Senior officials from the Agriculture portfolios of Chile, Mexico and Peru agreed in Santiago, Chile, to establish the Agricultural Council of the Pacific Alliance (CAAP), a forum that will be supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
“The initiative seeks to favor integration agreements and increase regional coordination to boost rural development and project the countries as a leading trade bloc towards the Asia-Pacific, IICA said in a statement”, you can read in Gestión.
The forum will also serve to share technological knowledge and development throughout the countries’ ministries of agriculture.
In addition, next March, the Ministers of Agriculture of Chile, Mexico and Peru will meet to sign a commitment to work together in the framework of the Pacific Alliance with sustainable development, rural well-being and agricultural food products trade as main lines to work together.
According to the minister of agriculture of Chile, Antonio Walker, who participated in the meeting, “integration is key to the development of our sector in Latin America”.
For his part, the Chief of Staff of the General Directorate of IICA, Miguel Ángel Arvelo, presented the commitment of the specialized agency in agriculture of the Inter-American System to support the new Council through a technical secretariat.
“IICA has the experience of the 15 years of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS), convening ministries and addressing strategic issues, working on the development of regional public goods, being a political and technical bridge, including countries, the private sector, the academy and family farming,” he said, according to Gestión.