Proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Economic and Political Implications [April 16, 2010]   [open pdf - 294KB]

"The agreement would immediately eliminate duties on 80% of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia. An additional 7% of U.S. exports would receive duty-free treatment within five years of implementation and most remaining tariffs would be eliminated within ten years of implementation. The agreement also contains provisions for market access to U.S. firms in most services sectors; protection of U.S. foreign direct investment in Colombia; intellectual property rights protections for U.S. companies; and enforceable labor and environmental provisions. […]. President Barack Obama met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at the White House on June 29, 2009. After the meeting, President Obama stated that he had asked the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to work closely with Colombian government representatives to see how the two countries could move forward on the pending agreement. President Obama commended Colombia for its progress in addressing the violence against labor union leaders. In March 2010, USTR Ron Kirk stated that the Obama Administration is working on developing a finite list of proposals to give to Colombia to resolve the issues that blocked congressional approval of a free trade agreement with the United States and that the proposals would likely be related to worker rights protection and the issue of persecution in Colombia. The Obama Administration also stated in March 2010 that the pending FTAs [Free Trade Agreement] with Colombia, Korea, and Panama are important to U.S. national security, each for different reasons, because national security depends on economic security and U.S. competitiveness. For Colombia, a free trade agreement with the United States is part of its overall economic development strategy."

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