Chamber of Commerce welcomes trade pact with the US

By: Juan Rafael Cortés Dean

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) expressed satisfaction with the entry into effect of the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) with the United States.

“We believe that confirmation of the coming into force of the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) is very positive and we welcome, therefore, being able to import goods that are purchased by consumers for this time of year,” said Irvin A. Halman, President of the Chamber.

Irvin A. Halman

President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) Irvin A. Halman.

“For several years this issue has been handled as a state agenda, and our country negotiated this treaty that has clear rules for trade liberalization of a market of over 300 million people,” said the president of the guild.

Halman also reiterated that “this business association participated in all rounds of negotiations on the treaty, so its ratification and implementation is a cause of joy for our institution, as it should be for all Panamanians because this treaty, in particular, transcended governments and was handled as a matter of state policy, thus sending a clear message of the strength of our country to work together”.

The Center for Economic Studies of the Chamber recently conducted a workshop on the Treaty in its Horacio Alfaro Hall, where talks were given on “Knowing the TPC”, presented by Lic. Constancia Thomas, Director General of Treaty Administration of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lic. Yenia Diaz, Head of Standards at the National Customs Authority, who presented the topic “Procedures to access TRQs: Method, first come first served”, Lic. Mylene Pitti with the topic “Requirements for participation in FTAs: Method (Baisa) and Dr. Rafael Cornejo, with “Reclaiming tariff preferences with the TPC”.

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