Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the launch of negotiations to modernize the existing free trade agreement between Canada and Costa Rica, as well as the signing of an air transportation agreement and a tax information exchange agreement between the two countries. The announcements were made during a working visit with President Laura Chinchilla in San Josť, Costa Rica.
"Canada and Costa Rica enjoy excellent bilateral relations. In fact, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Canadian Embassy in San Josť," said the Prime Minister. "By removing trade barriers, facilitating air travel between our countries and working together to combat tax evasion, the measures announced today will lead to new opportunities and stronger economies for both Canadians and Costa Ricans."
Today's announcements will have far-reaching benefits for Canada and Costa Rica. Most notably:
Each of the measures announced today is consistent with Canada's Engagement in the Americas strategy, which aims to promote prosperity at home and in countries of the Western hemisphere.