Prospects for Free Trade in the Americas


by Jeffrey J. Schott
August 2001
Book Description

Negotiations on a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) were officially launched at the Santiago Summit in April 1998. This study examines the prospects for the FTAA in light of recent economic and political turmoil in Latin America and the continuing impasse over US "fast-track" authority. The study evaluates progress to date in the trade talks and proposals for accelerating the target date of January 2005 for concluding negotiations, and it takes into account the results of the April 2001 Quebec Summit. It surveys regional interests in the wide-ranging negotiating agenda and assesses the "readiness" of countries to participate in a hemisphere-wide free trade zone (based on updated "readiness indicators" originally developed by Hufbauer and Schott in their 1994 study, Western Hemisphere Economic Integration).

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Road to Free Trade in the Americas 575.9KB

2. Readiness Indicators for Latin America and Caribbean 2.6MB

3. The FTAA: Objectives and National Interest 301.4KB

4. Current Challenges and Prospects 99.9KB

References

Index

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Book Data

August 2001
ISBN paper 0-88132-275-X
152 pp.

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