Costa Rica: Lobbying in Favor of Pacific Alliance

While President Solis prepares to attend the summit in Chile without having a definite position, nine private unions have formed a Business Council to promote adhesion to the trade bloc.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica explains that "... this mechanism of coordination of efforts between private sector entities will promote the Pacific Alliance within the business community and maintain an open and continuous dialogue with the Government and with political organizations and representatives of civil society, in order to present and submit recommendations and suggestions for the proper conduct of the process of integration and economic and trade cooperation between Costa Rica and the other countries who are members of the Pacific Alliance. "

See: "Costa Rica Still Not Decided on Pacific Alliance"

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica:

San Jose, Costa Rica, June 22, 2016. Nine Costa Rican private sector organizations today formed the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance (CEAP), Chapter Costa Rica, in order to promote the incorporation of the country into that integration mechanism currently made up of Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru.

The CEAP-Costa Rica believes it is important that the country be part of this integration area which seeks a gradual advancement of the free movement of goods, services, capital, people and economy.
This mechanism of coordination of efforts between entities in the private sector is also convinced that it is possible to achieve a proper equilibrium and a balanced negotiation with this bloc of nations, addressing the opportunities but also the sensitivities of the national productive sector. 

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Discussion forums, advertising and meetings with businesses are part of the efforts that the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance intends to do in Costa Rica.

Arguing that lack of information about the benefits of an eventual accession to the trade bloc is the main reason behind the opposition of some companies, members of the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance (CEAP) announced a plan to promote more, and in a better way, the consequences of joining the Alliance.

Costa Rica: Agro Industry Against Pacific Alliance

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The agricultural union is upholding its position against entering the block and has unlinked itself from the group consisting of other business chambers which is lobbying for accession. reports that "... 'The agricultural sector grouped in the National Agricultural Alliance (ANA) sent a letter to President Luis Guillermo Solís in which it expressed opposition to the entry of Costa Rica into the Pacific Alliance. "

Costa Rica: Yes and No to Pacific Alliance

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Within the Economic Council of Government Luis Guillermo Solís' ministers are divided with some favoring openness to international trade, and others wanting to protect vulnerable sectors.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade, which is in favor of accession, argues that there are free trade agreements with member countries of the Alliance, meaning that they would only be strengthening commercial ties.

Panama and Costa Rica in the Pacific Alliance

March 2012

Costa Rica has been admitted as an observer, while Panama, which already had that status, now wants to become a full member of the group, which currently consists of Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

The Pacific Alliance is a trading bloc comprising four Latin American countries: Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, which aims to encourage regional integration and increased growth, development and competitiveness of the economies of those countries through a commitment to moving progressively towards the goal of achieving free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

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