Uk Central America Trade Agreement
The third round of negotiations was held in El Salvador on 14 April 2008. The fourth round was held in Brussels from 14 to 18 July 2008. On 6 and 10 October 2008, countries concluded the fifth round of negotiations. The sixth round of negotiations was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 and 30 January 2009. The trade pillar of the Association Agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 August 2013 with Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, since 1 October 2013 with Costa Rica and El Salvador and since 1 December with Guatemala. As of 31 October 2020, the UK had concluded 24 trade agreements with 53 countries, some using an appropriate approach to quickly replicate existing agreements between the EU and these countries, mentioning only those areas of low differentiation (which has reduced some agreements to around 40 pages from the original 1400 agreement). Among these, there are important economies – in terms of nominal GDP – such as South Korea, Switzerland, Israel and South Africa. The trade part of the Association Agreement will replace the unilateral preferential market access granted to Central America under the EU`s Generalised System of Preferences. The European Union and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) signed an Association Agreement at the meeting of the Presidents of the Central American Integration System in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) on 29 June 2012. On 18 July 2019, the United Kingdom (UK), Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama signed the Association Agreement between the United Kingdom and Central America to ensure that Central America and the United Kingdom benefit from continued trade after the United Kingdom`s withdrawal from the European Union. The European Union`s free trade agreements help the EU to grow: in 2018, the EU was the second largest exporter in the world (15.5%) ahead of the United States (10.6%), but with China (15.8%).  In 1993, the European Union and Central America signed a framework cooperation agreement. This Agreement entered into force on 1 March 1999.
At the EU-Latin America Summit in May 2002, the EU and six Central American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama – agreed to negotiate a new political dialogue and cooperation agreement signed in Rome on 15 December 2003. . .Posted on: October 12, 2021, by : greyson