As the media swarmed over the scandal surrounding the Secret Service’s alleged carousing with prostitutes in Colombia, another questionable financial transaction slipped quietly through the backdoor of hemispheric diplomacy.
Costa Rica plans to start negotiating free trade agreements with South Korea and Colombia this year and complete an accord with members of the European Free Trade Area by October, the country’s trade minister said.
At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, US President Barack Obama announced approval of Colombia’s supposed progress in protecting labor rights, allowing the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to take effect next month. US trade representative Ron Kirk said at a Cartagena press conference that the agreement provides "an opportunity to help stand up for the rights of workers... This is a significant milestone."
May 15, 2012 has been the date set for the start of the Colombia–US Free Trade Agreement. While the US agribusiness sector is very pleased, the Colombian sector is less so, writes ThePigSite.
President Barack Obama certified Colombia’s labor protection efforts, allowing both sides to put the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement into effect May 15.
The United Steelworkers, the AFL-CIO and the Colombia labor movement firmly believes the US pronouncement that Colombia has complied with the Labor Action Plan — a move which will allow for implementation of the Free Trade Agreement starting next month — is premature as unionists continue to be killed in Colombia at a rate of 30 slain in 2011, and six already this year.
No one is more excited about the new US free trade agreement with Colombia than some of North Dakota’s local ag and aviation companies.
The Colombian government filed a bill to hurry through implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, reported local media Tuesday.
EU trade ministers agreed on Friday to approve a free trade pact with Colombia and Peru that could boost European car and chemical exports and lift food and mineral exports from the South American countries.
Colombia’s Business, Industry, and Tourism minister has announced the first round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks to be held with Israel next week, said Colombian business newspaper Portfolio, Thursday.
According to labor-rights activists as well as a recent US State department report, many Colombian co-ops function as glorified temp agencies providing companies with cheap and docile non-union workers.
The foreign minister was in Japan to attend a joint study on a bilateral EPA, which President Santos and Prime Minister Noda agreed on launching last September.
The United States said Monday Colombia had not yet met its obligations to protect labor unionists required for the Free Trade Agreement to come into effect.
Colombia’s FTA czar presented Tuesday a roadmap of requisites for the trade pact with the United States to go into effect this year.
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report examines three labor issues and arguments related to the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, signed on October 21, 2011: violence against trade unionists; impunity (accountability for or punishment of the perpetrators); and worker rights protections for Colombians.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner called on Colombia Wednesday to implement all measures necessary to secure the coming into force of a free trade agreement between Bogota and Washington. This includes guaranteeing specific labor rights and diminishing violence towards labor unions.
Colombia’s vice president expressed on Saturday willingness to see more Turkish investors in his country.
Ce texte a comme principal propos de s’interroger sur la possibilité que les clauses sociales et environnementales des traités de libre échange deviennent un instrument important de la protection des droits du travail et des droits environnementaux en Amérique latine.
Colombia’s dairy sector needs government assistance to be able to compete with European farmers, said the president of the national milk producers’ association Friday.
US labor union United Steelworkers sent Hillary Clinton an "emergency alert" Friday warning Secretary of State that Colombian unionists are under an "elevated threat" after Washington approved a free trade deal between the two countries.