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The Dominican Republic Participates in CAFTA Negotiations In November 2003, the United States announced that the Dominican Republic would participate in the negotiations. On 12 January 2004, the United States and the Dominican Republic launched the first of three rounds of negotiations to integrate the Dominican Republic into CAFTA. Negotiations ended on 15 March 2004 and draft texts of the agreement were published on 9 April. The debate on the relevance of labour laws has not been resolved to the satisfaction of a party, but there has been little disagreement that labour law enforcement is a persistent problem and that union formation is not widespread. In their own report, CAFTA-DR countries recognized the lack of financial resources and technical know-how to implement good working practices, a problem that will also take time and resources to overcome it. These issues were raised several times in the Mock-Markups of draft implementing legislation of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, on June 14 and 15, 2005, respectively. The Senate Finance Committee voted in favour of the bill by 11 to 9 votes, with a non-binding amendment that would have extended the trade adjustment assistance program to service sector workers. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 25 to 16 in favour of the bill and added a non-binding amendment that contains “a requirement that the administrative report on the capacity-building activities of CAFTA-DR and the United States” and a provision requiring monitoring of the impact of CAFTA-DR on the U.S. service industry. A “false conference” did not take place, to the dismay of some Members. The U.S.
Congress. House of Representatives. Commission on Roads and Means. Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. Free Trade Agreement Act. H.Rept. 109-182, 50-51. The accessory agreement is available on www.ustr.gov and for a summary of the debate, see Brevetti, Rosella. Opponents of CAFTA are blowing up the U.S.
position on Guatemala`s data protection law. International Trade Reporter. BNA, Inc. March 10, 2005. See also: REPORT CRS RS21609, The WTO, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Access to Medicines Controversy, by [autor name scrubbed]. In May 2004, the Salvadoran American National Network, the largest national federation of Central American community organizations in the United States, spoke out against CAFTA, which they said was not ideologically motivated: “As immigrants, we deeply understand the potential benefits of better transnational cooperation.