TITLE

Region needs the freedom to trade in Central America

AUTHOR(S)
Lane, Marc J.
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
Crain's Chicago Business;5/5/2003, Vol. 26 Issue 18, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The U.S. President George W. Bush is negotiating a free-trade agreement with five Central American countries, as of May 2003. When the deal is implemented, as the U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and his counterparts in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua expect, U.S. investment should rush to the Central American countries, whose economies have been plagued by social problems, natural disasters and protracted civil wars. Critics point to the experience of independent farmers in Mexico and Canada, who saw their prices decline and their land taken over by mega-companies after the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture intend to provide training to improve food safety and animal health inspection systems.
ACCESSION #
9848147

 

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