Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ticos undecided about CAFTA

A demonstrator sits in front of a wall painted with anti-government slogans during a protest in San Jose February 26, 2007 against the proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the U.S. (Photo: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)Four in every ten Costa Ricans are undecided about the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). According to a survey by UNIMER for the daily La Nacion, 39 percent of the Ticos would rather have further discussion on the issue, 35 percent are in favor of approving it, and 26 percent are totally against it. Meanwhile, the positive appreciation of the CAFTA is also decreasing. This is confirmed by the fact that, in September 2006, 51 percent of the citizens expected positive effects from the agreement, while the figure is now down to 37 percent. In the meantime, the CAFTA is already under way in the other Central American nations and the Dominican Republic.

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