This article is a summary of the developments in the field of trade policy (progress on regional negotiations and trade agreements) for the period between September 22 and October, 2015.
NODE i+i (Regional Integration + Social Inclusion) is a forum for shared thinking aimed at disseminating inspiring ideas so as to narrow the inequality gap in the Americas. The first meeting of 50 leaders from the region took place on September 25 and 26 at Columbia University, New York City.
The recent conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) poses major challenges for the MERCOSUR: a possible negative impact on exports, less relevance as a foreign investment destination, and the influence of TPP standards on the multilateral trading system.
The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) celebrated its 50th anniversary alongside world experts in trade, integration, and technology. New production techniques, employment prospects, and the challenges of climate change were some of the topics covered in depth during the event.
Negotiators from the MERCOSUR and the European Union met to discuss the trade liberalization offers they are expected to exchange before the end of the year.
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “Datology: Data-driven decision making” will take place next November 10. This course brings together the efforts of several experts from the Bank and the region and it is part of a series of courses organized by the IDB that are included in Harvard and MIT MOOCs platform.
The aim of this study is to explore the recent integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) into global markets. To this end, this publication contains extracts from ECLAC papers published since 2010.
The main changes in world trade trends and the factors behind the fall in Latin American and Caribbean exports: an in-depth analysis in the new Trade and Integration Monitor.
This article comments on a study of the impact of the internationalization of firms on the Chilean labor market.
Interviews with government officials, academics, and leading world experts on the main trade-related issues and the future of regional integration.
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have great potential to develop creative industries through innovation and as a result of their cultural heritage. The Orange Economy focuses on investing in new capabilities, and attracting and nurturing talent.
World leaders adopted a new agenda for sustainable development at the United Nations (UN). This article details the goals that the major world powers are aiming to achieve.
Brazil and Colombia have signed new bilateral agreements. The most noteworthy of these are the agreements on cooperation and investment facilitation and on trade within the automotive sector.
On October 5 and 6, the third LAB4+ Forum took place in Puebla, México. The event seeks to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
At the meeting, progress on the work agenda was reviewed, as were forthcoming activities in the framework of the Paracas Declaration
Ministers from the Andean Community (CAN) countries and Chile met in Santiago on September 4, 2015, to continue talks on the Andean Electrical Interconnection System.
Eight measures imposed by Argentina have been questioned by Panama before the WTO. In a recent ruling, the WTO has found there to be discrimination in relation to the General Agreement on Trade in Services.
A new Nanomercosur meeting brought representatives from the MERCOSUR nanotechnology sector together in Buenos Aires.
Brazil has proposed the negotiation of an intra-MERCOSUR investment agreement which would include a system for settling disputes between states, instead of the traditional scheme in which private investors may sue states before international courts.
Guyana has sought to liberalize and facilitate trade, attract investment, and improve its business environment.
Central America and Korea carried out the first round of negotiations over a bilateral free trade agreement.
INTAL is inviting people to take part in the INTAL Co-creation Competition, an essay contest on innovative ideas that reflect the debates and issues raised at INTAL 50.
The development of ports and waterways in South America is of vital importance to improving the region’s competitiveness through lower transportation costs. It is also key to promoting sustainable development using modes of transportation that are more efficient in environmental terms. INTAL provided technical support for the workshop that was held on this topic within the framework of COSIPLAN.
Within the framework of the Trade Integration through Postal Services for MSMEs project, the Executive Technical Group held its 2015 meeting. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen work at the regional level on the basis of the needs of those who stand to benefit from the project and the countries that are running it. The work focused on creating collaborative solutions and defining concrete actions to consolidate the system in the region.
This INTAL initiative gave awards to endeavors in which innovation is placed at the service of integration and trade
For the fourth consecutive year, the MIT Technology Review en Español (in Spanish) gave awards to the 10 most innovative young people in Argentina and Uruguay. On this occasion, the finalists visited INTAL-Lab as part of the competition process.
At the event to mark INTAL’s 50th anniversary, the former president of Uruguay insisted that there is a need for greater political will within Latin America in order to move towards a new stage in the integration process.