Pacific Alliance: Cultural industries, pillar of economic integration
Within the framework of the XVI Summit of the Pacific Alliance (PA) held in Bahía Málaga, President Iván Duque, together with his Chilean counterparts, President Sebastián Piñera; Peru, President Pedro Castillo; Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso; and the Mexican Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Rogelio Ramírez; signed the Presidential Declaration for Strengthening the Creative Economy. This ambitious pact positions culture and creativity as strategic axes to promote social and economic development throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
“I want to underline the declaration as a major achievement for the promotion of the creative industries in our countries,” said President Duque, “because the creative and cultural industries are a reflection of our identity, and for this reason it is necessary that our artists and cultural managers have the mobility to offer their services.The declaration allows the circulation of content involving production, post-production, distribution and the protection of intellectual property rights.
The Pacific Alliance (Peru, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia) will jointly develop a strategic program to support mechanisms for the reactivation of the cultural and creative sectors after the pandemic, as well as the commercialization of cultural goods and services. The agreement establishes the need to promote the economic empowerment of women and the reduction of gender gaps in the creative sector. “This (declaration) is an unprecedented recognition of the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to social and economic development,” said Colombian Culture Minister Angélica Mayolo.
Within the framework of the meetings held in the port of the Pacific, Colombia handed over the presidency pro tempore to Mexico, and the Technical Group for Culture, under the direction of MinCultura, gave an assessment of the achievements, among which the consolidation of a strategy that allows, over the next four years, artists, creators and cultural managers, to validate their training and certify their experience within the Pacific Alliance block.
Another milestone is a directory of publishers, cultural agents and a calendar with information on some 600 fairs, festivals and B2B events of the creative and cultural industries in the region, aiming to reach more than 14,000 industry professionals. . This year, thanks to an investment of 146,000 USD (580,000,000 COP), a microsite for the promotion of independent editorial production will be launched. This innovative content development platform will be available to residents of PA countries. The digital ecosystem includes a database of performing arts sectors, among the hardest hit during the pandemic.
Singapore signs FTA with Pacific Alliance
To facilitate the movement of goods and provide better access for Pacific countries to the world’s eighth largest economy, the Pacific Alliance has signed a free trade agreement with Singapore. The now called Pacific Alliance-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (PASFTA) is Singapore’s first direct FTA with a market of over $2.6 trillion in GDP. The Palestinian Authority is in the process of negotiating similar free trade agreements with Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. “This is a historic moment in Singapore’s partnership with the Pacific Alliance. Our two regions are actually more connected than people imagine,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said while attending the Summit virtually.
In the 25-chapter deal, Singapore gets better access to the region’s agricultural exports, including Mexican avocados, Chilean wines, Colombian coffee and cocoa. Colombia currently trades with the Asian nation in electronic circuits, vehicle parts, precious stones and refined petroleum products.