New Round in Costa Rica - China FTA

Six negotiation rounds have already taken place, and the last one has been scheduled for February 2010.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Commerce Minister, explained that this administration wants to conclude the process before the end of President Oscar Arias' term on May 2010.

From "'After the next round, the following step is the legal revision of the treaty, in order to sign it on March. We are ready to make it a reality in 2010', said Ruiz".

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