|作者：||El Salvador and Cuba|
Note on the meeting of 28 JUNE 2021
Chairman: H.E. Dr. Muhammad Mujtaba Piracha (Pakistan)
1. The 14th Dedicated Session on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) was convened in document WTO/AIR/COMTD/RTA/9/Rev.1 of 18 June 2021. Under item D (IV) of the agenda, the Committee considered the Partial Scope Agreement between El Salvador and Cuba (Goods) (WT/COMTD/RTA20/N/1, WT/COMTD/RTA20/1, WT/COMTD/RTA20/2). The present document contains the minutes relating to the consideration of this agreement.
2. The Chairman said that the Partial Scope Agreement between El Salvador and Cuba was notified under paragraph 4(a) of the Enabling Clause on 27 November 2013. It was originally circulated on 29 November 2013 in document WT/COMTD/N/43, and then re-circulated on 16 April 2021 in document WT/COMTD/RTA20/N/1, in accordance with the new symbols for notifications and subsequent documentation relating to RTAs agreed to by the CTD at its 108th Regular Session on 5 April 2019. The factual presentation – document WT/COMTD/RTA20/1 dated 16 April 2021 – had been prepared by the Secretariat on its own responsibility, and in full consultation with the parties. Written questions from Thailand, as well as the replies received from El Salvador, were circulated in document WT/COMTD/RTA20/2.The representative of El Salvador said that Cuba and El Salvador resumed diplomatic relations in 2009, and had rapidly re-established special ties of friendship, solidarity, cooperation and complementarity. In terms of commerce, both countries had complementary markets, and trade had been increasing. In 2011, negotiations began on the signing of a Partial Scope Economic Complementarity Agreement with a view to strengthening existing trade relations through the establishment of tariff preferences for products originating in the parties, and the elimination of non‑tariff restrictions in bilateral trade, on a predictable, transparent and permanent basis. The agreement constituted a step towards boosting Latin American integration, while remaining consistent with the rights and obligations acquired by both parties within the WTO framework, and with the rights and obligations of El Salvador as a Member State of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and its Economic Integration Subsystem. Negotiations were conducted in three rounds between March and September 2011. The agreement was signed in San Salvador on 19 September 2011 and entered into force on 1 August 2012. With this agreement, opportunities for exporting to Cuba initially opened up for 433 Salvadoran products in sectors such as those producing plastics; bakery products and biscuits; candies; chocolate; snacks and beverages, among others. Duty-free access to the Cuban market was granted for 299 Salvadoran products, including among others prepared or preserved tuna; food preparations; fertilizers and paper bags. With the deepening of the agreement in October 2018, preferential tariff treatment was extended to 111 Salvadoran products. The products benefitting from this arrangement included food preparations; juices and nectars; rice; roasted coffee and cocoa beans and preparations thereof; maize for sowing and maize flour; boxes and various products of plastic; cement; agricultural tools; polypropylene sacks and foods obtained by the swelling of cereals. The agreement had also made it easier for Salvadoran importers to import Cuban products such as flowers; fruits and vegetables; cocoa products; rum; tobacco; ceramics; furniture and white goods.
 The general minutes of the CTD's 14th Dedicated Session on RTAs are contained in document WT/COMTD/RTA/M/14.