The goal of DIRECON is to develop strategies and policies that strengthen international economic relations. This entails the constant articulation and re-organization of the service tasks in relation to market openings, use of opportunities and benefits derived from the implementation and administration of current agreements, conflict prevention and solution, and the promotion of exports.
In order to accomplish all its responsibilities, DIRECON is formed by 3 Directorates:
- Directorate of Export Promotion
- Directorate of Bilateral Economic Affairs
- Directorate of Multilateral Economic Affairs
The main responsibilities assigned, by law, to the Institution are:
- To collaborate in the country’s export development within the economic policy context set by the Government.
- To promote and negotiate economic international treaties and agreements
- To intervene in all issues regarding work teams, bilateral and multilateral negotiations and joint committees where Chile participates.
- To Study, in all aspects, the Chilean participation in international trade and propose accurate measures.
- To organize public and private commissions abroad. Likewise, to promote the visit of foreign trade missions, help them in their activities schedule and assist them during their visit.
- To spread abroad the Government’s economic policies and suggest the lines of action that the Chilean missions abroad should follow.
- To arrange Chilean trade fairs abroad, and to carry out or help in the execution of international events.
- To provide technical information related to its competition.
- To design proposals for the public and private sector to ensure the optimal use of international markets.
- To carry out a permanent diffusion of national products in the international market to create, extend or increase its demand in the best conditions.
- To watch over the lawful fulfillment and enforcement of laws, rules and regulations, as well as of international agreements between Chile and other countries in connection to the topics mentioned before.
- To execute the responsibilities the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bestows in the General Directorate.
The emphasis of our endeavors is mainly oriented to keep working in the process of commercial-economic openness that our country has maintained over the last 20 years, strengthening the relationship with our neighboring countries in the field of commerce, moving forward in the negotiations with Asian emerging countries, developing and maintaining the task of administering the TLCs or Commercial agreements subscribed by Chile and improving the commercial promotion services that support the exporting process and the internationalization of emerging sectors. The aim of this internationalization process is to widen and consolidate the national exporting group, maintaining a strong country image to other important world trade agents, allowing so to position the “Chile brand” among the current group of offerers.
Management Enhancement Program (PMG)
The PMG is support tool for the management of Public Services based in the development of common strategic areas of public management. Each one of these areas is formed by management systems that demand the compliance of annual DIRECON commitments.
Following is the Management Improvement Program Design per year:
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2014 PDF (32 Kb)
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2013 PDF (13 Kb)
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2012 PDF (13 Kb)
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2011 PDF (13 Kb)
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2010 PDF (14 Kb)
- Formulación Programa de Mejoramiento de la Gestión año 2009 PDF (12 Kb)
Collective Performance Agreements
The Collective Performance Agreement is destined to improve the institutional management through the completion of management goals established by a team work. Completion of such management goals means a contribution to the team work of the institution staff and an improvement in the service offered to the city. The Collective Performance Agreement of DIRECON is carried out annually between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Managing Director of International Economic Affairs.
Following is the Management Improvement Program Design per year:
- Convenio de Desempeño colectivo año 2014 PDF (12,7 Mb)
- Convenio de Desempeño Colectivo año 2013 PDF (3.0 Mb)
- Convenio de Desempeño Colectivo año 2012 PDF (7,6 Mb)
- Convenio de Desempeño Colectivo año 2011 PDF (5,0 Mb)
- Convenio de Desempeño Colectivo año 2010 PDF (4,0 Mb)
- Convenio de Desempeño Colectivo año 2009 PDF (5,0 Mb)
Integrated Management Report (Balance)
The Integrated Management Report (BGI) is a public account of the Public Services where DIRECON reports to the public and the National Congress the most important results of the institutional management.
Following is the Integrated Management Report per year
- Balance de Gestión Integral 2013 PDF (2,7 Mb
- Balance de Gestión Integral 2012 PDF (3,9 Mb)
- Balance de Gestión Integral 2011 PDF (3,8 Mb)
- Balance de Gestión Integral 2010 PDF (491 Kb)
- Balance de Gestión Integral 2009 PDF (550 Kb)
Gasto en publicidad y difusión
Chile has chosen an open, competitive and free-trade oriented that is subject to international regulations and a trade policy compatible with efficiency and efficacy in macroeconomic management. Our strategy is focused in an open regionalism that integrates unilateral openness, multilateral negotiations and bilateral agreement negotiations. Chile follows a low-tariff policy – currently 6%. In the multilateral aspect, Chile keeps an active role in the World Trade Organization (WTO), APEC and in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among others. In connection to openings performed bilaterally, over the last 20 years Chile has become a party of 23 trade agreements with 61 countries reaching approximately 90% of our foreign trade.
In out trade negotiations we aspire to get comprehensive agreements, solid disciplines, and problem-solution mechanisms; all in accordance with the World Trade Organization. We understand that these agreements, especially with the most important markets in the world, are essential to have equal o better conditions as our competitors, to consolidate the access, and to ensure clear and stable rules. Chile’s experience shows a positive connection between exporters and economic growth, between trade agreements and the exporting dynamic.
Different Government agencies and Ministries work closely coordinated in their areas of expertise to help DIRECON. The most important of such work is the Interministry Committee of International Economic Relations. Chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his group is integrated by the Ministry of Treasury, Economy, Agriculture and the General Secretariat of the Presidency. The Committee’s Technical Secretariat position is vested on the General Manager of DIRECON. Likewise, in order to listen and greet the interests of the involved parties, DIRECON permanently consults with the National Congress, the private sector, trade union organizations, and civil society in general.
Agreement Administration and Implementation
Our country has consistently widened the number and reach of the subscribed trade agreements. Thus, the Free Trade Agreements have incorporated new and complex dimensions of international trade such as Services Trade, Investments, Intellectual Property, Trade Technical Regulations, among others.
The growing number of trade agreements subscribed by Chile has generated a new dynamic in bilateral trade relationships, so we have improved the implementation and administration function of this important trade agreement network.
Implementation and administration are processes that involve a series of immediate and permanent actions such as the full enforcement of trade agreements, monitoring the compliance of reciprocal commitments, constant administration to accomplish an effective operation of its institutional structure, and maximize the use of new opportunities arising from new agreements.
This function also demands an effective transversal coordination with all the parties, the public sector, the legislative power, the business sector and the civil society. Ultimately, the implementation and administration of trade agreements is a public policy that demands the participation of several Ministries.
The Government promotes the growth of the exporting sector facilitating its decentralization, promoting its regional development and a larger diversification, using the space offered by new agreements and incentive programs. One of the goals is to gradually incorporate indirect and service’s exporters in the export promotion, and a larger and more stable presence of PYMES (medium and small-sized companies) in the field by incorporating them in a technological modernization and social process.
We are looking to complement the trading openness with measures oriented to promote out competitiveness, stimulating untraditional exports. To do so, we are coordinating our promotion and negotiation efforts with tasks performed by other public agencies of productive promotion like CORFO (Chile Economic Development Agency) and Fundación Imagen País* (Country Image Foundation). Specifically, we are interested in increasing the number of products, companies and export markets; strengthen the steps between exports and the rest of the productive chain; and generate a tight connection among exports, investments and new technologies.