An agreement between parliamentarians has pushed forward the ratification process, which was stuck due to the resistance of the sugar industry.
"The treaty affected the sugar business, which is the reasons why the agreement could not be approved," said one of the congressmen who requested anonymity.
An article in Prensalibre.com reports that "With 113 votes in favor, the Free Trade Agreement with Peru was approved, having been postponed since the last special session, due to the fact that there was an attempt to approve it as a matter of national emergency with less votes than required by law. "
Exports did not grow during 2012, and the industry is appealing to Congress to ratify various pending trade agreements.
"It is important to speed up in Congress the ratification of trade agreements", said the president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), Francisco Menendez.
According to an article published in Prensalibre.com, 2012 did not see good figures for sales abroad, reporting $10.36 billion for the year just ended, which is 1% less than the achievements of 2011 which reported $10.46 billion.
Producers from the Guatemalan sugar industry have not accepted the Peruvian proposal.
Although the Guatemalan government has said that agreements have been approved by Peruvian authorities, representatives from the sugar industry indicate that negotiations related to this topic are not over yet.
More than 5000 Guatemalan products will enter the Andean country duty free.
The fifth round of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement between the representatives of both governments concluded with the definition of a list of products to be exported duty free to Peru. Sugar cane and coffee are excluded.
Products that will have preferential access are: textiles, clothing, refrigerators, candy, chocolates, paints, soaps, medicines, cosmetics, fruit, vegetables, jellies and rubber.
The industry considers that the signing of a free trade agreement (TLC in Spanish) with Peru would not generate good business opportunities.
In negotiations this week sensitive issues, which for Guatemala means agricultural products, will be discussed .
"The executive director of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro), Carla Caballeros, specified that there is no interest from the agricultural sector in participating in the negotiations, because it is not an attractive market, and that suggesting that it is seems to go against the country's interest", explains a Siglo XXI.com article.
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