Canada–Central American Four Free Trade Agreement

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The Canada–Central American Four Free Trade Agreement was a proposed free trade agreement between Canada and the Central American states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (collectively referred to as the Central American Four or CA4).[a] Twelve rounds of negotiations were undertaken between 2001 and 2010, after which no agreement had been reached.[1] Canada and Honduras instead decided to pursue a bilateral agreement between themselves, and those negotiations concluded successfully in August 2011.[2]

The United States negotiated and ratified a similar treaty with these countries, called the Central American Free Trade Agreement. In a referendum on October 7, 2007, the voters of Costa Rica narrowly backed the free trade agreement with the U.S., with about 52 percent of "Yes" votes.[3]

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  1. ^ At the time Canada already had a bilateral FTA with another Central American country, Costa Rica.


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