Chile bets on digital to reach trading partners in Asia: envoy

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2019 05:36 PM

Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) of APEC take part in a meeting ahead of November Presidential summit, at the Hotel Sheraton Miramar in Vina del Mar, Chile. May 17, 2019. Rodrigo Garrido, Reuters

MANILA – Distance may soon become irrelevant as digitalization could bring Chile closer to its trading partners in Asia, the South American nation's envoy said Thursday. 

Chile wants to become the “first digital country” in Latin America, its ambassador to the Philippines Jose Miguel Capdevila said in an exclusive interview with ANC’s The Boss. 

In fact, officials have recently visited China scouting for fiber optic cable providers which would help connect Chile to Asia, he said. Chile is looking for bidders from Japan, Korea, and China. 

“[Distance] I think, yes is a hindrance but it’s getting less and less of a hindrance…Chile is willing and very decisively trying to become the first digital country in Latin America. Because we understand that future is becoming digital,” Capdevila said. 

“One of the things we’re interested with China and also with Korea and Japan is to seek for a provider, because we need a fiber optic cable that would connect Asia with Chile,” he added. 


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Philippines and Chile have also restarted negotiations on a free trade deal, he said, adding that the agreement could be signed next year. 

The 2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will be held in Chile this November.