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Chile's Development Strategy and the Recent Trade Agreement with the United States

March 4, 2004 - 5:00 pm

Amb. Osvaldo Rosales, Director General for International Economic Relations, Ministry of International Relations (Chile)

Following his appointment as Director General for International Economic Relations at Chile’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Osvaldo Rosales has supervised Chile’s international economic relations during the last three years. He was the chief economic negotiator during the successful negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between Chile and the United States of America. He also headed the complex negotiations leading to the Political and Economic Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union (EU); the Free Trade Agreement between Chile and the Republic of Korea and the Free Trade Agreement between Chile and the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA). All these agreements were reached during 2002 and the first quarter of 2003.

An economist with advanced degrees from the University of Chile, Ambassador Osvaldo Rosales is a specialist in economic development and international economics. Before this appointment at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Rosales has held senior positions at the UN’s ECLAC/CEPAL, Latin American Institute of Economic and Social Planning (ILPES), and other centers and institutions. He has been directly involved with Chile’s process of democratization and was coordinator of the macroeconomic program of Ricardo Lagos’ presidential candidacy (1999). Ambassador Rosales has lectured and given presentations at universities, think tanks and governmental agencies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain, Israel and the former Soviet Union. He has advised several Latin American governments on macroeconomic policy. He has organized several international seminars. His publications focus on the US economy, NAFTA, trade and economic integration, Chile’s export sector, globalization, and development.