OAS

 
Central America - Korea
 
  Background and Negotiations
   

On 18 June 2015, six Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and Korea launched negotiations towards a free trade agreement. The first round of negotiations for the Central America-Korea Free Trade Agreement took place from 21 to 25 September 2015, in Seoul, Korea. The second round of free trade negoations was held from 23-27 Novemeber 2015, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The third round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea was held from 22-26 February 2016. The fourth round of negotiations between the parties was held on 23-27 May 2016, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America and South Korea met for the fifth round of negotiations in Seoul on August 16, 2016. The sixth round of negotiations took place in Managua, Nicaragua on September 26-30, 2016. The seventh round of negotiations began on October 24, 2016.

Central America and the Republic of Korea concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement on November 16, 2016 in Managua, Nicaragua. Central America and South Korea carried out the legal review of the texts of their free trade agreement on February 13-17.

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama signed the Central America-Korea Free Trade Agreement in Seoul, Korea on February 21, 2018. Additionally, on the same date, Costa Rica and Korea signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade, investment and cooperation.

Documents relating to the negotiations
21 February 2018 Seoul, South Korea. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama sign Central America-Korea FTA PDF
Press Releases:
  • Costa Rica in Spanish PDF
  • El Salvador in Spanish PDF
  • Honduras in Spanish PDF
  • Nicaragua in Spanish PDF
  • Panama in Spanish PDF
21 February 2018 Seoul, South Korea. Costa Rica and Korea sign memorandum of understanding to promote trade, investment and cooperation in Spanish PDF
13-17 February 2017 San José, Costa Rica. Central America and the Republic of Korea complete legal review of the texts of the free trade agreement in Spanish PDF
16 November 2016 Managua, Nicaragua. Central America and the Republic of Korea concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement: Joint Statement. PDF
24-31 October 2016 Seoul, Korea. Seventh round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea in Spanish PDF
26-30 September 2016 Managua, Nicaragua. Sixth round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea in Spanish PDF
16 August 2016 Seoul, Korea. Fifth round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea in Spanish PDF
15 July 2016 San Jose, Costa Rica. Intersessional meeting in Spanish PDF
23-27 May 2016 Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Fourth round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea in Spanish PDF
22-26 February 2016 San Francisco, California, USA. Third round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea in Spanish PDF
10 February 2016 Third round of free trade negotiations between Central America and Korea will be held from 22-26 February 2016 in Spanish PDF
23-27 November 2015 San Salvador, El Salvador. Second round of negotiations for a free trade agreement between Central America and Korea PDF
21-25 September 2015 Seoul, Korea. First round of negotiations for a free trade agreement between Central America and Korea PDF
18 June 2015 Central America and Korea announce launch of free trade negotiations in Spanish PDF
Source: Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (CONicMEX); Ministerio de Economía, El Salvador; Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y Cooperación Internacional, Honduras; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea; Ministerio de Fomento, Industria y Comercio, aragua; Ministerio de Industrias y Comercio, Panama

  Entry into Force
   
Documents relating to the entry into force
28 May 2018 El Salvador. Ministry of Economy of El Salvador submits Central America-Korea FTA to General Assembly for its ratification PDF in Spanish
Source: Ministerio de Economía, El Salvador
  Sources
   
 

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