U.S. to Accelerate FTA with Panama and Colombia

The U.S. will begin this year a process to resolve outstanding issues preventing the ratification of these treaties.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This was announced by the U.S. trade representative, Ron Kirk, who added "I can tell you the president (Barack Obama) has instructed me to immediately intensify contacts with Colombia and Panama, in order to resolve this as soon as possible and submit these agreements immediately to Congress for consideration."

The agreement with Panama was signed in 2007.

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Real Progress for FTA Between U.S. and Panama

October 2011

The FTA jumped the first hurdle in the U.S. Congress, having been approved by the committee in the first round with 32 votes in favor and only 2 against.

The Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives yesterday approved the U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, with 24 votes in favor and 12 against in the case of the South American country, 31 against 5 in the case of the Asians, and 32-2 for the Central American country.

Panama - USA FTA Goes to Congress

October 2011

The U.S. President has sent the Free Trade Agreement negotiated in 2003 with Panama to Congress for ratification.

Along with the FTA with Panama Congress will also receive ratification requests for FTAs with Colombia and Korea.

Mario Jaramillo, Ambassador of Panama in Washington, inidcated that they have the necessary votes for approval in Congress and a vote is expected "very promptly."

U.S. FTAs with Colombia and Panama Have a Long Way to Go

May 2010

In the U.S., the political situation is not favorable for approving these Free Trade Agreements, despite Barack’s Obama goodwill.

This was affirmed by State Secretary Hillary Clinton, while meeting with regional leaders at the 40th Conference of the Americas Council. She did reinstate her country’s commitment to free trade.

FTA Between Panama and the United States

May 2009

The new director of the Office of the United States Trade Representative said that it they are working to finalize an FTA with Panama.

Ambassador Ron Kirk, director of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, at a hearing before the U.S. Congress, said that there was no secret in the fact that they have been working hard with the Government of Panama in recent weeks to address important issues so that the treaty can be sent to Congress for consideration.

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