Third round of Free Trade talks between Canada and Panama concludes

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

Monday, January 19, 2009

According to Panama's chief negotiator, Leroy Sheffer said they covered topics that defined the origins of products such as whole grain and instant coffee, oils, fuels, and processed tomatoes to meet industry standard. He also said that almost all the rules to allow us to take full advantage of the Canadian market were discussed, allowing maximum flexibility to utilize non-local raw materials to produce end products.

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