Background and Negotiations

In October 2004 the MERCOSUR bloc of countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) initiated formal contact with the Central American Integration System (SICA) countries -- Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama - to discuss furthering their trade relationship. In November 2004 Foreign Ministers of the two regions met in Rio de Janeiro and set out steps to deepen their trade relations. In February 2005, MERCOSUR held meetings with SICA, which culminated in a Joint Declaration recognizing the initial steps taken towards integration and pledging further work.

Documents relating to the negotiations
22 February 2005 Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Joint Declaration Spanish PDF New!
21-22 February 2005 First round of MERCOSUR-SICA negotiations Spanish PDF
11 November 2004 Rio de Janeiro. Joint Comuniqué - meeting of MERCOSUR-SICA Foreign Ministers Portuguese PDF
01 October 2004 MERCOSUR initiates trade dialogue with Central America Spanish PDF
Source: Ministério das Relações Exteriores do Brasil; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto de Argentina; Presidencia Pro Tempore de SICA, Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Honduras


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Recent Developments
  February 2005. First round of MERCOSUR -SICA