The analysis argues that the political objectives of the conventional Bi-regional Association need to be renewed, especially the notion of “sustainable development”. The purpose of the bi-regional strategic partnership pursued since the Rio de Janeiro Summit in 1999 now needs to be revised, especially in light of proposals that challenge the conventional notion of development. From the point of view of the alternatives, it is essential to create a new mobilising narrative, which ultimately will also be cost effective in terms of political and economic stability, poverty reduction and care for nature. But for all this to happen, all the stakeholders must carry out a comprehensive evaluation.
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