South Korea Seeks to Jump-Start Central America Ties With Regional Trade Deal

Trade representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama at a meeting, Houston, Tx., June 18, 2015 (Photo from the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy).
Trade representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama at a meeting, Houston, Tx., June 18, 2015 (Photo from the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy).

Representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama concluded negotiations for a free trade deal last month, with the final agreement expected to be signed next June. In an email interview, Won-Ho Kim, director of the Latin American studies program and of the Center for International Cooperation and Strategy at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, discusses South Korea’s trade relations with Central America. WPR: How extensive is trade between South Korea and Central America, and what are the expected effects of the recently signed free trade […]

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