US-Colombia Trade Pact To Start As Labor Fixes Take Hold

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama said Sunday that the long-awaited free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia would take effect May 15, while his administration moved to reassure union allies that Colombia has implemented sufficient reforms meant to protect labor and human rights.

At a joint press conference in Cartagena, Colombia, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Obama called the agreement a win for both countries.

“It's a win for the U.S. by increasing our exports by more than $1 billion, supporting thousands of U.S. jobs and...
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