Fourteen years after the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed it has been fully implemented. Starting
"NAFTA has served as a model and foundation for our ongoing efforts to advance the objective of trade liberalization," Conner says. "In this hemisphere, the positive lessons from NAFTA have helped facilitate the move toward the free flow of agricultural products between an ever expanding number of countries. Our recently concluded trade agreements with Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru, and, pending Congressional approval, Colombia and Panama, will strengthen democratic institutions, strip away barriers to trade, eliminate tariffs, open markets, and promote investment, economic growth and opportunity."