The Pacific Alliance, Latin America’s trade bloc comprising Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Mexico, has celebrated its regional integration through a cross-cultural event held at the Peru Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai.
The event led by Colombia, with the support of other member nations was held to reaffirm efforts to strengthen political and economic relations between member nations, as well as promote their respective rich cultural heritage at the global expo.
Diplomats, general commissioners of various national pavilions and business leaders from the member nations of the Pacific Alliance, attended the gala celebrations which featured an exclusive four-hands dining experience crafted by the finest chefs from the Latin American region, Colombia’s Alex Salgado and Peru’s Iván Casusol Rossi.
Guests were treated to a unique gastronomic experience following an array of exquisite Latin American dishes served with authentic and natural ingredients from Pacific Alliance’s member nations, along with exotic Chilean and Mexican beverages.
Jaime Amín, Ambassador of Colombia to the UAE, said: "Pacific Alliance has been successful as an integration process and is an example of Latin America for the world which presently has four associated countries, while four more countries are in the process of incorporation and 40 observer countries. The success of the Pacific Alliance demonstrates the strength of the political integration project, which will allow us to have 100% tariff-free trade of goods and services between our four countries by 2030, which currently stands at 92%.”
“As we celebrate the first ten years of regional integration, we observe with great optimism the processes of social-economic development and political stability of our countries as it is instrumental in our continued growth the proposed goals in the coming decades," Amin added.
According to Marco Antonio Santivanez, Consul-General of Peru in the UAE: “The event held in the Peru Pavilion brought the member nations of the Pacific Alliance together and enabled us to confirm that the strategic vision that inspires us fully converges with the future development goals of the UAE, which is an active observer of the alliance. It is also in line with generating new labour, academic, cultural and business opportunities beneficial to UAE and the member nations of the Pacific Alliance.”
Jorge Dacarett, Ambassador of Chile to the UAE, said: “The member nations of the Pacific Alliance understand that fostering collaboration and friendly relations with other countries is integral for development and nurturing business opportunities. And in UAE, we are represented by Pacific Alliance as a group of integrated countries that offers a favourable destination for investment and visit.”
The Pacific Alliance is a strategic platform that offers competitive advantages for international businesses, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, Pacific Alliance is the eighth economic power and export force globally.-- TradeArabia News Service