Panama - Costa Rica - Colombia?

Fernando Naranjo: "the real integration will happen in the business dimension, not the political one".

Friday, September 4, 2009

The former Costa Rican minister and entrepreneur considers that businesses from Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia are undertaking a natural integration process, to which Dominican Republic would join.

Naranjo, who shares with Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli a skeptical vision of Parlacen's role in the region's integration, sees Panama and Costa Rica more integrated to Colombia than to the rest of Central America.

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Panama Withdraws from PARLACEN

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President-elect Ricardo Martinelli announced that he intends for the country to withdraw from the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

In the words of the president-elect, who will take office on July 1, Parlacen, "is not functional and it has no benefits” to his country.

EU accepts that Costa Rica will not join Parlacen

January 2009

The European Union gave in on its desire that regarding interparlamentary dialogue, Central American representation would be exclusively be by Parlacen.

In this dialogue, Costa Rica will be represented by a member of its Legislative Assembly while other Central America countries will be represented via the regional organism.

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