Guatemala Keen on Retaking Canada FTA

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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

"Cristiani ... expects to conclude talks with Canada this year, a process that stalled in 2004 ... due to commercial issues (specially sugar) and labor and environmental regulations", reports newspaper Elperiodico.com.gt.

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Canada - Honduras FTA Negotiations Finalized

July 2011

Honduras has concluded the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Canada, as announced by Secretary of Commerce.

Sensitive issues for Canada like the inclusion of the pork and the beef cuts have been resolved.

"According to the report from the Secretary of Industry and Commerce (SIC), Francisco Zelaya, this treaty will open the market for exports of traditional and non traditional products.

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.

Restart of FTA Negotiations Between Canada and CA-4

April 2009

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).

Canada wants to revive trade talks with Central America, minister says

July 2008

Canada is interested in renewing talks on a free trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the Canadian foreign and trade secretary, Helena Guergis, said in a newspaper interview.

Asked about Canadian trade with Guatemala, Guergis said it continues to grow.

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