Managing Unintended Consequences in Regional Aid for Trade Infrastructure Projects: The Case of the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways (RICAM)

29 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2010

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Bradly J. Condon

ITAM - School of Law

Tapen Sinha

Chennai Mathematical Institute; Nottingham University Business School; Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Division of Actuarial Science, Statistics and Mathematics

Date Written: September 25, 2010

Abstract

We focus on the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways (RICAM), which forms part of the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project. RICAM is a trade-related infrastructure project that aims to promote regional development through trade. It will facilitate the transportation of goods and people by reducing travel time and improving border efficiency in the transportation corridor between Mexico and Colombia.

We propose that the RICAM project adopt measures to reduce the risk that this transportation corridor becomes a focal point for the transmission of HIV/AIDS and associated sexually transmitted diseases. Central America has some of the highest HIV infection rates in the hemisphere. The association between trucking routes, trade and HIV transmission has been well-documented in other settings. However, prevention programs in India and Africa have succeeded in reducing HIV transmission along transportation corridors. We recommend that similar prevention programs be implemented for RICAM.

Keywords: AIDS for Trade, RICAM, Plan Panama Puebla, HIV, AIDS, Highway Projects, Trucking Dispute

JEL Classification: F35, O19

Suggested Citation

Condon, Bradly J. and Sinha, Tapen, Managing Unintended Consequences in Regional Aid for Trade Infrastructure Projects: The Case of the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways (RICAM) (September 25, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1682570 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1682570

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