Pacific Alliance Worries Industrial Sector in Costa Rica

The Chamber of Industry perceives an "unusual secrecy" in progress toward an agreement that may seriously compromise the competitiveness of the sector.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) has asked the Government to explain the scope of commitments made with the signing of the adherence to the Pacific Alliance.

From a press release issued by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica:

The Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) reacted with surprise upon learning through the national press of the signing of the Declaration on the Accession of Costa Rica to the Pacific Alliance.
For industrialists, it is of great interest to know the extent of adherence to this block, since many industrial companies have significant sensitivities with respect to certain member countries in the Pacific Alliance, which were discussed with the authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Trade during the recent processes of negotiating FTAs with Peru and Colombia.

Representatives from the industrial sector point out that on 22 October last year, a letter was sent to the office of the Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel González, requesting explanations about this process, information which was denied and the letter was not even answered.



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