Pacific Alliance highlights achievement of bloc since birth in June

2012-11-17 13:55:03 GMT2012-11-17 21:55:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CADIZ, Spain, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Presidents of the Pacific Alliance on Saturday took the chance of the Iberoamerican summit to publish a joint declaration highlighting the advances which have been made since the formation of the bloc on June 6 this year.

The Presidents: Juan Manuel Sanchez of Colombia, Sebastian Pinera of Chile, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Ollanta Humala of Peru said they reaffirmed their promise to construct an "area of deep integration to progressively advance towards the free circulation of assets, services, capital and people, as well as deepening cooperation and intensifying commerce and investment between the Pacific Alliance and other markets in order to promote growth and development and as a result improve the wellbeing of their citizens and combat exclusion and inequality."

The leaders highlighted the role the Alliance aims to play as a platform for coordination and economic integration, with special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region and welcomed Australia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Uruguay as "Observer States," along with Costa Rica and Panama, two countries which are candidates to become full Alliance members.

The communique discussed advances in 10 different fields such as commerce and integration and ease of commerce where they expressed a desire to establish the progressive integration of an electronic certificate of origin.

The bloc aims to improve regulation on intellectual property and ease the movement of people in the region with the aim of generating more favorable conditions for tourism, commercial exchange and investment among Alliance members.

Student exchange is also to be favored along with a program to improve competitiveness of micro, small and medium companies.

The Pacific Alliance has a clear interest in connecting with Asia and the leaders also showed their gratitude to the interest the bloc has provoked elsewhere in the world, especially in Asia, adding this interest would promote a special effort to share its future aims and achievements.

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