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Legal Instruments of Integration (IJI) Observatory

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This article is a brief summary of the current state of affairs in the field of trade policy (progress on regional negotiations and trade agreements) for the period between October 26 and November 26, 2015.

This month’s trends

During this period, the outlook for regional trade policy was characterized mainly by the presentation of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the discussions around this. Similarly, the immigration crisis in Central America and disputes in Venezuela also dominated the agenda. There have been advances on existing agreements, notably the regional agreements between Chile, Central America, and Mexico with partners both within and outside the region, and the agreements of major integration blocs like ALADI, ACS, the MERCOSUR, SICA, and SELA. Progress was also made on new and advanced negotiations.

 

360º Panorama

Over the course of the month, progress was made on one new agreement, thirty-five existing agreements, and ten trade negotiations (seven advanced and three concluded).

 

New Agreement

 

Advanced Negotiations

  • CELAC defines extraregional relations and prepares upcoming summit
  • Ecuador and Turkey move towards a trade agreement (in Spanish)

 

Concluded Negotiations

 

Selected News on Trade Agreements Currently in Force

 

The IJI is an analytical compilation of regulatory texts, commentaries, and the monitoring of legal commitments and developments concerning the various integration processes taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean. For news and to learn more about the progress made on trade agreements and negotiations, visit IJI.

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