Why a Colombia-U.S. trade promotion agreement? Columbia-USA Trade Promotion Agreement supports more U.S. jobs, increases U.S. exports and increases U.S. competitiveness. This comprehensive trade agreement removes tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports, expands trade between our two countries and stimulates economic growth in both countries. In the first ten months of Mr. Santos`s government in Colombia, 104 workers and human rights defenders were murdered. One category of human rights violations involves the killing of more than 50 Chiefs of Legal Left workers by paramilitaries and death squads, and there have sometimes been accusations of involvement of multinational corporations. In some cases, this has resulted in damaging public charges and even legal proceedings for several U.S. and Canadian multinationals (including Dole, Coca-Cola, Drummond Coal and Chiquita, formerly a united Fruit Company).

Colombia`s Sintraminercol mining union said many international mining companies already working in Colombia have a record of paramilitary cooperation and the lax environment. The agreement has struggled to get through Congress for years because of the persistence of these issues. The United States-Colombia Trade Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) (CTPA) is a bilateral free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia. On November 27, 2006, U.S. Deputy Trade Representative John Veroneau and Colombian Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Jorge Humberto Botero were signed. CTPA is a comprehensive agreement that will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to trade in goods and services between the United States and Colombia[1], including government procurement, investment, telecommunications, e-commerce, intellectual property rights and the protection of labor and the environment[2] The U.S. Congress. The Colombian Congress approved the agreement and an amendment protocol in 2007. The Colombian Constitutional Court completed its review in July 2008 and concluded that the agreement was in accordance with the Colombian Constitution. President Obama instructed the U.S. Trade Representative`s office to find a way to address outstanding issues related to the Colombian Free Trade Agreement.

[3] The U.S. Congress took over the agreement and passed it on October 12, 2011.