Panama Resumes FTA Talks with Colombia

Government authorities traveled to Colombia with the objective of resuming FTA negotiations.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The negotiations had been suspended back in October due to lack of consensus on issues like access to agricultural and non agricultural markets and customs procedures, among others.

"Chief negotiators, Francisco Alvarez de Soto of Panama and Santiago Pardo of Colombia, have expressed confidence that negotiations will resume with renewed perspectives and will progress on pending issues in order to finalize the agreement," reports the article in Laestrella.com.pa.

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Panama and Colombia Restart FTA Talks

February 2013

From 11 to 15 March 2013 the two countries will resume trade agreement negotiations in a sixth round to be held in Medellin.

Capital.com.pa reports that "the Minister of Trade and Industry (MITI), Ricardo Quijano, formally announced the relaunch of trade negotiations between the Republic of Panama and the Republic of Colombia, which have been suspended since October 2010, during the V round of negotiations, held here. "

Panama and Colombia FTA Talks Resume

May 2013

Although the subject of the Colon Free Zone remains an obstacle, next Tuesday will see the start of the seventh round of negotiations on the free trade agreement between the two countries.

Panama's interest in joining the Pacific Alliance forces it to close a FTA with each of its members, including Colombia.

FTA Colombia – Panama to Take Longer than Expected

June 2010

At least two or three additional negotiation rounds will be necessary to close the Free Trade Agreement between the countries.

In addition to the core topic of “what, how much and how” to remove tariffs between both countries, there will be tough discussions regarding rules of origin, labeling and customs regulations.

Panama's Reasons and Colombia's Reasons for the FTA

March 2013

The lack of agreement in the sixth round of negotiations shows how difficult it will be, especially in terms of exports from the Colon Free Zone.

The sixth round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Panama and Colombia in Medellin, closed last Friday without any agreement being reached, therefore each country will now consider the proposals line by line and take its position to the next round be held in late May in Panama.

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