SICA and MERCOSUR begin FTA process

The date to start the negotiation process for a Free Association Agreement between both regions will be September 9 and 10 in Brasilia.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


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The Guatemalan vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Trinidad, pointed out that there is "an interest in the (Central American) region that the negotiation between SICA and MERCOSUR not be just another Free Trade Agreement, but a more integral agreement that contemplates other types of alliances.

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