The UK was proud to host the sixth consecutive Chile Day in London, as a major international showcase for Chile’s financial market. The event is attended by business leaders from both Chile and the UK, and this year President Bachelet made a very special appearance during her two-day visit to the UK.
Minister of State for the Americas, Hugo Swire, closed the Chile Day event with a speech underlining the strong UK-Chile relationship. Thanking President Bachelet, he said:
Chile is an important bilateral and international partner for the UK in many areas, including peacekeeping and on global security interests. We worked closely together on Syria during Chile’s UN Security Council membership and chairmanship last year, and were proud to support Chile’s initiatives on women’s and LGBT rights in the Human Rights Council.
Our partnerships have gone from strength to strength. We are working together on science and innovation through the Newton-Picarte Fund. Both countries are also supporting projects in renewable energy and green finance, as well as sustainable mining, ocean issues, disaster prevention and environmental governance, and believe there is potential for further business links.
President Bachelet is in London as part of a Guest of Government visit. The visit included talks between the President and the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, as well as discussions with a number of other Ministers. The talks focused on a number of topics, including trade and investment, as well as science and innovation as drivers of economic growth.