In April 1998 the Andean Community and Panama signed a document indicating the Parties' interest in working towards a free trade agreement.
On 25 April 1999 the Andean the Andean Community member countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) and the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras)decided to negotiate partial scope preferential trade agreement that could serve as a basis for a free trade agreement. Negotiations to this end were initiated on 20 March 2000.
In November 2004 the General Secretariats of the Andean Community (CAN) and the Central American Integration System (SICA) signed a framework cooperation agreement with a view towards greater economic relations among the regions. Areas highlighted in the agreement include the implementation of a political dialogue on cooperation, the negotiation of a free trade agreement and the participation of the Andean Community in the Plan Puebla-Panamá.
On 25 June 2008 Panama announced that it is taking actions to become an Associate Member of the Andean Community.
|Documents relating to the agreement
|25 June 2008
|Panama moves towards incorporation as an Associated Member of the Andean Community
|08 November 2004
General Secretariats of Andean Community and Central American Integration System (SICA) sign framework cooperation agreement
|23 February 2001
|Andean countries coordinate position in next negotiations with Northern Triangle
|20-21 November 2000
|San Salvador, El Salvador. Second Andean-Northern Triangle meeting
|03 March 2000
|Lima, Peru. First Andean-Northern Triangle meeting
|04 April 1998
|General Framework for negotiations towards a free trade agreement between the Andean Community and Panama
|Source: Secretaría General de la Comunidad Andina