FTA negotiations between Panama and Mexico restarted

The Foreign Ministers of Panama and Mexico agreed to restart conversations geared towards fiscal agreements that will allow for the resumption of the FTA negotiations.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"There was an understanding that the technical teams will have to meet regarding the new proposals that the (Mexican) secretary of Finance has sent to Panama," said the Mexican Minister to Notimex, after a bilateral meeting with Lewis Navarro.

Both officials held bilateral talks while attending the "Walking towards prosperity in the Americas" meeting which, Wednesday, brought together ministers from 14 countries in the Americas.

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Panama-Mexico FTA Moves Forward

September 2013

The second round of negotiations was described as "a breakthrough" by the Panamanian Minister Ricardo Quijano.

The chief of the Ministry of Trade and Industry said that "during the meeting, held in Mexico from 17th to 20th September, it was possible to advance the discussion and review various topics, including those related to finances and state purchases" , reported laestrella.com.pa.

Talks Resumed for Panama-Mexico FTA

July 2013

Panama's aspiration to join, as a full member, the Pacific Alliance has led to the resumption of negotiations which were interrupted in 2003.

The two nations have the first round of negotiations scheduled for 27 July in Panama City.

Prensa.com reports: "Although in 2003 the negotiations for an FTA were suspended because of differences over tax issues when the talks were 80% advanced, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, said that the process "will start from scratch".

Mexico Negotiates FTA with Panama

May 2013

Both nations will begin negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement as a step towards the incorporation of Panama into the Pacific Alliance.

From a press release by the Ministry of Economy of Mexico:

The governments of the United States of Mexico and the Republic of Panama have formally announced the decision to start negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement.

Negotiations Start for Panama-Mexico FTA

March 2013

Besides the interest in developing exchanges of goods and services, Mexico intends, with this agreement, to consolidate its leadership in the Pacific Alliance.

It is expected that in April, a negotiating team from Panama will arrive in Mexico, in order to start a first round of negotiations on route to signing of a Free Trade Agreement, which will not only increase the exchange of goods and services between the two countries, but will also allow greater integration in Latin America and strengthen Mexico's leadership as head of the Pacific Alliance.

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