Guatemala set to join EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement

Published 06-11-2014
At its meeting on 6 November 2014, the EFTA Council welcomed the outcome of the concluding round of negotiations between EFTA and Guatemala, paving the way for Guatemala’s accession to the EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement. An event to mark the conclusion of these negotiations will take place during the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva on 17 November.

The autumn EFTA Ministerial meeting focuses on third-country relations. Among the issues to be discussed this year are the ongoing negotiations between the United States and the European Union on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Mr Michael Punke, who serves as Deputy US Trade Representative and US Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, will meet with the EFTA Ministers and EFTA Parliamentary Committee.

The Council also approved the nomination of Mr Dag Wernø Holter as EFTA Deputy Secretary-General in Brussels to replace Mr Helge Skaara. Mr Holter was Norway's Ambassador to Iceland until this summer, and has previously held positions in Paris, New York, Brussels and Beijing. He will join the EFTA Secretariat on 15 January 2015.


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