From 21 to July 24,
it was held in Ankara, Turkey, the fifth round of negotiations for the signing
of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Mexico and Turkey. The Mexican
delegation was headed by the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Secretariat
of Economy, of Mexico, Francisco de Rosenzweig Mendialdua, while Turkey was
represented by Murat Yapici, Director General for Affairs of the European Union
(EU) of the Ministry of Economy.
During this Fifth
Round, were reunited some technical groups related to Market Access, Rules of
Origin, Customs and Trade Facilitation, Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary
and Phytosanitary Measures, Trade Remedies, Trade in Services, Investment and
Legal and Institutional Affairs. Progress was made in the negotiations of them
all, highlighting the closure of the chapter on Trade Facilitation.
estimate conclude the negotiation of this agreement by the end of 2015, in
compliance to the mandate assumed in February this year by the Secretary of
Economy, of Mexico, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and the Minister of Economy
of Turkey, Nihat Zeybekci.
Turkey is the
second trading partner of Mexico in Central and Eastern Europe, and, due to its
geostrategic location, it is a gateway to the markets of Eurasia. From 1999 to
2014, Mexico's trade with that country was multiplied by 15, adding $ 967
million in the last year.