Third Round of Panama - Colombia FTA

From today until 6 August the third round of FTA negotiations will be held in Panama City.

Monday, August 2, 2010


The first round of negotiations, held in the Panamanian capital, will cover rules of origin, technical obstacles to commerce, environment, investment, telecommunications and health measures.

An article in reports that "the Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Roberto Henríquez, expects 'important developments in this round, as both sides are committed to finish the process satisfactorily'".

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First Round for Panama-Colombia FTA

March 2010

Delegations from both countries started the first negotiation round for a Free Trade Agreement in Panama.

It will extend until Friday, and the next one will take place in Colombia between April 12 and 16.

Francisco Álvarez de Soto, Panamanian vice minister for international negotiations, refused to comment on the progress of the first round.

Panama Suspends FTA Talks with Colombia

October 2010

The Panamanian Government considered conditions do not allow an agreement at this time.

During the fifth round of trade negotiations the Vice Minister of Commercial Negotiations of Panama, Francisco Alvarez de Soto, said that "The Government made the decision to communicate to our colleagues in Colombia that we consider appropriate and relevant at the moment, to suspend the process."

Colombia Includes Maritime Services in Panama FTA

March 2010

In the first negotiation round, Colombia included maritime services as one of the items to negotiate for the Free Trade Agreement.

Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Panama’s Commerce Negotiations vice minister, highlighted the advantages this could represent for Panama, as sea trade is one of the economic pillars of the country.

FTA Panama-Colombia Negotiations in March

February 2010

The first negotiation round for a Free Trade Agreement between both countries will take place in the Panamanian capital, between March 15 and 19.

This was reported by Colombia’s Commerce Minister, Luis Guillermo Plata, who added that a second round has already been scheduled for April 12-16 in Bogotá.

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