The Chilean and Bolivian governments have included integration initiatives in their bilateral agenda, which has been under discussion since last year, an official from Chile's foreign ministry told BNamericas.
The joint agenda is part of a regional effort to improve Atlantic-Pacific connectivity and give a boost to projects that comprise the Regional Infrastructure Integration in South America (IIRSA) initiative, the official added.
Chile's public works minister Hernan de Solminihac and his Bolivian counterpart, Walter Delgadillo, met in Santiago on August 16 to discuss road and railway connectivity projects, said the official.
Issues on the bilateral agenda related to infrastructure include project financing, technical cooperation, project design and infrastructure management, the official said.
Authorities will focus on the technical aspects of building roads in geographically complex areas; road rehabilitation due to telluric movements and landslides; improving the logistics and infrastructure aspects of multi-modal transport between the two nations; and optimizing trade logistics, among other issues, the official said.
Until now, the bilateral agenda focused on three main issues: energy, Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean, and the use of water from the Silala river, which flows from Bolivia into Chile.