MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Santiago (Dec 12/20). In Chile, President Iván Duque, accompanied by Foreign Minister Claudia Blum, received the pro tempore presidency of PROSUR from the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.
The Forum for the Progress and Integration of South America – PROSUR has established itself as the main space for agreement on policies in South America and Colombia will continue to lead cooperation and coordination actions in favor of democracy, and to advance towards regional integration effective that supports economic reactivation and allows growth, progress and development of its member countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it new and more multidimensional challenges for South American nations, so it was necessary to refocus the work and priorities of the Forum towards instances of greater regional coordination and with a special focus on the most critical issues of the pandemic to face common challenges together.
In 2021, under the leadership of Colombia as Pro Tempore Presidency, it will seek to advance with priority in the implementation of the 2021 work plans, with a special emphasis on the economic reactivation of the region in each of the sectoral areas, These are: infrastructure, energy, health, defense, disaster risk management, security and the newly created environment group. This group was included at the initiative of Colombia and the proposal had the support of the entire region, considering that this issue is of radical importance for everyone.
The gradual consolidation of PROSUR as a mechanism for integration and consultation in South America will constitute a priority for the management of the Pro Tempore Presidency of Colombia and will involve joining forces to increase the tangible results of cooperation, increase the visibility of the Forum at the regional level. and extra regional and establish a strategic relationship with other instances and organizations of the international community.
These and other elements, added to the important contributions of all the countries part of the Forum, will constitute the basis of the work and the challenges of PROSUR in its third year of life and at the same time, will serve as the axis of convergences to deepen the integration process. and ongoing South American cooperation.
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