The proposal leaves the other 47% of the goods pending for future rounds of negotiations.
China’s offer will be released today.
The Prensa Libre website published: "The head of trade negotiations, Fernando Ocampo, acknowledged that this is part of the discussion strategy, but we must be realistic and know that the offer is very conservative and that the Asians would ask for a little more."
The country would request excluding products from the Free Trade Agreement only in very justifiable cases.
Local industrialists requested to exclude products which already have no tariff and are not produced in the country. In response, Commerce Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz argued that it's very complicated to explain the Chinese as to why such exclusions.
From today through Wednesday the meeting will be held in San Jose, and will be the first encounter to define the action plan that will be followed.
Elfinancierocr.com reports: "The chief negotiator for Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, explained that 9 groups will meet to discuss the main topics of the negotiation, including, rules of origin, market access, commercial defense, sanitation and phytosanitary measures, services and investment, conflict resolution and intellectual property and the promotion of trade relations.
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