FTA Negotiations with Canada to Restart in September

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

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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.

It expected that the negotiations, which began in 2002 but were suspended in 2004, will be concluded this year.

The CA-4 countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras y Nicaragua) hope, “to find a balance with Canada on sensitive issues such as sugar, dairy products, beef and pork,” Trejo told Elperiodico.com.gt.

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On April 27, the countries will have a coordination round where the guidelines and schedule for restarting the negotiations will be established.

The meeting seeks to restart talks for a Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the CA-4 countries (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras).

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The meeting will be next Friday and will be presided by the negotiators of the countries of the CA-4 (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras) and Canada.

The Minister of Commerce of Honduras, Fredy Cerrato, informed El Sendero del Peje: "As the Minister of Commerce, I have given instructions to our negotiators that Honduras wants concluded the negotiations with Canada in May, at the latest.

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