The meeting will be next Friday and will be presided by the negotiators of the countries of the CA-4 (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras) and Canada.
The Minister of Commerce of Honduras, Fredy Cerrato, informed El Sendero del Peje: "As the Minister of Commerce, I have given instructions to our negotiators that Honduras wants concluded the negotiations with Canada in May, at the latest. The sensitive issues for Central America are sugar, textiles, beef and hog since Canada is a producer of meat that produces at lower costs than Hondurans."
Canada is interested in renewing talks on a free trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the Canadian foreign and trade secretary, Helena Guergis, said in a newspaper interview.
Asked about Canadian trade with Guatemala, Guergis said it continues to grow. Last year, trade between the two countries reached US$353 million, she added.
Honduras has concluded the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Canada, as announced by Secretary of Commerce.
Sensitive issues for Canada like the inclusion of the pork and the beef cuts have been resolved.
"According to the report from the Secretary of Industry and Commerce (SIC), Francisco Zelaya, this treaty will open the market for exports of traditional and non traditional products. In addition, it will boost investment, mainly in the Textiles and Clothing sector.
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