The Forum of 11 Latin American and Pacific countries is institutionalized

Looking toward Asia, the agreement that gives life to the Latin American and Pacific Arch Forum was sealed at the XVIII Ibero-American Summit in San Salvador.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Arch Forum exists since January 2007, but the last four meetings had been held by ministerial authorities. From now on, the 11 presidents will meet once per year. As presented by Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, the forum represents the way of optimizing the commercial exchange among member countries. But beyond this, the leaders see it as a way for the region to increase trade with Asia which it their neighbor on the Pacific Ocean.

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Pacific Rim meets in Panama

January 2009

Experts in trade, logistics, and infrastructure are holding a preparatory meeting for the 5th meeting of foreign ministers scheduled for March. reports: "Elmer Miranda, director of Economic Relations at the Panama Ministry of Foreign Affairs, indicated that the topics to discuss include the modernization of Customs.

Little results from the Ibero-American Summit

November 2008

What has come out of the meeting of Ibero-American countries in El Salvador?

The truth is a little bit of noise - but not much popular impact - and at least some nuts. What is certain is that nothing much as come out of it, besides the support by "developing" countries that will be represented a the next summit in Washington, pushing for the presence of Zapatero in the American capital.

XVIII Ibero-American Summit inaugurated in El Salvador

October 2008

Salvadoran president Antonio Saca, the general secretary of Ibero-America, Enrique Iglesias, and the Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet will all speak at the summit's opening.

The meeting of Heads of State and of Government was previously prepared by Foreign ministers, and will approved the following documents: The Declaration of El Salvador, a complementary Action Plan and several releases on specific matters, which will then be submitted for a final decision by the Heads of State and of Government.

Latin American countries looking to negotiate with Asia as a block

October 2008

Eleven Latin American countries located on the Pacific are analyzing coming together as a block to increase their trade exchanges with Asian nations.

The encounter, named the Latin American Pacific Arch, brings together ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and delegates from Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.

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