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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

The United States and Chile: The Fact Sheets

President Obama and President Piñera enjoyed meaningful and productive meetings during the President's visit to Santiago.  They highlighted the strong and natural ties between the United States and Chile and sought to build on their relationship on issues of regional and global importance.  In the spirit of enhanced partnership, the two Heads of State agreed to broaden cooperation in several areas. These include:

Strengthening the U.S.-Chile Economic Relationship

The United States and Chile are strong partners in trade and investment as well as energy,climate change, and environmental cooperation.  This relationship is based on a common commitment to an open market economy as the key determinant of economic growth, development, and job creation.  Bilateral trade has more than doubled since the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force in 2004.  During 2011, the United States and Chile will eliminate tariffs on 134 products, further promoting trade between our two countries.  We are cooperating on a number of other issues, including active negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 21st century high-standard trade agreement embracing dynamic economies across the Asia Pacific region.  In addition, the two Presidents agreed to continue to work together bilaterally and regionally to protect the environment, combat climate change, and enhance clean energy development and deployment.

  • To view the fact sheet on the Strengthening the U.S.-Chile Economic Relationship click HERE.
  • To view the fact sheet on the Economic and Trade Statistics click HERE
  • To view the MOI on Technical and Promotional Cooperation in Support of Trade click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE.
  • To view the fact sheet on the U.S – Chilean cooperation under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas click HERE.
  • To view the Sister Park Agreement click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE.
  • To view the U.S.-Chile MOU on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE
  • To view the fact sheet on The United States and Chile: Cooperation on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy click HERE.

Trilateral and Defense Cooperation

The United States and Chile work closely together on development programs in Latin America where we partner to reduce poverty, improve social conditions, and bolster the institutions critical to increased stability and prosperity in the hemisphere.  We are engaged together on important work in Central and South America to promote developing countries' trade, agricultural best practices, and citizen security.

 The United States shares a strong defense cooperation relationship with Chile.  Our nations are committed to working together to ensure regional preparedness for natural disasters and to share best practices in crisis management. The United States and Chile are also committed to regional citizen security and will seek to broaden cooperation in this area.

  • To view the fact sheet on Disaster Preparedness and Relief click HERE.
  • To view the fact sheet on Trilateral Development click HERE.
  • To view the MOU between FEMA and ONEMI click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE
  • To view the MOU between USAID and AGCI on Development Cooperation in Third Countries click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE
  • To view the fact sheet on Defense Cooperation between the U.S. and Chile, click HERE.

Education, Technology, and Innovation

The United States and Chile have sought to expand cooperation on innovation and entrepreneurship as the driving force for increased productivity and competitiveness.  We seek to continue promoting collaboration between universities in exchanges and joint research programs.  Similarly, we enjoy robust English language education programs and will look to increase the breadth of this initiative.

The United States and Chile enjoy effective collaboration in the fields of astronomy and astro-engineering, with close collaboration between public and private academic and research institutions in both countries.  

  • To view the fact sheet on Education Programs click HERE.
  • To view the Letter of Intent on English Language Training click HERE.  In Spanish, click HERE.

Democracy and Human Rights

The United States and Chile are committed to strengthening coordination on aspects of mutual interests in multilateral forums, including the Rule of Law, democracy and full respect for human rights and fundamental liberties. Our nations enjoy growing cooperation as members of the UN Human Rights Council and as members of the Community of Democracies.