Sky airline announced that it will reactivate all of its national routes under the respective health protocols, while trips to Brazil and Peru will be added in October. According to the company, this decision comes after the Health authorities allowed interregional flights from today between those communes that are in phase 3, 4 and 5 of the "Step by step" plan. The airline is currently flying to a total of 12 regions in Chile.
Chile & the European Union (EU) have launched paperless phytosanitary certifications, streamlining the process of exporting products to one of its biggest agricultural markets. Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service already operates electronically with Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Sri Lanka and the U.S. This has resulted electronic phytosanitary certification representing around 70% of total annual phytosanitary certification. The sanitary certification systems in Chile and countries in the EU will be connected in September using a paperless system covering all movements of plant based products.
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) signed a joint investment accord with domestic partners for a Chilean energy project to build two solar power plants, 6.6MW and 6.4MW each in Guadalupe and María Pinto, and operate them for 25 years. Construction will begin this year for completion in 2021.
Acciona SA has started building the 238-MWp Malgarida I and II solar photovoltaic (PV) complex in Chile. The company is set to invest $170 million in what will be its seventh renewable energy project in Chile. Scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2021, the Malgarida complex will be capable of generating some 654 GWh of power annually, while avoiding the emission of 512.000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
Chinese technology giant, Huawei, announced it will open a second data centre in Chile at the end of the year to support technological development and promote the South American country as a digital hub in Latin America. Huawei's new data centre will be located in the metropolitan region of capital Santiago and will be operational by the end of 2020.
Chile decided not to sign the Escazú Agreement, which guarantees the protection of environmental rights in Latin America, despite being one of its promoters together with Costa Rica. According to Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand, “The agreement exposes the country to the contingency of international demands for environmental reasons, which from our point of view, particularly considering the terms of this treaty, implies a serious impact on sovereignty in matters that are fundamental for development.”
Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study will be one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
The President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, and his Colombian counterpart, Ivan Duque, announced their adhesion to the COVAX Facility platform, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Alliance for Vaccination (GAVI) to distribute the coronavirus vaccine. The Chilean President explained that this agreement will allow them to obtain a total of eight million doses of the vaccine once it has been validated by the WHO.
With the COVID-19 pandemic having greater impacted the Chinese fruit market this year, importers say they are cautious ahead of the key Chilean summer fruit season. According to Wenpo Lui, Chairman of Run Fu Yuan Trading Co. Ltd. and Cherry King of Beijing Xin Fa Di Market, the incomes of many Chinese consumers has declined, and as a result their purchasing power may decrease. Under this circumstance, it is difficult for Chilean cherries to sell at a higher price in the Chinese market and is highly probable that the sales volume will be lower.
India’s Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd has signed a contract to deliver a 106.71-MW solar project in Chile. The solar EPC major said the $62.6 million contract was awarded by a global independent power producer. Sterling and Wilson expects to begin work in the fourth quarter of 2021.