The Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade seems to be deaf to the complaints of the agricultural and industrial sectors, opposed to the FTA with Colombia, and are pressing for negotiations to be speeded up.
The Government of Colombia also seems willing to close each negotiation session quickly, based on the fact that there are prior agreements in the texts under discussion.
Meanwhile Costa Rican businesses from the plastics industry want the entire sector to be excluded, arguing that because Colombia is an oil producer, Costa Rica is at a disadvantage in terms of access to and price of raw materials.
Regarding rice, Costa Rican businessmen indicate that differences in the quantities produced by each country, 2.4 million tonnes a year in Colombia and 200,000 annually in Costa Rica, mark the difficulty of reaching any agreement.
Initially, the FTA will not feature products with which both countries compete in international markets.
According to an article in Nacion.com "coffee, sugar, flowers and bananas are out of the first list of agricultural interests by Colombia as part of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Costa Rica.
Assurances have been made that the alliances between Colombian and Costa Rican as a result of the trade agreement being negotiated, will strengthen their ability to access global markets.
Colombian companies who have acquired companies in Costa Rica, are in agreement with the Colombian Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Sergio Diaz-Granados that partnerships will enable them to attend, from Costa Rica, to the whole of the Central American and Caribbean market.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry believes that the trade agreement could pose a threat to Costa Rican production.
From a press release by the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA):
In a letter addressed to the members of the Committee for International Relations and Foreign Trade, the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry, CACIA, once again was vehement in its opposition to the possible approval of the FTA with Colombia, by the Legislative Assembly .
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