C.A. Entrepreneurs Urge to Accelerate Integration

Seasoned in negotiations with Europe, Central American employers are demanding to political sectors to accelerate the process for the economic integration of the isthmus.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


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50 years after the signing of the General Treaty of Central American Integration, over 40 million people living in the region still do not enjoy the economic benefits and development opportunities that could effectively be consolidated if Central America would act as a single economic unit, much like the European Union.

While businesses are doing their share, proof of it is the fact that out of total exports of Central American countries half is intra-regional trade; but the political sector is not progressing at the same pace, slowing down the integration process.



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