Its Time for a Customs Union

Now is the time to fulfill the clear mandate of the Presidents of the Central American Integration System for the establishment of a Customs Union in Central America.

Monday, February 2, 2015

From a statement issued by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Central America (FECAMCO):

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Central America (FECAMCO) held in San José, the transfer of chairmanship of this regional entity to the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica for the period 2015.

As a Federation we believe it is important that the Presidents of the Central American Integration System are taking up the agenda of a Customs Union in everything related to having trade facilitation in the region, which we consider of great value for promoting foreign and domestic investment, the latter driven mostly the involvement of MSMEs, which represent 85% of our membership and 90% of the economy of the Isthmus.

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