Costa Rica and CAFTA: Chavista Rhetoric Threatens Trade Deal’s Benefits

On October 7, voters in Costa Rica will decide whether to join the United States–Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). CAFTA would bring tremendous benefits to Costa Rica, as it has already to Costa Rica’s Central American neighbors. This bright future is being jeopardized by an alliance of protectionist anti-free traders in the U.S. Congress and Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.

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