CColombia urges investment boost, trade agreement with Japan

Posted on Jul 30 2014 - 9:09am by Rico

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – (AFP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed their intention to boost the ending of conversations for the Economic Association Agreement (EPA), a Free Trade Accord whose negotiations started in 2012. Its objective is to expand bilateral commercialization of products and services, and increase Japanese investments in the country.

- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

– Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Although they did not talk on specific issues, both statesmen reiterated their intention to seal promptly the accord, already arranged in the Congress, and only awaiting the approval of the Constitutional Court.

Its implementation will enable this Asian country to boost its interest throughout the region.

Shinzo Abe concluded an official 48-hour visit to this capital (the first of an official of that level in 106 years of diplomatic relations), during which he expressed support to the peace process of the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla, taken place in Havana, Cuba.

The head of the Japanese government was honored yesterday night with a reception in his honor, and will travel to Chile and Brazil, to conclude a 10-day Latin American tour, which included Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago.