Labor Commitments between the U.S. and Guatemala

On May 23 Guatemalan businessmen will be able to find out about the commitments made under the Mutual Agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala in the DR-CAFTA labor subject.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

From a note by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT):

AGEXPORT, in order to present the commitments made in the framework of the friendly settlement agreement reached between the United States and Guatemala related to DR-CAFTA labor issues, will hold a breakfast conference on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:15 to 9:30 hrs., which will be delivered by Mr. Carlos Contreras Solorzano from the Labour Ministry.

The conference will cost $32.

More information

Phone: 2422-3690

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