San Salvador, El Salvador
We, the Ministers of Foreign Relations and Ministers responsible for Trade, and the senior representatives of the governments of Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic;
Welcoming the presence of Brazil and Uruguay as observers;
Welcoming also the presence for the first time of Trinidad and Tobago as an observer;
Receiving also with pleasure the representatives of the Interamerican Development Bank, the Andean Development Fund, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Organization of American States, the Pan- American Health Organization, the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System, and the Secretary of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration;
Renewing our shared commitment to promote social justice through broad-based growth and economic development that increases equality, social cohesion and prosperity of the hemisphere;
Reaffirming that in light of the current global financial crisis and its effects, a nondiscriminatory free trade system and open trade and investment policies are essential for economic growth, the reduction of poverty, and sustainable development;
Renewing our commitment to avoid protectionist measures;
Acknowledging that an environment of open trade and investment policies that fosters inclusive prosperity demands active participation by all actors, including government, the private sector, labor and civil society;
Reaffirming the guidelines and actions adopted in the 1st Ministerial of the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative, celebrated in Panama the 10th of December of 2008, for work in the thematic areas of increasing opportunities, deepening trade architecture, expanding cooperation on development and competitiveness, and enhancing cooperation on labor and environment;
Reaffirming, likewise, the commitment of our countries to efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals;
Encouraging participation in the 3rd Americas Competitiveness Forum in Santiago, Chile, that will take place September 27 to 29; and
Taking note of the activities and proposals outlined in this meeting by the countries that are coordinating work in each thematic area.
We resolve to strengthen cooperation to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are broadly shared in our societies, with a special emphasis on creating greater opportunities for micro, small, and medium agricultural, industrial and service enterprises, for youth, for Afro-descendant and indigenous communities, and for vulnerable groups, with a focus on gender.
We reiterate our call to the international community for an expeditious, ambitious, and balanced conclusion to the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to resist protectionism to confront the global financial crisis and its effects.
We recognize that Free Trade Agreements contribute to economic growth and comprehensive development in our societies, and we resolve to work to deepen the commercial ties that unite us, promoting new trade and investment initiatives in the spirit of social inclusion.
We further resolve to redouble our efforts to adopt policies and programs that promote prosperity and sustainable development, that, with an emphasis on the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit, empower micro, small, and medium agricultural, industrial and service enterprises to take advantage of the opportunities of national and international markets.
We agree to strengthen activities designed to:
We agree, further,
Finally, we agreed to meet again in Costa Rica, by the first trimester of 2010, to evaluate the advances achieved in implementing this Declaration, in the thematic areas established in Panama as well as the new elements agreed to in San Salvador. Likewise, we agreed to hold the subsequent meeting in the Dominican Republic.