or deal with, bring the military back to clean the house.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 09:41 am 0
  • Anglotino

    The Pacific Alliance seems to be able to meet quite easily on the Carribean coast. Mercosur is still trying to find a date to do the same.

    It's not even 2 years old and it's already hitting 92% tarrif-free trade.

    Also Santos was very pointed in stating the open nature of the Pacific Alliance. It is inclusive not exclusive.

    Ecuador has a choice to complete a seamless free trade area along the entire South American Pacific coast. With Panama and Costa Rica joining, soon it'll be a seamless trade area from Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 09:53 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Anglotino

    Quite so.

    But, you see, the difference is that the PA WANT to make it work and the presidents realise that genuine trade is the key.

    Everything that Mercosur isn’t!

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:29 am 0
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