PANAMA CITY, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Trade ministers from Central American nations on Thursday called for lifting regional trade barriers, which, they said, raised costs of cargo transportation and handling.
Addressing at a meeting of the Council of Ministers for Central American Economic Integration (Comieco), Panamanian Trade and Industry Minister Ricardo Quijano said the region has to find a way to get closer to the transportation costs in Europe and North American countries, which have more efficient transportation systems.
Quijano highlighted issues in which the region' s countries have to work to facilitate trade, including reconciling customs differences, analyzing procedures and considering sanitary regulations.
He also acknowledged the region lacks regulation and evaluation on milk and pharmaceutical products.
Quijano stressed that during the meeting, the ministers evaluated the six-month performance of Panama as temporary president of the Central American System of Economic Integration (SIECA).
He said that during this period, 21 resolutions towards integration were approved.
Quijano said he was confident that at the incoming Comieco summit on Jan. 15, the pending regulations will be approved.
Panamanian Deputy Minister of International Trade Negotiations Diana Salazar said resolutions on prepacked products for human consumption have been approved, as well as others related with the Association Agreement with Europe.
The meeting was attended by the trade ministers from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Panama.