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Costa Rica wants to join CPTPP, president says

Other Latin American countries also seek to expand trade in Asia

Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves seeks to export more to Asia.   © Kosuke Shimizu

MEXICO CITY -- Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves says his government, seeking to expand trade in Asia, has started working toward joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The move comes after Ecuador applied for membership in the treaty.

"As soon as possible, we would like to start a conversation with the CPTPP," Chaves told Nikkei. Asked if action will be taken this year, he answered, "Yes, if possible." Chaves revealed that he had already instructed his trade minister, Andres Valenciano, to work on it.

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