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The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Strengthening a Good Friend in a Rough Neighborhood

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James M. Roberts

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Trade (Free trade and protection)

Keywords: Trade and foreign aid; free trade; free trade agreement; Hugo Chavez

Type: Report

Coverage: Colombia


On April 10, the congressional leadership forced a vote that has indefinitely delayed consideration of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Defeat of this agreement would be a major psychological victory for forces that the U.S. has battled for decades. Congress should promptly approve the U.S.-Colombia FTA, which would increase economic prosperity in both the U.S. and Colombia.