Negotiation teams from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Peru are participating. Guatemala and Nicaragua have decided not to join current negotiations, but an accession clause will be included in case they want to join later.
Leticia Vindas in her article in Elfinancierocr.com reports, "During this first meeting, the discussion will focus on regulatory issues for market access, origin regulations, customs procedures, trade technical barriers, sanitary and health certificates, trade protection, competition policy, trade services, investment, intellectual property, government purchases and settlements disputes.”
On November 12th, in the Peruvian capital, the parties concluded the first round of negotiations for an FTA between Peru and the region.
At this first meeting, considered a success, progress was made on items like "Market Access for Goods, Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Customs Cooperation Sanitary and Health Measures, Technical Barriers for Trade, Commercial Defense, Competition Policy, Services, Investment, Intellectual Property, Public Purchases, Corporate Affairs and Conflict Resolution," reported Laestrella.com.pa.
As a prelude for such negotiations, a trade mission composed by Peruvian authorities and businessmen will tour the region.
The group will visit El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Peruvian Embassy in El Salvador informed: "The objective of this visit is to resume Free Trade Agreement talks, which were started in 2008. Negotiations could begin in the first half of 2010", reported newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.
At the end of the round chapters were closed on Sanitary and Health Certifications, Investment, Services and Customs Procedures.
Subjects discussed were policy issues related to market access for goods, rules of origin, customs procedures, customs cooperation, sanitary and health certifications, investment, services, temporary visas for businessmen, intellectual property and government purchases.
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