A country can not depend only on raw materials, in the case of Chile, copper, and in the case of Ecuador, oil. The conclusion is not new but it is for the sectors that must take responsibility to generate more revenues for the countries, one of them is aquaculture. The trend is that entrepreneurs and even artisanal fishermen diversify the products, without abandoning their main activity. This is part of the conclusion reached at the workshop Interchange of Experiences in the Development of Aquaculture, an event held in Guayaquil with Chilean and Ecuadorian experts.
Ecuador boasted of the incentives given through the Organic Code of Production, Trade, and Investment. The adviser of the Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitiveness Marco Moya showed the discounts made in matters of tax collection. While Adolfo Alvial, manager for the Los Lagos region, of the Corporation for the Promotion of Production, stressed that Chile is seeking to directly support artisanal fishermen.
Alvial stressed that Chile seeks to diversify and sophisticate the economy beyond raw materials, such as copper or fruits. It is also considered that salmon is a commodity, therefore, Chile seeks to go further.
Chile is growing at lower rates for supporting its economy only in raw materials (1.5%). Before, growth was 6%, “and that has nothing to do with a government, the economy fulfilled a cycle. Our economy was based on commodities and if it is not diversified, the economy breaks down,” explained Alviel.
He added that Chile has an agenda to increase its productivity, competitiveness, and diversification, and that is why aquaculture is one of the strategic sectors of his country. Salmon, mussel, and seaweed will be given an added value (I).