Costa Rica Wants to Include Services in FTA with Canada

The Costa Rican government will try a second time to renegotiate the terms of the free trade agreement with Canada to include services in the list of sectors with preferences.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The FTA was signed 12 years ago, therefore the government of Costa Rica considers it necessary to revise and update it with the idea of ​​emulating the models of recent agreements made with Europe and other countries.

The Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora told that "... The service sector is not included, therefore a process of change is necessary, although there are no dates. For this reason the aim is to consult internally in the country, with the productive sector, and then address the issue in Canada. "

Mora added that "... The agreement is limited in scope and these treaties should change as time passes. He added that their North American peers recognize the need. "

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