Uruguayan Parliament ratified Free Trade Agreement with Chile



The Uruguayan Parliament ratified the Free Trade Agreement with Chile on Tuesday after being approved by the Chamber of Deputies with 85 votes in favor and one against, so it could be promulgated, although for force still need the approval of the Chilean Legislative.

The deputy of the FA Alfredo Asti said that the agreement, which had the support of both the coalition of pro-government lefts, the Frente Amplio (FA) , as of the opposition parties, is "very positive", since Chile, as well as badociated with Mercosur, is a country with which Uruguay already has an integration and another FTA on goods.

"What this does is extend it to the subject of services and with the incorporation of some clauses that we could say are of last generation with respect to labor rights, gender equity and the promotion of small and medium-sized companies, which they were not common in the FTAs, "Asti said.

For the pro-government deputy, this type of element will help Uruguay, since in the service sector the country has a" strong momentum "with much growth in recent years.

The FTA was signed by the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, and the then President Michelle Bachelet, in October 2016.

In April 2018, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies ratified the FTA while the Uruguayan Senate did the same at the beginning of July.

"It is important from the point of view of a position of Uruguay regarding international insertion, beyond what it is with Chile, with any country in the world and the disposition to negotiate this type of treaties ", affirmed the deputy.

International insertion

" This treaty must be put in the framework of the international insertion of Uruguay and recognize that in these The only permanent moments is change. Today we talk about the convenience that a treaty with Chile can have but it can have much more if Chile signs this type of treaty with other countries in the region where we would be displaced "said the parliamentarian.

For Asti the ratification of this agreement is timely "from every point of view" and trusts that the trans-Andean country will do the same soon.

The FTA was in discussion until the last moment because some sectors of the FA were not According to its ratification and considered that there were no conditions to carry it out, however, the plenary of the coalition decided by majority to go ahead with it.

The deputy badured that if the FTA was not ratified, it would have affected the image of Uruguay as a country and would have been "a very negative signal" with respect to the international insertion of the South American nation.

The legislator said that, although the unit the FA stands out for its diversity of opinions and the possibility of debating and discussing the issues, the coalition has decided to agree "a series of rules" that will govern in future approvals to help to finalize these agreements in future negotiations.

"(The FTA) takes care of the current and future interests of the country with certain limitations or exclusions" Asti said and explained that with these limitations that were put in the Annex to the FTA, the differences with the lists of the FA that were contrary to the agreement.

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