Backing Development Decisively and Realistically

The Pacific Alliance is now operating and producing results which are favorable to the development of the nations which compose it, and it is a natural environment for Central American countries to be integrated into.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The very apt comparison made by analyst Andres Oppenheimer between the economic blocs Mercosur-Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela-, and the Pacific Alliance-Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru (soon to also include Costa Rica) - shows the major conceptual differences between one group and another, and the concrete results generated for the development of their people.

While the Pacific Alliance presents itself to the world as a homogeneous block for trade policies and tariffs, announcing the elimination of tariffs, for its members, on 90% of what they produce, the president of Uruguay, former guerrilla Jose Mujica, declares that "... We can not and must not deceive ourselves, in recent years MERCOSUR has became very stagnant and it is increasingly difficult to trade among its members, rather than being a common market, it is in fact just a bad customs union ... ".

Perhaps the best definition of the conceptual distance between the two blocks has been made by the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, who said when presenting her country's aspiration to join the Pacific Alliance: "... we have had enough of ideology, slogans, and trying to find scapegoats ... We have to assume our responsibility and complete the work to be done in terms of development. "

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