August 1, 2014
Chile and Argentina to increase connectivity
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met today with Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet and discussed the relaunching of the Maipú Agreement -signed in 2009- to increase the links between the two countries and boost regional commerce with Asia.
The Argentine head of state said both governments plan to “double [border] crossings” and referred to two projects, the Agua Negra crossing and Aconcagua transoceanic railway.
"Connectivity is crucial to our economies' competitiveness, in order to take our goods towards the most dynamic region of the world in terms of commerce, which is Asia” CFK affirmed.
Bachelet in turn said "Chile sees itself as a port and bridge for the rest of the region to reach the Pacific" and made a call to “complete tasks left unfinished” by the two countries.
The Chilean president arrived in Buenos Aires today for the meeting held in Government House, in her first official engagement abroad since being elected for a second term in La Moneda Presidential Palace.
The visit aims to strenghten ties with Argentina, and to negotiate a commercial agreement between the Mercosur bloc and the Pacific Alliance.