Joint Statement by His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, and the Right Honourable Jacinda
Auckland, 19 November 2018
At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of
the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018.
President Piñera was welcomed at Government House in Auckland by the Governor-General, the Right Honourable Dame Patsy
Reddy, engaged with business representatives with commercial interests in Chile, and had a warm and wide-ranging
discussion with Prime Minister Ardern. President Piñera and Prime Minister Ardern discussed a range of issues across the
bilateral, regional and multilateral agendas, highlighting the high level of alignment and common interests between the
Shared values and people-to-people links across the Pacific Ocean underpin the strong bilateral relationship between
Chile and New Zealand. The two Leaders acknowledged the strength of the ties and agreed there was great potential for
further growth in the relationship.
They acknowledged their countries’ roles as founding members of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (“P4”),
which later served as a platform for the establishment of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). They welcomed New Zealand’s ratification of the CPTPP, as well as the
progress towards ratification made by Chile, noting the opportunities to further expand trade links. The Leaders
expressed their strong desire for New Zealand to become an Associated State of the Pacific Alliance, including through
the successful completion of a high quality and comprehensive trade agreement.
The leaders discussed the APEC Leaders’ Summit, held this weekend in Papua New Guinea, and acknowledged the importance
of close collaboration between both countries on the breadth of APEC’s agenda. Leaders also discussed the lead up to the
host years by Chile in 2019, and New Zealand in 2021, as well as the search for concrete results that would advance the
progressive, inclusive and sustainable benefits to the Asia Pacific wider population. It was agreed that officials would
continue to collaborate on areas of shared interest by exchanging information, generating ideas and sharing experiences
in order build capability and expertise. President Piñera extended a warm invitation to Prime Minister Ardern to attend
the next APEC Leaders’ Summit in Santiago in 2019. Additionally, Chile thanked New Zealand for sending an official to
work in the Executive Secretariat of APEC Chile 2019.
The Leaders agreed on the importance of building and protecting a safe and prosperous Asia-Pacific region, with respect
for the rule of law. Likewise, they reaffirmed their joint commitment to sustainable development and to working
cooperatively in support of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Declaration on Progressive and Inclusive Trade signed by Chile, New
Zealand and Canada in March this year. They committed to continue developing inclusive trade policies, to ensure that
the benefits of trade and investment reach all citizens. It was noted that progress is needed to lift the number of
women engaged in international trade, help small and medium sized enterprises to benefit from opportunities offered by
trade agreements and global value chains, and maintain our commitments to protect the environment.
New Zealand and Chile share a common commitment to the development of their respective indigenous peoples. Recognising
the special connection between Māori and Chile’s Mapuche peoples and the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, indigenous
cooperation has been identified as an important area for future bilateral collaboration. Government officials from both
governments are in active discussions on specific areas for future collaboration, particularly how we can facilitate
stronger economic and trade relationships as a basis for our indigenous peoples’ future prosperity.
The importance of a strong, modern, rules-based multilateral trading system was acknowledged. The Leaders shared their
concerns on the rising level of protectionist tendencies, the enforcement of unilateral measures, and the current
impasse regarding appointments to the WTO’s Appellate Body. They noted their countries’ actions in pursuing constructive
solutions that seek to defend, strengthen and modernise the WTO and its rules. Chile commended New Zealand's proposal
which reaffirms the preference for multilateral approaches to carry out trade negotiations and puts forward principles
for more flexible mechanisms such as open plurilateral arrangements.
The Leaders shared their concerns on climate change, noting the need to take urgent action. They undertook to work
together during the upcoming COP24 in December in Poland, in order to achieve an ambitious outcome that includes clear
rules and procedures for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Chile and New Zealand share a common interest in
collaborating to develop better climate policies, including carbon pricing mechanisms and developing national legal
frameworks that address the specific needs of each country.
New Zealand welcomed Chile’s deepening focus on the Pacific Islands region, and acknowledged its interest in the Pacific
Islands Forum. New Zealand and Chile look forward to sharing information on their respective Pacific engagements and
perspectives, noting their mutual interest in Pacific prosperity and security.
In a demonstration of the two countries’ ongoing commitment to work together, the Leaders welcomed the signing of the
• Strategic Agricultural Arrangement between Chile and New Zealand for 2018-2021;
• Arrangement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Republic of Chile relating to cooperation
on Non-Tariff Barriers;
• Joint Declaration between the Government of the Republic of Chile and the Government of New Zealand on Antarctic
• Arrangement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Republic of Chile on Cooperation in the
Field of Seabird Conservation.
The President of the Republic of Chile expressed gratitude for the warm welcome extended by the Governor General, the
Prime Minister and Government, and the people of New Zealand.