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Singapore And Panama Sign Free Trade Agreement

Singapore signed a free-trade agreement with Panama March 1, the city-state's first pact with a Latin American nation. The Panama-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (PSFTA) will cover issues such as trade in goods and services, customs procedures, telecommunications, financial services and investments, a Singapore government statement said.

The accord also aims to enhance collaboration between the two countries in investment promotion and in science and technology.

Under trade in goods, tariffs on 98% of Singapore exports to Panama will be eliminated while it has committed to provide duty-free access for Panamanian goods.

Panama is Singapore's biggest trading partner in Latin America, with total trade in 2005 worth US$ 1.96 billion. Singapore was Panama's sixth largest trading partner in 2004.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2006

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