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Minister Muñoz presided over the meeting of the Council of Ministers for the Development of Ocean Policy

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, chaired today the second meeting of the Council of Ministers for Ocean Policy Development, which was also attended by the Minister of National Defence, José Antonio Gómez; the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez; and the Minister of Environment, Marcelo Mena.

Today, in compliance with its mandate, the Council completed the preparation of the document on Ocean Policy, which contains all the orientations, scope, priorities and interests in this area. This text will be presented in the next few days to the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, for approval.

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"Since the creation of this Committee of Ministers and with the representation of the Navy, we have made a great effort and have managed to finalize this document," said Foreign Minister Muñoz at the end of the meeting.

This text "addresses different dimensions of conservation, sustainable use of the sea, coastal border, mining issues. It is a general and comprehensive document, but it is only the first step which we hope will also be developed in the future", concluded the Minister.

The initiative to create a Council of Ministers for the Development of Ocean Policy is in line with the country's economic and sustainable development agenda and our long-term foreign policy objectives. The challenges of conserving our ocean are closely linked to security issues, and in general, to those related to the process of sustainable development.

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