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Two Mexico-Costa Rica Agreements Set Stage for Mexico-Central America Accords in Trend to Strengthen Mexico-Regional Bond

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 78915
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2013-03-07
By: George Rodríguez

Almost two decades ago, Mexico pioneered a groundbreaking free-trade agreement (FTA) with Costa Rica, its first with a Central American nation. Fourteen years later, both countries reached an association agreement, centered mainly on bilateral political dialogue, also a first in this region. The bilateral FTA eventually opened the way for a similar accord between Mexico and the Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (Central America’s Northern Triangle)—made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—to be followed by a Mexico-Nicaragua pact.

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