Organization of American States General Secretariat Trade Unit
The Western Hemisphere Yukon Tierra del Fuego <ul><li>40 Mil. Km2 </li></ul><ul><li>802.5 Million    people </li></ul><ul>...
FREE TRADE AREA OF THE AMERICAS
I Summit of the Americas, Miami, 1994 II Summit of the Americas, Chile, 1998 FTAA preparatory process  III Summit of the A...
Preliminary Process of FTAA Trade Ministerial Meetings DENVER, COLORADO, 1996 CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, 1996 BELO HORIZONTE, BR...
MINISTERS OF  COMMERCE Tripartite Committee OAS IDB ECLAC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE (TNC) Vice-Ministers level  NINE NE...
FTAA CHAIRS May 1998 Nov 1999 Nov 1999 May 2001 May 2001 Nov 2002 Nov 2002 Dec 2004 Vice-   chair Chair Canada Argentina E...
FTAA Negotiating Groups   Government  Procurement COSTA RICA Colombia Investment  MEXICO Bolivia Competition  Policy COLOM...
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES <ul><li>CIVIL SOCIETY  </li></ul><ul><li>SMALL ECONOMIES </li></ul><ul><li>E - COMMERCE </li></ul><...
Business Facilitation Measures Customs  Measures Transparency measures 1. Temporary Imports 2. Express shipments 3. Low va...
Tripartite Committee Inter-American  Development Bank (IDB) United Nations Economic Commission  for Latin America and  the...
INTERNET RESOURCES FTAA Official Site <ul><li>http://www.sice.oas.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ftaa-alca.org </li></ul...
 
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Introduction to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Agreement

  1. 1. Organization of American States General Secretariat Trade Unit
  2. 2. The Western Hemisphere Yukon Tierra del Fuego <ul><li>40 Mil. Km2 </li></ul><ul><li>802.5 Million people </li></ul><ul><li>GDP of US$ 10.8 Trillion </li></ul><ul><li>34 OAS members </li></ul>
  3. 3. FREE TRADE AREA OF THE AMERICAS
  4. 4. I Summit of the Americas, Miami, 1994 II Summit of the Americas, Chile, 1998 FTAA preparatory process III Summit of the Americas, Canada, 2001
  5. 5. Preliminary Process of FTAA Trade Ministerial Meetings DENVER, COLORADO, 1996 CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, 1996 BELO HORIZONTE, BRASIL, 1997 SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, 1998 TORONTO, CANADA, 1999 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 2001
  6. 6. MINISTERS OF COMMERCE Tripartite Committee OAS IDB ECLAC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE (TNC) Vice-Ministers level NINE NEGOTIATING GROUPS Administrative Secretariat CONSULTATIVEGROUP ON SMALLER ECONOMIES CIVIL SOCIETY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON ELECTRONIC COMMERCE STRUCTURE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
  7. 7. FTAA CHAIRS May 1998 Nov 1999 Nov 1999 May 2001 May 2001 Nov 2002 Nov 2002 Dec 2004 Vice- chair Chair Canada Argentina Ecuador Brazil and the United States Argentina Ecuador Chile Co-chairs
  8. 8. FTAA Negotiating Groups Government Procurement COSTA RICA Colombia Investment MEXICO Bolivia Competition Policy COLOMBIA Perú Dispute Settlement PARAGUAY Chile Services BAHAMAS Venezuela Market Access ARGENTINA Colombia Intellectual Property USA Rep.Dom. Subsidies, AD/CVD PERÚ CARICOM Agriculture GUATEMALA Uruguay
  9. 9. OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES <ul><li>CIVIL SOCIETY </li></ul><ul><li>SMALL ECONOMIES </li></ul><ul><li>E - COMMERCE </li></ul><ul><li>BUSINESS FACILITATION </li></ul>
  10. 10. Business Facilitation Measures Customs Measures Transparency measures 1. Temporary Imports 2. Express shipments 3. Low value shipments 4. Electronic data interchange 6. Information guide of customs procedures 7. Codes of conduct 8. Risk analysis 1. Hyperlink project 2. Data bases inventories Determining and supervising implementation of business facilitation measures is an ongoing FTAA task 5. Harmonized commodity description
  11. 11. Tripartite Committee Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Provides technical support to the FTAA process Organization of American States (OAS)
  12. 12. INTERNET RESOURCES FTAA Official Site <ul><li>http://www.sice.oas.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ftaa-alca.org </li></ul>                                                                                  

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