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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The United States reaffirms its economic commitment to Chile and seeks to strengthen the trade relationship

The Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gilbert Kaplan, participated in the event “Connecting People, Building the Future,” organized by ICARE in conjunction with APEC, as part of APEC Chile 2019.

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Santiago, September 10, 2019.  Less than two months before the Leaders’ Meeting in Santiago will bring together heads of State from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies, ICARE, in conjunction with APEC, organized the conference “Connecting People, Building the Future.”  Participating in the event, which was held on Tuesday, were business sector representatives, foreign affairs officials and APEC representatives. 

During the conference, which was attended by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gilbert Kaplan, participants discussed how significant it is for Chile to be hosting the forum in 2019 and to be a member of a bloc that plays such a vital role in the global economic scenario. The U.S. government official took the opportunity to reaffirm his country’s commitment to its trade relationship with Chile. 

“The United States and the International Trade Administration are committed to a stronger trade and economic relationship with Chile. U.S. firms already have a strong presence in Chile and are recognized for their innovative, high-value, and high-quality goods and services across a wide array of industries,” he noted.

Chile’s International Economic Relations Undersecretary, Rodrigo Yáñez, pointed out that APEC “today is an engine of growth, the center of global economic dynamism, which brings together the region’s major leaders.  Faced with the challenges of global economic uncertainty, APEC represents a space where issues can be safely debated and discussed, consensus can be reached, and work on said issues can begin, which is extremely important.”

Finally, Chile’s Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Carolina Valdivia, said, “it is essential that we continue to make progress once consensus has been reached. As a medium-sized country, we must create links with other countries, find common denominators and move forward together from a perspective of consensus.” 

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