Canada wants to revive trade talks with Central America, minister says
Canada is interested in renewing talks on a free trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the Canadian foreign and trade secretary, Helena Guergis, said in a newspaper interview.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Asked about Canadian trade with Guatemala, Guergis said it continues to grow. Last year, trade between the two countries reached US$353 million, she added. The balance, however, favored Guatemala, whose exports to Canada came to US$221.6 million.
The country has decided to move forward in the negotiation process for a Free Trade Agreement with Canada.
The plan is to strengthen trade relations with Nicaragua and negotiate a trade agreement with the group composed of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
On April 27, the countries will have a coordination round where the guidelines and schedule for restarting the negotiations will be established.
Canada continues its commitment to conclude the FTA with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (the CA-4)
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