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Guatemala-Taiwan
Text of the Agreement
  Background and Negotiations
   

The countries of Central America - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua - signed an Economic Complementation Agreement with Taiwan on 13 September 1997. The objective of the agreement was to expand cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, transfer of technology and in the financial sector; and to develop a Plan of Action that would allow them to determine the existence of conditions necessary to start negotiations for a free trade agreement. A joint declaration issued at the IV meeting of Heads of State and Government of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Panama and Taiwan, in Taipei on 21 August 2003, reiterated the willingess of these parties to initiate free trade talks at an opportune time.

During a visit paid by the vice president of Guatemala to Taiwan in March 2003, representatives from both sides agreed to start negotiations towards a free trade agreement, with the text of the Taiwan-Panama agreement as a basis. Negotiations were carried out in four rounds. The first round took place in Taipei from 1-4 March 2005; the second round was held in Guatemala from 25-29 April of that same year; the third round took place from 6-10 June Los Angeles, USA. The fourth and last round took place in Guatemala City in July 2005. The Guatemala-Taiwan free trade agreement was signed on 22 September 2005.

Documents relating to the negotiations
22 September 2005 Guatemala and Taiwan sign free trade agreement Spanish PDF
12 August 2005 Guatemala and Taiwan conclude FTA negotiationsPDF
31 July 2005 Guatemala CIty, Guatemala. Fourth round of Guatemala-Taiwan FTA negotiations SpanishPDF
06-10 June 2005 Los Angeles, USA. Third round of Guatemala-Taiwan FTA negotiationsPDF
25 April 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala. Second round of Guatemala-Taiwan FTA negotiations SpanishPDF
04 March 2005 Taipei. First round of Guatemala-Taiwan negotiationsWord
16 December 2004 Guatemala and Taiwan to initiate negotiations toward a free trade agreement SpanishWord
21 August 2003 Joint Communiqué of the IV meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic and Taiwan SpanishPDF
13 September 1997 Economic Complementation Agreement between the Republics of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Republic of China SpanishPDF
Source: Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan); Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala; Oficina del Consejero de Prensa de la Embajada de la República de China en Guatemala

  Entry Into Force
   

The Guatemala-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 1 July 2006.

On 29 June 2006 Guatemala and Taiwan signed the protocol of exchange of instruments of ratification, leading to the implementation of the free trade agreement.

Documents relating to entry into force
29 June 2006 Guatemala and Taiwan sign instruments of ratification of the Free Trade Agreement SpanishPDF
06 March 2006 Guatemalan Congress approves Guatemala-Taiwan FTA SpanishPDF
Source: Congreso de la República de Guatemala; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala

  Related Articles and Studies
     
May 2016 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Taiwán SpanishPDF New!
June 2015 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Taiwán SpanishPDF
June 2014 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Taiwán SpanishPDF
June 2013 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Taiwán SpanishPDF
2005 Ministerio de Economía de Guatemala. Síntesis del Tratado de Libre Comercio República de Guatemala-República de China (Taiwán) SpanishPDF

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Recent Developments
  May 2016. Assessment of trade relations between Guatemala and Taiwan New!

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