Participant Registration08:00-08:30

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Welcoming Remarks8:30-09:00

The EU-Chile Association Agreement is one of the most ambitious agreements of its time. As a result of the Agreement, the EU has maintained a privileged relationship with Chile. However, the world has changed since the trade pillar of our Agreement entered into force in 2003. Both the EU and Chile have signed other, more modern agreements with other trade partners and new global economic issues have emerged. Accordingly, we face the challenge of modernising the Association Agreement so that our success story will continue into the future. What has been achieved thus far? What are the challenges? Identifying these is the purpose of this seminar.

Edgardo Riveros, Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Stella Zervoudaki, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation

Panel 1: Institutional Framework09:00-10:00

Apart from bolstering trade and investment figures, the EU-Chile Association Agreement includes legal safeguards and an institutionally that allows us to swiftly resolve potential difficulties while also providing opportunities to work on areas of mutual interest. What is this framework? How are transparency and policy and civil society contributions weaved into the decision-making and monitoring process?

Paulina Nazal, Director General of International Economic Affairs (DIRECON)
Alejandra Guerra, Director of Europe Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Isabel Allende, President of Parliamentary Association Committee
Etiel Moraga, Representative of EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee

Moderator: Claudia Uribe, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Coffee Break10:00-10:30

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Panel 2: Economic Outcomes10:30-11:30

The Association Agreement includes a free trade of goods and services, establishment rights (investments), and mutual access to government procurement, in addition to other issues regarding intellectual property, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, customs cooperation and facilitating trade. Since the agreement entered into force in 2003, bilateral trade has doubled. What sectors have benefited from the agreement? What is the relevance of non-copper sectors? What is the role of SMEs trading with the EU versus other trade partners? What effect has the agreement had on economic growth and job creation? Has the agreement had a positive impact in terms of innovation, technology transfer, competitiveness and sustainability?

Opening Remarks:: Luis Felipe Céspedes, Minister of Economy

Alfredo Moreno, President of the Confederation of Production and Commerce (CPC)
Pablo Urria, Director of Bilateral Affairs, DIRECON
Vicente Caruz, President of Eurochile
Jörg Schroerlücke, Commercial Manager of STC Sunbelt SpA (importer of solar panels)

Moderator: Claudia Uribe, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Panel 3: Exporting to the European Union, Importing from the European Union11:30-12:30

Since the agreement has entered into force, trade has increased two-fold in both volume and value. What are the key drivers behind this increase? What is the value added of exporting to the EU versus other markets? What improvements can be carried out to increase these exports? What is the relationship between trade, growth and employment? How has the involvement of SMEs in exports to the UE evolved? What is the value added of importing from the EU versus other markets? How do European imports contribute to creating value and growth in Chile? How have Chilean consumers benefited from European imports?

Rafael Sabat, International Deputy Director of ProChile
Ronald Bown, President of the Dercorp Group (importers of automobiles and machinery and equipment for agriculture, construction and transportation, among others)
Jorge Quintanilla, General Manager of the Cooperative Coopeumo (exporters of nuts and dried fruits)
Felipe del Rio,President of the Derco Group (importers of automobiles and machinery and equipment for the agriculture, construction and transportation sectors)
Hernán Calderón, President of CONADECUS and Representative of the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee

Moderator: Claudia Uribe, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Working Lunch12:30-14:30

During lunch participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and suggestions for the future of Chile-European Union strategic relations.

Moderator: Carlos Álvarez, Director of InvestChile
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