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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

CHILE: Prosur comes to life but to what end?

A new regional integration promotion forum was launched last week in Chile. The Foro para el Progreso de América del Sur (Prosur) has been billed as the new vehicle to advance economic and political integration in South America to replace the moribund Union of South American Nations (Unasur). The main driving force behind the new integration initiative, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera, insists that, unlike Unasur, Prosur will not become an ideological enterprise designed to promote a specific political model. Instead the new group will exclusively seek the integration of all the countries in the region in order to contribute to its “growth, progress, and development”. Detractors argue that Prosur is nothing more than another political vanity project that will not fulfil its lofty objectives.

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