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Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism

The Economy Ministry’s mission is to promote the modernization and competitiveness of Chile’s industrial structure; private initiative and market efficiency; innovation, and the further insertion of Chile’s economy into the international market. Its object is to achieve sustained, sustainable and equitable growth through the formulation of policies, programs and instruments that facilitate Chile's industrial activities, businesses and the Chilean and foreign public and private institutions that are related to the country’s industrial and technological development.

Lucas Palacios

ECONOMY, DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM MINISTER

Mr. Palacios has a Degree in Business from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. He holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies with a specialization in Economics from the Universidad de Salamanca.

During President Piñera’s first term, he was the advisor for the Budget Department, and was later appointed Public Works Undersecretary.

Mr. Palacios is an active member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente party. His experience in the public sector includes serving as city councilor in the Puente Alto district, an executive role in the Association of Municipalities of the Precordillera area and the Jóvenes al Servicio de Chile (Youth at the Service of Chile) program of nonprofit Fundación Jaime Guzmán.

Mr. Palacios is married and has four children.

José Luis Uriarte

Tourism Undersecretary

Mr. Uriarte is an attorney with a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes and a master’s degree in Public Policies from Universidad del Desarrollo. 

With almost 20 years of experience, he is known for his distinguished work in the public sphere where he has served as chief of advisors in the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, as well as territorial leader for the Ministry of Public Works, and national director of SERCOTEC (Technical Cooperation Service).

In 2014, he served as secretary general of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism, defining new work strategies to support the sector.

Julio Pertuzé

ECONOMY AND SMALL BUSINESS UNDERSECRETARY

Mr. Pertuzé holds a degree in Civil Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a doctorate in Systems Engineering and a master’s degree in Technology and Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During President Sebastián Piñera’s second term, he served as Chief of the Economy of the Future Unit at the Economy, Development and Tourism Ministry.

Alicia Gallardo

Subsecretaria de Pesca

Médico veterinario con doctorado de la Universidad de Chile.

Posee una destacada trayectoria en el Servicio Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura (Sernapesca), donde fue Subdirectora de Acuicultura de la entidad. Además, es vicepresidenta de la Comisión de Estándares de los Animales Acuáticos de la Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OIE).

Hasta su nombramiento se desempeñaba como Directora Nacional del Servicio Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura.