Uruguay and Costa Rica Agree on Cooperation

The limitations imposed by its larger partners in Mercosur prevent Uruguay from progressing toward an FTA.

Friday, April 24, 2009

In this context, what was left was to sign a series of cooperation agreements in the areas of trade, postal services, education and technology.

Presidents Oscar Arias and Tabaré Vásquez announced the creation of a Uruguay-Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce "which will help expand trade between both nations."

On the subject of education, according to an article in Elfinanciero.com "the Costa Rican INCAE and Uruguayan ISEDE will conduct joint academic, teaching, research, dissemination and service extension training programs in all the areas of mutual interest."

In the technology area, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and. ..

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Costa Rica and Panama Sign Association Agreement

October 2009

Both countries seek to improve bilateral relationships with this agreement, which comprises trade and cooperation topics.

The presidents of both countries are expected to sign it in Oscar Arias' official visit to Panama.

"Before the presidential encounter, chancellors from the two countries will preside the III Meeting of the Political Consultation Mechanism, in order to review political, commercial, cooperation, customs and transportation issues", reported Univision.com.

Costa Rica and Canada to Review FTA

June 2009

The Countries consider that it is opportune to review the scope of the FTA in order to expand it into different areas.

Issues such as market services, new product exchanges and investment will be analyzed, looking to improve and expand the offerings available.

Karina Alpízar Corella reported statements by Canadian Chancellor, Peter Kent: "Canadian companies take pains to invest in projects that promote social development, are in sync with the environment and that especially follow the legal framework and guidelines of each country. The Chancellor said that his country has increased investment to such an extent that there are about $100 million on the American continent and our country is no exception. Specifically, the Canadian firm Cambior Project and Construction Group are working hand in hand with Industrias Infinito SA. They are working in Las Crucitas mining project with an investment of about $50 million."

Uruguayan President Visits Costa Rica

April 2009

President Tabaré Vásquez will be accompanied by Uruguayan entrepreneurs who will engage in business conversations with their Costa Rican peers.

The Uruguayan president will arrive in Costa Rica on Wednesday, April 22, and the official meeting with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias will be on Thursday, when cooperation agreements will be signed.

Guatemala to press for accord with Mercosur

May 2008

Guatemala's Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas said that, at the Central American summit on May 29 in El Salvador, he intends to press for a commercial agreement with the South American common market, Mercosur.

Rodas said that President Alvaro Colom and the Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently agreed to kick-start the stalled trade talks between Central America and Mercosur.

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