Virtual Round With Singapore Finishes

Progress was made in access to markets and rules of origin, topics of great importance to define the specific goods each side will offer.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The II Negotiation Round for the Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and Singapore concluded yesterday, after six days of video conferences. The delegations from both countries made important advances towards a normative text, as their work was based on proposals and reactions exchanged by electronic means in the weeks prior to this round.

There was progress in topics like State Purchases, Commercial Defense, Intellectual Property, Sanitary and Phitosanitary Measures, Technical Obstacles to Trade, and others. This left few pending topics, which could be defined during the next round in Singapore.

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