Senior officials in charge of Agriculture in Chile, Mexico and Peru agreed in Santiago to create the Agricultural Council of the Pacific Alliance (CAAP), a forum that will facilitate the signing of integration agreements and increase regional coordination in order to boost rural development. The countries also aim to be treated as a leading commercial block in the Asia-Pacific.
The Government of Chile, with support from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), was the promoter of the initiative, which will also serve to share technical knowledge and boost development through cooperation between the Ministries of Agriculture of the participating countries,
The meeting was attended by the Vice Minister of Agriculture of Chile, Alfonso Vargas; the Vice Minister of Agriculture of Peru, William Arteaga; the director of International Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico, María de Lourdes Cruz, as well as by the director of the ProColombia Office in Chile, Jorge Hernán Gutiérrez. The officials worked on a first draft of the statutes of the CAAP, which will be ratified in March 2019 by the Ministers.
The authorities agreed on the need to work together and learn from the experiences, mistakes and successes of other countries in areas such as associativity, water resource management, tariffs and the generation of technical capacities.