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A View of the Pasantías (Stays) with my Colegas Ticos, by Elaine S. Potoker, Ph.D.

TLC (Tratado Libre de Comercio)/Free Trade Agreement

As I have mentioned in a previous post, October is the referendum on the DR-CAFTA Trade Agreement. Costa Rica is the only country that has not ratified it. The news and the protests are gearing up here for the Sí people vs. the No people. Even a taxi driver will try to pull you into a conversation about the subject. On Sunday, there were demonstrations on street corners and vans riding around town blasting propaganda through microphones. More soon…

9-30-07: Well, the referendum is a week away and the demonstrations more noticeable. Paradoxically, while all this is going on, COMEX (The Ministry of Foreign Commerce) is meeting with representatives of the EU (European Union) to develop the AACUE, or a trade agreement between the EU and Central America. I was invited a summary meeting of the state of the negotiations to date in Herradura last week.