Dominican Republic - Central America - United States Free Trade Agreement
A free trade agreement between the United States, the Central American countries of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
Negotiations started in January of 2003, and the agreement was originally signed by the US and the Central American countries in May of 2004. The Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean, joined in August of 2004. The agreement is not yet in full effect, pending ratification.
Summit Communications analysis of the treaty's impact on El Salvador and Honduras.
US-based Public Citizen provides analysis, links to news articles, and action alerts opposing ratification of the agreement.
Wikipedia article on the proposed free trade agreement and its points of negotiation.
OAS provides text of August 2004 agreement, including side letters and understandings, in English and Spanish.
Gives background on tariffs in the region, with analysis and anecdotes of trade success to date.
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