November 6, 2020. In preparation for the Summit of Presidents to be held in December, the High Level Group (GAN, by its acronym in Spanish) of the Pacific Alliance met virtually today, composed of the Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

The meeting was headed by the Undersecretary of International Economic Relations of Chile, Rodrigo Yáñez -country that holds the pro tempore presidency of the bloc-, and had the participation of Adriana Mejía, Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Laura Valdivieso, Vice-Minister of Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, on behalf of Colombia; from Mexico, Maximiliano Reyes, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Luz María De la Mora, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy; and on behalf of Peru, Manuel Talavera, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Diego Llosa, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Among the topics reviewed during the meeting by the vice-ministers was the progress of the presidential mandates in the different areas of the Alliance. This year, the bloc has focused its efforts on advancing in the regional digital market, on implementing actions that help mitigate the effects of the pandemic and on advancing in areas that allow for more inclusive policies, incorporating instruments that promote the economic empowerment of women and the internationalization of companies led by women. Thus, the Vice-Ministers were informed of the work being done by the Working Groups and held a dialogue with representatives of ECLAC, the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance and the Council of Finance Ministers of PA.

In terms of cooperation, the GAN highlighted the virtual holding of the II Pacific Alliance International Cooperation Forum, where the 59 observer states of the Alliance will participate and will be developed by geographical area, between November 10 and 25.

Finally, Undersecretary Yáñez announced the preparations that are being made for the XV Summit of Presidents to be held in Santiago on December 11. In addition, at the end of this event, Chile will transfer the pro tempore presidency to Colombia.