Us Ecuador Free Trade Agreement
A senior U.S. trade official recently said that U.S. trade agreements with Colombia and Peru will likely be treated as separate agreements by Congress, limiting the possibility of an autonomous Andean United Nations. Free trade agreement. (42) As part of the trade promotion authority act (TPA) deadlines, expedited legislative procedures will apply to the implementation of trade agreement bills when agreements are concluded, among other things, by June 30, 2007. Given the ACCORD notification procedures, free trade agreements with Colombia and Peru could be voted on by Congress this summer. It is not known whether, or when, a free trade agreement between the United States and Ecuador could be concluded. 35. (return) Letter from World Trade Online on www.insidetrade.com/. The thirteenth round of negotiations in Washington was supposed to be the last, but negotiators were unable to conclude discussions on intellectual property rights and agriculture disputes. Colombian and Ecuadorian negotiators said they withdrew because they could not accept U.S. demands to strengthen patent protection and remove agricultural barriers, while Peruvian negotiators appeared more flexible. Peruvian negotiators have decided to continue talks with the United States without the other countries.
The two countries reached an agreement in the first week of December 2005. (13) „The United States and Ecuador are close to concluding a free trade agreement. Andean governments are pursuing free trade agreements with the United States to ensure access to the huge U.S. market. They now have preferential access under unilateral U.S. programs (see next section), but this access is expected to expire at the end of December 2006. A free trade agreement would include these preferences and additional duty-free treatment. Andean governments also want to attract foreign investment and see a free trade agreement with the United States as a way to create a safer economic environment and increase foreign investment. Starting with the Theodore Roosevelt government, the United States has become an important player in international trade, particularly with its neighboring territories in the Caribbean and Latin America. Today, the United States has become a leader in the free trade movement and supports groups such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (later the World Trade Organization).
[Citation required] In the United States, much of the business community supported a free trade agreement with the United States. For example, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) states in its trade agenda that one of its main objectives is congressional approval of the free trade agreement and other free trade agreements being negotiated. NAM has commented on its views on various aspects of the negotiations, some of which include removing tariff and non-tariff barriers, transparency and accountability in technical regulations, enforcing domestic customs legislation, protecting U.S. investment abroad, and strengthening and enforcing intellectual property rights legislation.