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Toward Free Trade in the Americas - Maryse Robert

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780815700890
Number Of Pages: 256

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In the past 15 years, the nations of the Western Hemisphere have staged a remarkable revolution—in the way they trade with their neighbors. First, after decades of restrictive import policies, several countries began to liberalize their trade and investment regimes. Then, beginning a decade ago, numerous bilateral and sub-regional trade agreements were achieved, to serve as vital complements to domestic reforms and to foster trade flows among member countries. At the Second Summit of the Americas in 1998, negotiations among 34 democracies were launched to establish the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). This report takes stock of the remarkable progress to date in the development of free trade in the Western Hemisphere. It examines trade flows between countries in the same regional groupings and between members of different sub-regional arrangements. The report describes the main characteristics of the trade arrangements signed between countries of the Hemisphere and explores the development of trade rules in these arrangements. Finally, the report details recent advances in the construction of the FTAA.

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Trade and Investment Flows: Hemispheric Trends
Trade and Investment Flows in the Americasp. 9
Regional Trade Arrangements
Customs Unionsp. 45
Free Trade Agreementsp. 87
Preferential and Partial Scope Trade Agreementsp. 108
Trade Rules in the Americas
Trade in Goods and Agriculturep. 125
Standards and Technical Barriers to Tradep. 141
Servicesp. 163
Investmentp. 186
Intellectual Property Rightsp. 207
Competition Policyp. 230
Government Procurementp. 244
Dispute Settlementp. 255
The Road Ahead: The Free Trade Area of the Americas
The FTAA Process: From Miami 1994 to Quebec 2001p. 279
Integration and Interdependence in the Americasp. 303
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780815700890
ISBN-10: 081570089X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48