Costa Rica: Agro Against Pacific Alliance

While the government makes further assessments over joining the bloc, the agribusiness sectors is emphasizing the negative consequences of any renegotiation over tariffs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Representatives from the agricultural sector argue that the country's entry into the Pacific Alliance will mean "... losing some of the conditions achieved in existing free trade agreements." Currently "... 72% of tariffs have been negotiated, and with the integration of this alliance 92% would enter" .

Juan Rafael Lizano, President of the Chamber of Agriculturalists, told that "... The topic relates to the possible entry of Costa Rica into the Pacific Alliance, farmers have been very firm and very adamant over our disagreement with this, given all negotiations we made with Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile would change completely. "

Meanwhile, Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, said "... We explained that this is a process that we received from the previous administration and we are working objectively, reviewing models and simulating things. " During a meeting between the government and the agricultural sector "... we sought to establish a commitment by the Executive Branch to open a process of continuous work with farmers and to analyze positions in order to reach an agreement to move toward the alliance. "

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