Central America - Japan Trade Agreement

Through the SICA countries in the region are assessing the possibility of negotiating a free trade agreement with the Asian nation.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The announcement was made by Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, during the II Business Forum between the region and Japan, which included the participation of companies and government representatives from both countries.

The president explained that "... Consultation has been undertaken ​​to start negotiations for a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) with Japan, which has been an ally of SICA. "

"... Parliamentary Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Takashi Uto, recalled that the forum coincides with the 80th anniversary of relations between his country and Central America and one year of the SICA-Japan Friendship. Uto highlighted as attractions of the region advancing regional integration and mentioned, among other things, the development of the electricity interconnection and boosting the customs union. "

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A meeting of the CA-4 has been proposed in order to re-start negotiations on an agreement with the North American nation.

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