Ministers to meet to discuss banana export strategies
Agriculture ministers from Central America, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will meet in Panama Aug. 21-22 to discuss banana exports.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The meeting is an effort to reactivate the Union of Banana Exporting Countries and the creation of mechanisms of agricultural cooperation.
The Union of Banana Exporting Countries, which has been moribund since 2002, is being revived, according to Guillermo Salazar, Panama's minister for agricultural development.
The signing of the Multiparty Trade Agreement between Ecuador and the European Union will allow the South American country to export bananas with better tariffs.
A government project to be developed with the producers union aims to improve the positioning of Dominican bananas in the international market.
Of the major producers in the region, Nicaragua was the most affected, having exported 64% less in the first four months of the harvest.
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