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October 21, 2021

Chile celebrates National Day

By H.E. Mrs. Maria Eliana Cuevas, Ambassador of Chile to BucharestThis month of September (18), Chile celebrates 202 years of independence. While we are very proud of how far we have come, especially after the shock of the 2010 earthquake, we are very aware of the new challenges posed by globalization and circumstances affecting the world today and our need to adapt. In this context, President Sebastián Piñera is committed to grow the economy and create jobs, reduce poverty and social inequality, improve education and health, progress in the fight against crime; rejuvenate democracy and strengthen the values ??of our society. We have deepened our integration in the global economy through the signing of new Free Trade Agreements with Vietnam, Malaysia, Turkey, reaching 22 of this kind. This makes it possible for our products and services to access 59 countries, representing 62% of the world’s population, under preferential and stable conditions. We are also in the process of negotiating treaties with India, and Thailand and of further importance is Chilean participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership, which will become the largest free trade zone in the world.Chile has been committed in the last decades to strengthening the mining sector, agriculture, agro- business and winemaking. We are expanding in international markets, increasing quality and supplies and providing very significant returns. In recent years Chile has grown over 6% percent annually. In 2011, we created 700,000 new jobs. Exports have grown by more than 40 percent in the past two years, from US$ 55 billion dollars in 2009 to US$ 81 billion of the $2011. In the first half of 2012, foreign investments in Chile have exceeded US$ 12 billion.In world politics we also have much of which to be proud. Recently in Mexico we took part for the first time in the G-20 Summit, which assembled the twenty most important economies of the world. Chile is the Chairman (Pro –Tem) of the Pacific Alliance which also includes Colombia, Mexico and Peru. In January 2013, we are hosting the first Summit of the new Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) with the European Union. On the subject of electronic governance we have recovered the first place in Latin America, being included by the United Nations, in the list as emergent leaders in this field.This year we celebrated 87 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Chile and Romania. We are very pleased to have significantly increased bilateral trade and cooperation in the international organizations and hope for more in the future. Also, we can highlight some important events,  such as the Romanian participation in the Air Fair 2012 (FIDAE), one of the most important of the world; the future participation of Romania at the next Exponaval 2012, and the coming political consultations between our Governments  at the level of State Secretary, in October 2.We have also developed an active cultural agenda with the presentation of the Exhibition of “Chile Colonial” in several cities, a cycle of Chilean movies, the translation to the Romanian language of several Chilean authors, the visit of our national writer and Cervantes Prize winner, Jorge Edwards. We are also delighted to participate in the upcoming International Fair of Tourism of Romania and Good Wines. We look forward to continuing strengthening our relationship with Romania for centuries to come.

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