Economic Integration and the Miami Summit

11 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 1999

Abstract

Colombia?s international agenda with the U.S. reduces to narcotic?s control and liberalization of the economy. Economic integration is a second range policy for both governments? agenda. Returning this policy objective to the edge of a preeminent strategic government and diplomatic commitment is a vital requirement. For negotiation and policy making the time span for integration shortens. Huntington determines that modernization is serious intellectual issues as urbanization, industrialization and social values as education and health improves. Also for promoting productive employment structure changes. Therefore the process of economic integration should be renew as an issue. After all for the Americans sharing common values with Latin Americans is an avenue to common benefit as market enlarges to 850 million consumers and a trade flows may surpass US$ 13 Trillion.

Colombia ha venido condicionando su Agenda Diplomatica con los Estados Unidos, fundamentandose en el control del narcotrafico y en la profundizacion de la apertura economica. Desde la perspectiva estrategica el tema de la integracion economica, no ha merecido toda la atencion por parte del gobierno nacional. Debe constituirse nuevamente en un elemento central de nuestra diplomacia, pues el tiempo para la integracion se acorta. Huntington establece que desde el punto de vista intelectual, el argumento de la modernizacion es serio, involucra el proceso de industrializacion, urbanizacion, elevamiento de los niveles de alfabetismo y educacion, ademas determina la futura estructura ocupacional. El proceso de integracion economica debe ser un punto estrategico de la agenda politica. Para los Estados Unidos como nacion que comparte en su cultura los valores occidentales, la alianza con America Latina es conveniente. Se trata de ampliar el mercado a 850 millones de consumidores y elevar el flujo de comercio por encima de US$13 Trillones de dolares.

Note: Abstract is in English and Spanish. Paper is in Spanish only.

JEL Classification: O19

Suggested Citation

Pérez-Toro, José, Economic Integration and the Miami Summit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=187949 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.187949

José Pérez-Toro (Contact Author)

Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano ( email )

Carrera 4 No 22-61
Bogota, DC Cund 1
Colombia

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