Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration Benjamin Blanco told Red Uno that the meeting is still not specified, but it will be between April and May and based on the bilateral economic integration agreement.
Blanco added that the Bolivian-Chilean committee supervising the document, which has been in effect since 1993, stopped meeting about 10 years ago, so the next meeting “will re-launch economic and trade relations between the two countries.”
The agreement lays the foundations for the integration of the two economies and aims to facilitate, expand and diversify the exchange of goods and services.
It also provides for the promotion of productive activities in the two countries, facilitates investment by one of them in the infrastructure of the other, and promotes the creation of conditions for the advancement of mutual trade.
The deputy minister said that addressing issues such as meat marketing, sugar quotas and combating smuggling are on the bilateral agenda agreed so far for the next meeting.
Blanco acknowledged that these negotiations had taken place in the historic conflict between landlocked Bolivia, but criticized that this “represents an obstacle to progress on other issues of concern on the bilateral agenda.”
President Louis Ars urged Chile yesterday to resume dialogue on the Bolivian claim, based on the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Arce considered during the Protocol Act on Sea Day that although the aforementioned court did not specify the legal obligation of Chile to negotiate with Bolivia, the doors to talks between the parties could not be closed.
On the other hand, the Chilean Foreign Minister, Andres Alamand, appreciated the Bolivian proposal, but rejected any understanding regarding the request of the neighboring country for an outlet to the ocean.
On March 23, Bolivia celebrated its 142nd anniversary for the day in 1825 when it lost to Chile the right to its nearly 400 km long coastline due to the so-called Pacific War.
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