Latin American leaders urge regional trade

Latin American leaders vowed to boost trade and investment in the region to withstand a sharp economic downturn in the United States. «We have to learn to turn on our own motors,» Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the closing session of the two-day World Economic Forum on Latin America in Cancun.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica, and the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, also attended the two-day forum _ a spin-off of the yearly meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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Panama Confirmed to Host 2014 World Economic Forum

January 2013

Panama City will receive more than 600 presidents and business leaders at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum on Latin America in April 2014.

A press release from the Presidency of Panama reads:

Panama will officially become, in the month of April 2014, the host country of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum on Latin America which brings together more than 600 business people, plus industry leaders, said President Ricardo Martinelli on Wednesday Jan. 23 during his participation in the economic meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Panama to Host the 2014 World Economic Forum

September 2011

Ricardo Martinelli and the president of the World Economic Forum have agreed that Panama will be the site of the annual event in Latin America, when more than 1000 businesses from around the world will gather together.

A statement by the Presidency of Panama reads:

Panama has managed to attract interest from new U.S. investors and become the site of the World Economic Forum 2014.

How to Strengthen the Regional Integration Process

March 2011

Transporting a truckload from Guatemala to Costa Rica takes four days, when the journey could be completed in 30 hours.

The Business Committee for Customs Union launched a campaign to accelerate and complete the integration, attacking in particular mental and cultural barriers which persist in economic actors and in the general population.

Integration Held Back by Large Obstacles

November 2009

In spite of globalization driving various forms of private economic integration, there still remain custom and tariff barriers.

International commerce experts agree that in order to fully take advantage of the benefits of free trade agreements with extra-regional blocks, Central America must complete the economic integration process started on October 14, 1951.

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