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Central America: Presidents Sign Customs Union Agreement

(Mar. 2, 2008) The presidents of the five Central American republics that make up the Central American Integration System (SICA) signed an agreement in Guatemala City, on December 12, 2007, on the establishment of a customs union to create a free trade zone in the region. The document has to be ratified by the congresses […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Law Against Human Trafficking

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Mexican Federal Government promulgated the Law to Prevent and Punish Trade in People on November 27, 2007, effective the same day, its official date of publication, President Felipe Calderón announced the Law's publication the day before, during a commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Exchange of Criminal Information

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 19, 2007, Mexico and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in areas of training and exchange of information on criminal matters and experience in oral trials. The memorandum was signed by American prosecutors Gary King and Lawrence Wasden from New Mexico and Idaho, respectively, and by […]

Mexico: Fiscal Reform Measures Published in Federal Official Gazette

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 1, 2007, the Mexican government officially published a fiscal reform package to increase the government's revenue. The fiscal laws amended are: the Income Tax Law, the Federal Fiscal Code, the Special Tax Law on Production and Services, and the Value-Added Tax Law. The package newly establishes an employment subsidy; the […]

Cuba; Honduras: Cooperation Agreement

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Cuban Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation, Martha Lomas, and the Honduran Minister for Technical Matters and International Cooperation, Karen Zelaya, recently signed an agreement of cooperation that includes joint programs for scholarships, educational training, internships, and technical visits. The agreement also covers expert technical assistance in areas of special […]