Competitiveness First. Trade Agreements Later

The food industry of Costa Rica is opposed to the opening up of the domestic market for imports without first strengthening national competitiveness.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A statement from the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA) reads:

Food Industry requests putting the agenda for competitiveness before the signing of any more trade agreements

• Sector insists that the country lacks competitiveness to face trade agreements.

• Food imports grew from $542.6 to $783 million between 2008 and 2012.

December, 2012. In front of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the Legislative Assembly, the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry, CACIA, expressed concern at the rapid advance of the opening of the domestic market to imports, but without this situation being accompanied by a visible progress in competitiveness. This is the CACIA’s summary of the its position before the consultation of Deputies, prior to the approval or disapproval of an Association Agreement with the member countries of the European Union.

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