The member countries and observers of the Forum for the Progress and Development of South America (Prosur) held a videoconference presided over by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to coordinate regional efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Aware of the challenge that the new pandemic presents and the importance of coordinating actions and strengthening regional cooperation to face this threat in a concerted, agile, effective and efficient manner, the Heads of State agreed to maintain an open, ongoing and fluid communication channel. This will allow them to coordinate the adoption of measures to protect borders including airspace, and to develop and implement policies to facilitate citizens’ return to their respective countries. They also will promote joint procurement policies for medical supplies and will increase diagnostic capacity to access better conditions in terms of timing and pricing as well as cooperation in multilateral financial agencies.
The following people participated in the meeting: the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; the Interim President of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez; the President of Colombia, Iván Duque; the President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno; the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo; the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra; the President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; and Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo. The group was accompanied by their respective Foreign Affairs, Health and Education Ministers.