Panama and Canada in preliminary free-trade talks

Panama and Canada are to hold a second round of exploratory talks with a view to signing a free trade agreement, the Panamanian negotiator Leroy Sheffer said.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A group of 10 Canadian legislators are holding preliminary meetings in Panama this week following an early get-together with their Panamanian counterparts in Ottawa.

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Panama prepares to negotiate FTA with Canada

September 2008

The Government of Panama started consultations with the national productive sector, prior to the upcoming formal launch of the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Canada.

The consultations will help to establish a negotiation strategy and will have the participation of representatives form the Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida), the Institute of Agricultural Marketing (Ima) and the Public Services Authority (Asep), and others, a release from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Mici) of Panama indicated.

Panama - Canada round of negotiations begin

October 2008

The first round of negotiations will take place in Ottawa from October 27 - 31, said a spokesperson for MICI.

During this first encounter, negotiators will go over topics such as the trade policies of both countries, market access, social corporate responsibility, public contracts, services and investment, cooperation and the strengthening of environmental policies, the source explained.

Third round of Free Trade talks between Canada and Panama concludes

January 2009

Important progress was made in negotiations for goods and access of service providers and investors of both countries.

According to Panama's chief negotiator, Leroy Sheffer said they covered topics that defined the origins of products such as whole grain and instant coffee, oils, fuels, and processed tomatoes to meet industry standard.

Panama and Canada continue to explore possible FTA

August 2008

In 2007 Canada was the tenth most frequent user of the Panama Canal and that same year bilateral trade reached 115 million dollars.

"This agreement is an important step in creating a strong economic partnership between our two countries," said the Minister of Trade of Canada, Michael Fortier, during a luncheon with members of the Canadian business community at the Miraflores visitors' center.

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