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
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.
The problematic attempts by the European Union to reach trade agreements with Mercosur and CAN are bad precedents.
The Government of Honduras is studying "what type of accord" they can offer Brazil; they have proposed a FTA with Peru and a Partial Reach Agreement with Ecuador.
Delegates from Mercosur and the Central American Integration System (SICA) agreed yesterday to start face to face negotiations about a wide ranging political, commercial and cooperation accord.
The Costa Rican government looks forward to start negotiations in 2009 for Free Trade Agreements with China and Mercosur
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