Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Colombia were announced as part of the US-Andean FTA negotiations, launched in November of 2003.  Negotiations with Colombia were completed in February of 2006.  On June 14, 2006, President Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the FTA’s outstanding details, primarily the agreed-upon translations of certain agreement sections.  The resolution of these issues cleared the way for the parties to finalize the FTA text and for the Bush Administration to announce its intent to sign the agreement.

On July 8, 2006, the United States and Colombia finalized the text of the agreement, and on August 24, 2006, the Bush Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to sign the agreement. The agreement was subsequently signed on November 22, 2006. U.S. Congress passed the agreement on October 11, 2011 and the agreement went into effect on May 15, 2012.

The Colombian Minister of Trade Industry and Tourism, Luis Plata speaks during the Minister's panel on Services Trade and Investmenat the Global Services Summit.


October 12, 2011: CSI Welcomes Passage of Free Trade Agreements: Historic Vote Will Open Colombia, Korea, Panama Markets to U.S. Service Providers.

October 3, 2011: CSI welcomes White House's decision to submit to Congress the pending U.S. free trade agreements.

September 23, 2010: Representatives Erik Paulsen and Walt Minnick pen editorial urging passage of FTAs.

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