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About us

The Chile Pacific Foundation is Chile’s only public/private organization aimed at facilitating synergies with a focus on supporting policies aligned with the country’s projection towards the Asia Pacific. It also plays the role of Chile’s National Secretariat for both the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), both councils formally bringing up the voices of the Asia Pacific business and research communities into the APEC system.

The Foundation, which is legally tied to the Chilean State through the Undersecretariat of International Economic Relations -a government body under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-, carries out a variety of activities throughout the year to discuss and advance public debate on strategic topics ranging from international trade and foreign investment flows to innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and matters pertaining to the country’s overall integration in the Asia Pacific region.

 

Moving forward an across-the-board agenda

 

A significant number of businesses, both local and foreign companies operating in the country -including several leading multinationals- support the Foundation’s role by becoming members and participating in board sessions and public/private dialogues. Members of the government, including the Vice-Minister of Trade and the general director of Chile’s General Directorate of Export Promotion, also sit on the board.

Different event formats are used to carry forward the Foundation’s working program, including face-to-face and digital activities, which incorporates closed- doors events depending on the nature and sensitivity of the topics. Additionally, the Foundation commissions research and reports to dive into highly-valuable matters related to Chile’s economic and social development priorities. It does so against the backdrop of development experiences across the Asia Pacific, which makes the Foundation one of the most influential institutions in Chile to bring closer and spread best practices from the region among many decision-makers and influential stakeholders.

Discussion topics around international trade of goods and services, the upgrading of the country’s output potential, implementing new ways and trends of the economy –e.g., digital, artificial intelligence, gender equality, cybersecurity, and exporting SMEs-, challenges and opportunities for foreign investment, the geopolitics of the Asia Pacific, the development and implementation of ESG standards, aspects impacting on global value and supply chains, and prospects for the renewable energies industry, among several others, have been part of the Foundation’s agenda over the last years. Growing the knowledge among general public of cultural and political traits of Asia Pacific countries is also included in the Foundation’s events.

Regarding the digital activities -a strong line of work since 2020 and with the ad-honorem participation of world-class panelists -, they have enhanced and further boost the Foundation’s public positioning and further boosted its role as a bridge of engagement and communication between the public and private worlds.  The ad honorem participation of world-class panelists highlights even further the Foundation’s level of credibility and reputation in Chile and abroad.

 

Committed to a multi-stakeholder approach


As a result of an active, high-profile, multi-stakeholder approach initiated more than two decades ago, the Foundation has been able to build and strengthen networks with policymakers, opinion leaders and experts on a wide and growing range of strategic 21st century-related issues.
Moreover, the Foundation has also built up an active network of followers that is currently composed of around 10,000 people, both locals and foreigners, including a large group of businesspeople (from CEOs to outstanding entrepreneurs), members of the academia, investors, high-level advisors, ambassadors and several authorities.

The Foundation actively participates in the APEC/ABAC activities, including summits and general assemblies with privileged access to authorities and influential representatives from the Asia Pacific governments and business community. It has developed strong relationships with peer organizations, business committees and bilateral business councils between Chile and Asia Pacific countries, as well as with the most influential national business associations (CPC and SOFOFA) and chambers of commerce of Chile’s largest trading partners and new prospect markets. The ABAC Chile members are highly recognized entrepreneurs and/or representatives of the business world invited by the President of the Republic of Chile to play this capacity.

The Foundation also closely follows the work of the Pacific Alliance Business Council (PBAC) and, among other things, organized the first formal meeting between ABAC and CEAP, which was held in October 2021.

Regular engagement with diplomatic representatives of Asia Pacific countries is an important component of the Foundation’s work program as well.

History

Chile has been intensifying its relationship with Asia Pacific countries since the first half of the 1990s. In 1990, the country joined the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), while in 1994 became an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economy. The structure of these organizations -which are the most relevant in the region- required the participation of government, businesspeople, the academia and members of the civil society, so that it was clear that a broad taskforce was required to advance Chile’s involvement.

With the aim of strengthening the country’s ties with the Asia Pacific region, during the government of President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, former Minister Secretary General of the Presidency Edgardo Boeninger was commissioned to create an organization to build bridges between the public and private sectors as to the matters pertaining the country’s interest in the Asia Pacific region. It was against this backdrop that the Chile Pacific Foundation was born in 1994. A Foundation scheme facilitates the participation and donations of all the parties involved.

Legal Background

The Chile Pacific Foundation was created by public deed on November 2, 1994. Under a decree issued by the Ministry of Justice published in the Official Gazette under the number 13,468, the Foundation was granted legal personality. The Foundation’s statutes were approved on December 19, 1994, while the first session of the board of directors was held on December 19, 1994.

The Chile Pacific Foundation has been tasked with hosting the National Secretariat of some Asia Pacific fora. It also serves as a public-private institution out of a specific mandate by the Government of Chile, supporting long-term action pertaining to the strategic interests of Chile in the Asia Pacific region.

La Primera Sesión de Consejo Directivo se realizó el 19 de diciembre de 1994. El acta correspondiente se redujo a escritura pública con fecha 28 de diciembre de 1994, ante el Notario Público de Santiago,
don Álvaro Bianchi Rosas.

Se desempeña como Secretaría Nacional en algunos foros regionales en los que Chile participa, al tiempo que sirve como unidad operativa complementaria, consecuencia de la delegación y mandatos expresos del Gobierno de Chile, apoyando una actuación institucional y de largo plazo.

Board of Directors

Manuel Agosin Truper

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) José Miguel Ahumada, Subsecretario de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales ver biografía
(Español) Roberto Angelini Rossi, Presidente Empresas COPEC

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Claudio Elgueta, Director Corpesca S.A. Chile.

Alternate Board Member

de Roberto Angelini Rossi ver biografía
(Español) Iván Arriagada, Director Ejecutivo Antofagasta Minerals

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Ramón Jara, Director Antofagasta Minerals (UK) y Antofagasta Minerals S.A de Iván Arriagada ver biografía
(Español) Ricardo Briggs, CEO de Deloitte Chile ver biografía
(Español) Rodrigo Yáñez, Socio Líder Deloitte Global Trade & Investment (GTI) de Deloitte de Ricardo Briggs ver biografía
(Español) Matías Concha Berthet, P.P. Elecmetal ver biografía
(Español) Amparo Cornejo, Vice Presidenta de Sudamérica de Teck ver biografía
(Español) Renzo Corona, CEO PwC Chile ver biografía
(Español) Ignacio Cueto Plaza, Presidente Directorio Latam Airlines

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Juan José Tohá, Director de Asuntos Corporativos y Sostenibilidad LATAM Group de Ignacio Cueto ver biografía
(Español) Jeffrey J. Dawes, Presidente Komatsu Mining corp. ver biografía
Montserrat Galimany, Advisor to the President of Mitsubishi Chile

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Luis Felipe Gazitúa Achondo, Presidente CMPC

Second Vice president

ver biografía
(Español) Guillermo José Turner Olea

Alternate Board Member

de Luis Felipe Gazitúa Achondo ver biografía
(Español) Óscar Hasbún, CEO de la Cia Sudamericana de Vapores (CSVA) ver biografía
(Español) Cristián Lefevre, CEO E&Y Chile ver biografía
(Español) Elanne Almeida, Socia de Gobierno Corporativo y Sostenibilidad, EY Chile de Cristián Lefevre ver biografía
(Español) Vicealmirante Sr. Guillermo Lüttges Mathieu

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Contraalmirante Otto Mrugalski Meiser

Alternate Board Member

de Vicealmirante Sr. Guillermo Lütgges ver biografía
(Español) Pedro Lyon, Socio de Guerrero Olivos ver biografía
(Español) Ivan Marambio, Presidente de ASOEX ver biografía
(Español) Marcello Marchese, Gerente General Gildemeister

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Enrique Marshall Rivera, Ex Presidente Banco Central

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Ignacio Mehech, vicepresidente de Asuntos Externos y Country Manager de Albemarle Chile ver biografía
(Español) Máximo Pacheco, Presidente del directorio de CODELCO ver biografía
(Español) Carlos Alvarado, director comercial de CODELCO

Alternate Board Member

de Máximo Pacheco ver biografía
(Español) Embajador Patricio Powell, Jefe de la División de Asia Pacífico de la Cancillería ver biografía
(Español) Eduardo Rodríguez Guarachi, Ex embajador de Chile

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Alberto Salas, presidente de INACAP ver biografía
(Español) Jorge Salvatierra, Presidente CAP

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Ricardo Krause, Ex Presidente de CAP de Jorge Salvatierra ver biografía
(Español) Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel Dunker, Economista

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Claudia Rivera, Gerente Regional Comercial Grandes Empresas Banco Bci

Alternate Board Member

de Diego Yarur Arrasate ver biografía
(Español) Francisco Silva Silva, Presidente Security

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Embajador Alberto van Klaveren Stork, Ex Subsecretario de RREE

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Diego Yarur Arrasate, Gerente Desarrollo Corporativo e Internacional de Bci

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Wolf von Appen, Empresario, ex Presidente Ultramar

Regular Board Member

ver biografía

Executive Board

(Español) José Miguel Ahumada, Subsecretario de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales ver biografía
Montserrat Galimany, Advisor to the President of Mitsubishi Chile

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Jorge Salvatierra, Presidente CAP

Regular Board Member

ver biografía
(Español) Luis Felipe Gazitúa Achondo, Presidente CMPC

Second Vice president

ver biografía
Loreto Leyton

Executive Director

ver biografía

(Español) Manfred Wilhelmy von Wolff, Ex Director Ejecutivo Fundación Chilena del Pacífico

Honorary Advisors

ver biografía
(Español) Roberto de Andraca Barbas, Ex Presidente de CAP

Honorary Advisors

ver biografía
(Español) Embajador Octavio Errázuriz Guilisasti

Honorary Advisors

ver biografía

Work areas

APEC Business Advisory Council

The Chile Pacific Foundation was early considered to played the role of National Secretariat of the Chilean chapter of ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council). ABAC is an organization under the APEC system aimed at providing advise to the leaders of APEC, which is a forum of an economic nature, on issues pertaining to the overall business landscape in the Asia Pacific region. Since its inception in 1994, ABAC’s agenda has been incorporating the most relevant issues for the promotion of economic and social development in the region, from free trade and the expansion of the digitalization of the economy to climate change, among many others.

The members of ABAC are entrepreneurs and/or representatives of the business community invited by the President of the Republic. ABAC Chile operates with three full members and the same number of alternate members.

The host economy of APEC also chairs ABAC. ABAC moves his agenda forward throughout the year and hosts four annual meetings alongside a number of other sectorial, smaller meetings, workshops and the like. The most significant event is the ABAC Dialogue with Leaders, the only one of its kind in the world, which takes place after the fourth annual meeting. At this event, ABAC members and APEC leaders discuss the recommendations agreed upon in ABAC.

 

Regular ABAC Members

(Español) Ramón Jara, Director Antofagasta Minerals (UK) y Antofagasta Minerals S.A de Iván Arriagada ver biografía
(Español) María Olivia Recart, Directora de Compañía de Aceros del Pacífico (CAP) y Rectora Universidad Santo Tomás ver biografía
(Español) Mónica Retamal, Directora Ejecutiva Fundación Kodea ver biografía

Alternate ABAC Members

(Español) Eduardo della Maggiora, Fundador y CEO Betterfly ver biografía
(Español) Fernanda Vicente, Presidenta Ejecutiva y Co-fundadora de Mujeres del Pacífico ver biografía

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