Background and Negotiations

MERCOSUR member states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) met with representatives of the CARICOM in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 16 December 2004 at the XXVII ordinary MERCOSUR Common Market Council meeting with the objective to deepen their political and economic dialogue. Ministers proposed a work program to be initiated in the first semester of 2005 with a view to launch negotiations towards a free trade agreement.

An initial meeting was held, at the Ministerial level, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. At this meeting, the countries expressed their intention to sign a trade agreement before the end of 2005.

Documents relating to the negotiations
28 February 2005 MERCOSUR and CARICOM seek trade agreement before end of year Spanish PDF format New!
24-25 February 2005 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Joint Communiqué issued at the Conclusion of the CARICOM/MERCOSUR Ministerial MeetingPDF format New!
16 December 2004

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Joint CARICOM-MERCOSUR communiqué and Work Program PDF format

Source: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat; Ministério das Relações Exteriores do Brasil; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto


Recent Developments

February 2005. CARICOM and MERCOSUR meet to advance trade negotiationsNew!

   February 2005. CARICOM and MERCOSUR issue joint communiquéNew!