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The Rioja hosts a regional summit between Chili Y Argentina to articulate the realization of the desired Bioceanic Corridor that will unite the north and center of both countries. It’s about the XXII Plenary Meeting of the ATACALAR Integration Committee, an institutional instance between provincial governments on both sides of the mountain range that, in the current historical-political context, acquired an unprecedented accumulation of wills. The meetings of the ATACALAR Integration Committee have been taking place for 22 years but, never as today, the possibility of a concrete advance that crystallizes the purpose of its creation, which aims to generate a regional alternative that allows retracing the poverty caused by centralist policies, was perceived so close.

The expectations around the call are sustained in the exceptionality of the historical moment of both countries. On the one hand, it is the first time, since the integration initiative was promoted, that two popular national governments coincide; the of borik in Chili and the one of Fernandez in Argentina; and on the other hand to the possibilities that determine the strengthening of the federal positions expressed by the Argentine provincial governments, far from the port of the Buenos aires city. There is an Argentina that extends beyond the Port of the City of Buenos Aires and a Chile that exists beyond Santiago, two profound countries that see the future that was denied them in regionalization, in this case with the realization of a Corridor Bi-oceanic that will enhance productive development where centralist projects marked inequality, postponement and poverty. An inequality that, at present, affects the lives of millions of people on both sides of the mountain range.

This accumulation of expectations and meanings is supported by the political volume of the referents who convened the XXII Plenary of ATCALAR and in the speeches delivered by the leaders themselves. The concrete advances will come after the end of the meeting, when the syntheses reached by the technical teams that make up the binational organization are known. On the part of the national governments, the political decision to advance with the corridor was ratified by the Ambassador of Chile in Argentina, Barbara Figueroa and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Nation, Anselmo Tetamantti. Also present at the opening was the presidential delegate of Atacama, Gerardo Tapia.

On the side of the Argentine national government, the meeting was endorsed with the presence of the Chief of staff, John Manzurand the Home Secretary, Peter’s Wado, who through their speeches gave an account, with solid arguments, of the dysfunctional concentration of the productive apparatus agglutinated in corridors that lead to the port. For their part, Manzur and De Pedro forcefully expressed the will of the national government to move forward with the necessary works to complete the Bioceanic corridor in its different Andean passes. The general foundation of the government of Alberto Fernández is to consolidate a new development platform for Argentina, through an infrastructure that ensures, in the future, productive investments and job opportunities in the region.

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At the provincial level, on the Chilean side, the governor of Atacama participated, Michael Vargas Correa, who made a tour of the trajectory of ATACALAR since its creation, assuring that the historic time has come to specify the Corridor. The governors of the Argentine Norte Grande or their representatives were present as the main stakeholders. There are ten provinces that expressed the commitment and the will of this bloc to move forward with the Corridor, a commitment that even brings together a couple of opposition governments. A pearl of this meeting and surely one more bean for Quintela, was the surprising presence of the governor of Cordova, John Schiaretti, with whom he has maintained a continuous political dialogue since the beginning of his administration. The federal look of the Cordovan is not a novelty, although it is not disseminated by the hegemonic media. The occasion served to ratify it and he did it with a lucid and fiery speech in which he also spared no show of affection for the province and his colleague from La Rioja.

Quintela’s message, as host of the meeting, was vibrant and much commented on by those present. As the last speaker, it was his turn to speak when almost everything had been said, however, his words did not result and left material to be cut, especially for those who are interested in the characteristics of the federal and popular leaderships of the present. He spoke about the need to deepen an ethic of solidarity between the provincial governments, something that he outlined with an anecdote in which he highlighted Schiaretti’s attitude towards La Rioja, by offering him selfless collaboration to solve the need for water in the town of Miraclefrom the town of The Chachoon the border with Córdoba.

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He also proposed considering internet, water and energy services as Human Rights, something that he has been assuming with a strong commitment since his administration, but which he intends to institute at the constitutional level in the province, as a form of protection for the inhabitants far from the center. Finally, he referred to federalism and its updating as a popular myth: “No longer with the lance and poncho in the montonera, no longer. Now, the fight is with the reasonableness and the criteria that our constitution establishes, which unfortunately was never applied”, he stated in reference to the federal fight in the present, also assuming the continuity of a historical subject that takes the flags of a resistance inherited from the memory of men and women who terrified them with their blood.

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