Chile and Argentina strengthen collaboration in agriculture

Chilean and Argentinean authorities have agreed to promote integration through infrastructure and cooperation in strategic sectors, as part of the VIII Meeting of the Binational Cabinet and the VI Meeting of Mayors and Governors of the Border.
The Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche said they had agreed to have close cooperation in various fields, which are mainly linked to agriculture. He highlighted the search for convergence in plant and animal health regulations, as well as in quality, health and safety standards.
The presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, emphasised their willingness to join efforts to give continuity to the process of bilateral integration with the purpose of enhancing the region's productive development.
According to Bachelet, both countries are committed to coordinating efforts to improve the connectivity of infrastructure. She also highlighted their commitment to create favorable conditions for the convergence of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, at a time when the Argentinean and Chilean governments are in favor of regional blocs.
In turn, the president of Argentina spoke about the roads connecting both countries. "We are working on dozens of crossings to really integrate," Macri said, noting that one of them is Agua Negra, which has the financial support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
"The IDB is also giving us support for the work we're doing on Cristo Redentor, the passage in Mendoza, which will dramatically increase our exchange capacity and security in a short time," he said.


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