Customs cooperation, the digital agenda and prospects for cooperation in the agricultural sector will be the priority areas of collaboration between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Chile for 2018. It was agreed at the meeting held in Moscow on July 26 by the Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Tatyana Valovaya, and the Vice Trade Minister and Foreign Ministry General Director of International Economic Affairs of the Republic of Chile, Paulina Nazal.
Expert consultations on customs matters, in view of the entry into force of the new EAEU Customs Code, were scheduled. In addition, in the framework of the annual session of the Joint Commission for cooperation between the EEC and the Government of Chile, it is planned to exchange views on the digital agenda of the EAEU and Chile, hold industry-specific consultations on prospective areas of cooperation in the agriculture, in particular in fisheries.
“Chile can be considered a pioneer among Latin American countries in developing cooperation with the EAEU. In recent years, after formalizing contacts through signing the Memorandum, cooperation with this country is picking up the pace, and the Republic of Chile has become a key partner in the region for the EEC,” the Minister said. “We have prepared an action plan for 2017-2018, exchanged the lists of goods of export interest for Chile in the EAEU and for the Union in Chile. This will ramp up efforts to increase trade turnover between the EAEU and Chile.”
Traditionally, Chile has been actively working on the development of partnerships with the EAEU countries. Last year, a delegation of official and business circles, after the 2nd session of the Joint Commission, visited the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Armenia. This year, a trip to the Kyrgyz Republic is planned to hold meetings with Government and business circles and to seek opportunities for increasing cooperation, in particular in the aquaculture sector. It will be the first visit of a Chilean delegation to the country. Cooperation between Chile and the EEC allowed the Republic to discover new partners in the Eurasian region.
Paulina Nazal mentioned interest of the Pacific Alliance, an integration associations of Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru, in developing contacts with the EEC at the multilateral level. She noted that such collaboration extended the horizons of cooperation.
Cooperation between the EEC and the Government of the Republic of Chile shall be carried out in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding. The document was signed on June 19, 2015.
Under the Memorandum, the annual sessions of the Joint Commission are held. On October 2, 2015, Santiago hosted the 1st such session.
On September 26, 2016, Moscow hosted the 2nd session of the Joint Commission, within which a seminar for representatives of the EAEU countries for the exchange of experience in negotiating free trade area (FTA) agreements was held.
On March 20-21, 2017, Santiago hosted the 3rd session of the Joint Commission, following which, according to preliminary arrangements, an action plan was approved, and lists of goods of export interest were exchanged. In the framework of the session, the seminar on technical regulations, application of sanitary, phytosanitary and quarantine phytosanitary measures in the EAEU was held; issues of antitrust regulation and public procurement system were also discussed.