China and Ecuador will sign a free trade agreement after almost a year of negotiations, Ecuador’s president said Tuesday, with the deal expected to boost growth in the South American country.
“Good news to start 2023. The FTA negotiation between China and Ecuador has been successfully concluded,” President Guillermo Lasso said on Twitter.
“Our exports will have preferential access to the largest market in the world, our industries will be able to acquire machinery and inputs at lower costs.”
China is one of Ecuador’s main trading partners, with bilateral trade estimated at more than $10 billion annually.
It was Ecuador’s main non-oil trade partner in the first half of 2022, the Trade Ministry in Quito said.
No date had been set yet for the formal signing of the deal, which would take place after formalities were completed, it said.
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