Panama prepares to negotiate FTA with Canada

The Government of Panama started consultations with the national productive sector, prior to the upcoming formal launch of the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Canada.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The consultations will help to establish a negotiation strategy and will have the participation of representatives form the Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida), the Institute of Agricultural Marketing (Ima) and the Public Services Authority (Asep), and others, a release from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Mici) of Panama indicated.
In July, Panama and Canada held a round of exploratory talks in order to advance to the negotiation process for a FTA.

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Duties on Canadian products not originating in agriculture will fall to zero in 95% of cases.

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Important progress was made in negotiations for goods and access of service providers and investors of both countries.

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It will be presented at the III round of negotiations for the signing of a Free Trade Agreement, which will be held from January 12 to 16 in Ottawa.

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The first round of negotiations will take place in Ottawa from October 27 - 31, said a spokesperson for MICI.

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