Guatemala presents 2011 Trade Agenda

Priorities include the ratification of the agreement with the EU, negotiations with Peru and homologation of the text of the treaty with Mexico.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The finance ministry presented the agenda´s to the National Council for the Promotion of Exports (CONAPEX).

The agenda also includes negotiations of a partial agreement with Ecuador as well as negotiations with Korea.

Erick Coyoy, Minister of Economy and Chairman of CONAPEX, told, "We will also seek to review the FTA with the United States."

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