UK observer in the Pacific Alliance
The Alliance is considered one of the newest and most promising political and economic blocks is emerging from Latin America. The Pacific Alliance (Alianza del Pacífico) is an ambitious integration effort between Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico which aims to deepen cooperation among its members by dropping barriers on labor, finance and trade, and to forge closer relations with the Asia-Pacific Region.
The consolidation and development of trade ties between Peru and the United Kingdom remains a priority in the work of the British Government. That is why the British Foreign Office, with the support of the Financial Times, organized a conference in London to promote the opportunities offered by the Pacific Alliance, the trade and economic bloc formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
During the event, the British Minister for Latin America, Hugo Swire, said that the UK considered the Alliance to be a very good model of free trade, freedom of movement and prosperity. He highlighted Peru’s leadership in shaping it and the UK’s desire to develop a deeper relationship with member countries. "I was delighted to learn that the United Kingdom was granted observer status in the Alliance. We received the news with joy and enthusiasm."
Representatives of the member countries of the Alliance participated in the event, including Alfredo Moreno, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile; Vanessa Rubio, Assistant Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of Mexico; Gabriel Duque, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Trade Organization and Julio Mu?oz-Deacon, Ambassador of Peru in the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom has been the latest to join nations like the United States, Japan, Spain, Canada, Australia and Uruguay as observers. ■