This month’s trends
In the course of September 2015, the regional trade policy outlook was marked by different initiatives surrounding agreements in force. The most notable events were regional agreements on the part of Mexico, The Dominican Republic, and Peru with partners both within and outside the region and of the main integration blocs—MERCOSUR, CELAC, SICA, UNASUR, and CAN. Progress was also made on new and advanced negotiations.
This month, progress was made on intraregional agreements; accords with extraregional partners were deepened; there was headway on negotiations that had already been announced; and progress was made on 20 existing agreements and six trade negotiations (one new, four advanced, and one completed).
- Colombia–Panama: Panama to sign a tax treaty with Colombia without the pressure of “fatal dates” (in Spanish)
Selected news on trade agreements currently in force
- ALADI: ALADI secretary says that there are too many organizations and too little integration (in Spanish)
- Association of Caribbean States (ACS): The Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Caribbean
- Bolivia files a complaint with the the Latin American Integration Association (in Spanish) against Chile for its alleged impositions of barriers to Bolivian goods
- Chile–Hong Kong SAR: Wines, products of the sea, and Chilean brands attract Chinese investors (in Spanish)
- Costa Rica’s and Panama’s ministers of labor sign an agreement to regulate migration flows (in Spanish)
- Dominican Republic–CAFTA: The Dominican Republic’s balance of trade with the United States continues to show a deficit (in Spanish)
- Latin American Economic System (SELA): Export consortia as a strategic tool for the international integration of SMEs (in Spanish)
- UNASUR: Seven subregional integration mechanisms move towards South American convergence (in Spanish)
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