Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rican lawmakers approve free trade agreement with Mexico

February 27, 2013

Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly on Tuesday night approved in a second round debate a free trade agreement between Mexico and Central America, with the vote of 42 lawmakers.

Approval in a first debate was reached in December with 39 votes in favor.

The only lawmakers who voted against the agreement were Claudio Monge and Carmen Granados, from the Citizen Action Party, and Broad Front Party lawmaker José María Villalta.

Costa Rica already had a free trade agreement with Mexico, in force since January 1995, which now is unified with the rest of Central American countries. It was the first bilateral free trade treaty negotiated by Costa Rica.

Mexico represents a market of more than 110 million people, and the new agreement aims to facilitate trade and reduce transaction costs.

Official Mexican government statistics show that trade between that country and the five Central American countries increased 3.6 times in the past 10 years.

The agreement will enter into force when published in the official newspaper La Gaceta and signed by President Laura Chinchilla.

You may be interested

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October
Costa Rica
5551 views
Costa Rica
5551 views

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

The Immigration Administration on Friday said its main and regional offices will remain closed until October due to the coronavirus…

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend
Pic of the Day
778 views
Pic of the Day
778 views

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

Happy weekend from all of us at The Tico Times! [caption id="attachment_62085" align="aligncenter" width="740"] (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_111342"…

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID
Dental Tourism
2504 views
Dental Tourism
2504 views

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID

Vayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…