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NFTC Welcomes Continued Dialogue on U.S.-Colombia FTA
Date: 4/20/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings or Eric Thomas, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington DC – In response to the Administration’s announcement over the weekend that President Obama has asked the U.S. Trade Representative to engage in a dialogue with the Colombian Government to work through remaining concerns with respect to the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the National Foreign Council (NFTC) today issued the following statement.

"We applaud the Administration for sending a positive signal that a dialogue between the United States and Colombia is already underway," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. "Colombia has long been an important friend to and ally of the United States. With both countries working together toward a resolution of remaining concerns that stand in the way of approval of the FTA, we believe that progress can be made toward the ratification of the agreement."

"Colombia is a critically important partner in the hemisphere, both from an economic standpoint and with regard to regional stability and security," said NFTC Vice President for Regional Trade Initiatives Chuck Dittrich. "Colombia has already proven its commitment to and diligence in working to prevent and stop crimes against trade unionists and all other members of Colombian society."

"The Colombian Government has worked tirelessly to reduce the overall level of violence in the country, and has made significant strides in strengthening democratic institutions to restore and maintain the rule of law in a country once described as a failed state," said Dittrich.

"It is our hope that in the coming weeks and months, both governments can work together to resolve outstanding issues and develop a path forward and timeline for action on the FTA," Reinsch concluded.

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Advancing Global Commerce for 95 Years -The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.