The 7th Ministerial Meeting of the South American Council on Infrastructure and Planning (COSIPLAN) of UNASUR was held on December 7 in Buenos Aires, with the attendance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Jorge Faurie; the Minister of Internal Affairs, Public Works, and Housing, Rogelio Frigerio; the Minister of Transportation, Guillermo Dietrich; the sector Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Venezuela, and high-level representatives from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay.
Argentinian chancellor Mr. Faurie, stressed that the member countries of UNASUR face now the challenge of coping with the reality of productive revolution promoted by the new technologies. At the same time, he praised the work of COSIPLAN, as it has allowed to foster social inclusion and poverty reduction, and has facilitated access to services for different population sectors along the continent. He added “Latin America, Mercosur, and the Pacific Alliance are now looking towards Asia, particularly China, and that is why we have to achieve adequate physical inter-connectivity and a much needed energy connectivity.”
Rogelio Frigerio, Minister of Internal Affairs, Public Works, and Housing stressed that COSIPLAN has achieved concrete results that include the Geographical Information System and the Platform of Border Pass. He added that the private sector is being incorporated in the council’s work, for the financing of infrastructure projects, which in the Argentinian case are supported by a law on public and private alliance.
The meeting also approved a Ministerial Declaration that includes among other mandates, the creation of working groups in the fields of transportation, logistics, telecommunications, railroad integration, border integration, and adjustment and redefinition of the Portfolio of Priority Projects, the Strategic Action Plan, and the meetings scheduled for 2018.
At the same time, a Special Ministerial Declaration was approved to recognize eleven new bi-national initiatives and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.