LIMA – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales, inaugurated Friday the 3rd Binational Cabinet, in which the ministers of their respective governments will work in harmony to agree on joint policies and projects for the integration of their two countries.
To kick off the session at Government Palace in Lima, Kuczynski recalled that the Andean Plateau, across which the border runs between Peru and Bolivia, is a unique region with a special need for the Cabinets of the two countries to work together.
For his part, Morales said that Bolivians and Peruvians are “brother nations with a common history,” whose authorities share “many responsibilities for working together on integration policies.”
“We’re simply recovering what our ancestors achieved. They complemented each other within a framework of brotherhood and solidarity. It is our commitment to attend to the most abandoned, most forgotten families” in our two countries, Morales said.
On the meeting’s agenda is the possibility that Bolivian maritime cargoes might come and go through the Peruvian port of Ilo. Also listed are the promotion of new highways and railroads, like the Central Bi-Oceanic Railway project from the Atlantic coast of Brazil to the Pacific coast of Peru by way of Bolivia.
Among the other items to be discussed by the Binational Cabinet are hydrological resources, defense and security, economic matters, trade and social integration, governance and energy interconnection.
Also to be debated will be the process of modernizing the Autonomous Binational Authority of the Lake Titicaca Hydrological System at the world’s highest navigable lake that serves as a border between the two countries.