Costa Rica aims for FTA negotiations with China and Mercosur

The Costa Rican government looks forward to start negotiations in 2009 for Free Trade Agreements with China and Mercosur

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The FTA with Mercosur with be in conjunction with the other Central American countries, stated on Wednesday, from Brasilia, the International Trade minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz.
"We have just finished a a feasibility study with China, and we may announce a negotiation anytime soon", said the minister in an AFP interview.
"Also in 2009, at the end of the year, we might start negotiating a Mercosur - Central America agreement", the minister stated. Speaking about the FTA Mercosur - Central America he said: "i don't see it happening in the short term, because we are amidst several important negotiations in Central America" referring to the agreement the Region is trying to sign with the European Union.

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