LIMA, July 5-6, 2019 - Kazakhstan took part in the XIV Pacific Alliance Summit as an observer country, which takes place in the Peruvian capital Lima. The Kazakhstan delegation was headed by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Brazil and concurrently to Argentina and Chile, Kairat Sarzhanov.
In the margins of the summit, the Kazakh diplomat participated in the Ministerial round tables of the Pacific Alliance member countries with observer countries, where they discussed efficiency issues in the logistics chain, supporting small and medium-sized businesses, implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN SDG) to consolidate the strategic goals of the Pacific Alliance, as well as to adopt a Declaration on the Sustainable use of plastics by the trade union.
Speaking at the session, Ambassador Kairat Sarzhanov expressed his gratitude to the founders of the trade bloc for approving Kazakhstan's application to join the Pacific Alliance as an observer country and an invitation to take part in the organization's annual summit. The diplomat underlined that the leadership of Kazakhstan is firmly focused on finding new opportunities for establishing cooperation and maintaining mutually beneficial relations with partners in Latin America and expressed confidence that observer country status in this effective regional institute will allow our country to strengthen political dialogue, trade and economic cooperation, share experience and best practices, innovations and technologies in various fields. In order to give impetus to cooperation both unilaterally and multilaterally, the Kazakh diplomat called on the governments of the Pacific Alliance member countries to open a joint Embassy in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan. In addition, he announced that Kazakhstan supports the adoption of the Declaration on the Sustainable use of plastics, which fully corresponds to the country's obligations under its national waste management policy and the Basel Convention.
The application of Kazakhstan for joining the trade bloc was approved on May 10 of this year in Mexico City (Mexico) during the XXI Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance. Officially, the assignment of observer status to Kazakhstan was announced at the Summit on July 6 of this year and enshrined as a separate article in the Summit's final declaration.
Together with our Republic, the observer country status in the Pacific Alliance was also granted to Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Philippines.
Pacific Alliance – the subregional trade bloc, which marked its 8th anniversary this year, was created on April 28, 2011 at the initiative of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The founding Summit of the economic bloc was held in Antofagasta, Chile, on June 6, 2012, where the Pacific Alliance Framework Agreement, signed by the Presidents of the founding countries, entered into force. The main goal of the organization is to promote economic integration, development and competitiveness of economies. From July 2018 to July 2019, Peru was the temporary Chairman of the Pacific Alliance. Following the Presidential summit, Chile assumed Pro Tempore Presidency in the organization for 2019-2020. With the accession of new states, the number of observer countries of the Pacific Alliance increased to 59 countries. Along with Kazakhstan and Armenia, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Belarus also has the observer status in this Latin American mechanism.
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