China and Costa Rica to begin FTA negotiations
Presidents Hu Jintao and Oscar Arias signed 11 agreements for cooperation in trade, economy, finance, energy, education and technology.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The visiting Chinese president praised the rapid development of China-Costa Rica relations on November 17 and promised to make an effort to increase bilateral cooperation in several areas.
This week the program for informing business owners and other private organizations about the future of the FTA begins as a part of the preliminary stage before starting the negotiations.
Chilean experts are giving support to Costa Rican authorities to prepare for the FTA that the Government plans to begin negotiating with China in less than six months.
Costa Rica hopes use the FTA with China to capture production investment from Chinese companies which will export their products throughout Central America
In this round both parties expect to close a number of chapters, including national treatment, food health measures, intellectual property and cooperation.
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