Foreign Affairs Minister Andrés Allamand met with the presidents of the Chilean Confederation of Production and Commerce (CPC), Juan Sutil, and the Chilean Federation of Industry (SOFOFA), Bernardo Larraín, to determine how foreign policy can contribute to Chile’s economic reactivation.
“We have reviewed the changes that can be made in terms of the nation’s infrastructure and how we can have a policy that is more attractive in terms of investment. We are going to work with the private sector to ensure that foreign policy contributes to the country’s reactivation,” the Foreign Minister stated during a press conference at the end of the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce Director Charles Kimber, CPC General Manager Fernando Alvear, and SOFOFA International Director Manuel José Prieto.
Minister Allamand emphasized the importance of this moment for the nation’s economy and job creation, facilitating the operation of foreign companies and encouraging them to stay in Chile. In that sense, he addressed Unilever’s decision to halt production in Chile: “There is a global trend towards corporate relocation. We have to work to ensure that Chile is an attractive location for them and that the companies that are here stay here and increase their investments, working from Chile for the rest of the world,” he added.
He also noted that the Foreign Ministry and professional associations are working to open up space for Chile in promising markets such as those of Indonesia and India and to expand free trade agreements like the one in place between Chile and Brazil.