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Bolivia advances in trade agreement with the EU

By Orpan - 14/04/2019
Bolivia advances in trade agreement with the EU

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Diego Pary, expressed his optimism on the progress being made to reach a commercial agreement between with the European Union (EU).

At the beginning of April, a Bolivian commission held meetings with representatives of the EU in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss issues related to market access for goods and services, public purchases, investments and intellectual property, among other topics.

“It was a very positive meeting, both sides have agreed on the need to move forward with this trade agreement”, Blanco said at a press conference.

The initiative seeks to increase Bolivian exports to Europe, in addition to strengthening the alliance of the EU with the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), the South American bloc formed by Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

According to the Bolivian Foreign Trade Institute (IBCE), between 2007 and November 2018, Bolivia exported USD 8,120 million to the EU, while imports totaled USD 10,240 million. 

By Orpan - 14/04/2019
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.