Discrepancies in FTA with Canada

The region has unified its decision to exclude from the text possible economic sanctions to be applied for labor law violations.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Raúl Trejo Esquivel, Guatemala's Vice-minister for the Economy, indicated that Canada would like them included while the CA-4 (composed of Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras) proposal is to develop supporting policies to improve the application of the region's labor laws.

Rolando Figueroa Pérez, labor consultant to the private sector, told Prensalibre.com that, "at the beginning of discussions the situation was different but Canadian negotiators changed their position towards one similar to that agreed with the USA".

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FTA Negotiations with Canada to Restart in September

August 2010

Guatemala is coordinating schedules in order to resume free trade negotiations between Canada and the CA-4 countries.

Raúl Trejo, vice-minister for Guatemalan trade, indicated that coordination meetings have already been held in El Salvador to agree a schedule for the twelfth round of negotiations.

Guatemala Keen on Retaking Canada FTA

September 2009

The country has decided to move forward in the negotiation process for a Free Trade Agreement with Canada.

They requested the participation of Nicaragua and El Salvador, while Honduras could join the process later, said David Cristiani, Commerce vice minister.

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FTA talks between Canada and CA-4 resume

December 2008

The round of talks will be held on February 23 - 27 2009, the Salvadoran Minister of Economy said on Monday

According to Minister Ricardo Esmahan, the four Central American countries will hold coordination talks to unify positions before going to the negotiating table. The dates and places are yet to be established.

Study on FTA between Canada and CA-4 continues

November 2008

Canada continues its commitment to conclude the FTA with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (the CA-4)

According to Canadian Embassy officials, both sides agreed to meet in the near future.

Ruben Morales, Guatemala's Vice Minister of Foreign Trade commented that consultation of the private sector will commence on Thursday the 13th.

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