Nicaragua Businessmen Bet on Trade with Mexico

The business sector expects to achieve a 15% increase in trade between the two countries next year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nicaragua's private sector is awaiting the ratification of the unified Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Central America and Mexico, which was signed last week and will be ratified by the presidents of the countries involved on 4th and 5th of December.

In order to increase interregional trade and to get their products to Mexico, Nicaraguan businessmen are asking the government to improve the conditions of the land routes and also consider changes to the tariffs that restrict access to the Mexican market.

In addition, they hope that the treaty will help further promote the country as an investment destination for Mexican companies, many of which have operations or interests in Nicaragua.

In an article in, Joseph Adam Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise "agrees that the challenge is to reverse the trade situation between the two countries, because while Nicaragua had a bilateral FTA with Mexico, it was the lowest exporter of the isthmus.

But now exports to Mexico are begining to improve, as this year $70 million have been recorded, representing an 18% increase compared to 2010. "

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