El Salvador and Cuba Negotiate Trade Agreement

From March 8 through March 10, Salvadoran negotiators are meeting with their Cuban peers in Havana.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The meetings are in response to interest shown by Salvadoran exporters, who already export to Cuba, to create a permanent framework that will facilitate and increase trade with Cuba.

According to Director of Trade Policy, Carlos Brown, a partial agreement is expected within three rounds of negotiations, which is what is scheduled now.

Discussed at these meetings was promotion and cooperation between the two nations, as well as to promote technology transfer from Cuba to El Salvador, said Moreno.

He said some of the topics addressed during meetings are: Market Access, Rules of Origin, Dispute Settlement, Sanitary and Health Certifications, among others.

Currently El Salvador exports to Cuba goods such as medicines, syringes, serums, paper, cardboard, needles and sleep mattresses, to name a few.

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