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NAFTA's Exaggerated Promise for Immigration

Monday, June 30, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

NAFTA was never intended to serve as a mechanism to regulate the flow of labor. And it failed to meet policymakers' promises of creating sufficient jobs in Mexico. Nevertheless, it has established a framework for trilateral discussions on migration. Read the entire article in the Summer 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Don't Trash NAFTA

Monday, June 30, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly Summer 2008

Blaming NAFTA—and free trade in general—for job losses is misplaced. As the U.S. continues to debate a 15-year-olf trade agreement, other countries are negotiating their own pacts—a fact that should prod the U.S. to not only strengthen NAFTA but also reinforce its commitment to trade expansion. Read the full article in the Summer 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Improved Infrastructure: Latin America's Gateway to Global Markets

Monday, May 12, 2008

FedEx Express' Juan Cento warns that the while Latin America has experience its highest economic growth rates since the late 1970s, poor transportation infrastructure and regulatory barriers "undermine the region's competitive strengths." He suggests the development of public and private sector partnerships to boost regional infrastructure. ... Read More

Book Launch: Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

Friday, May 9, 2008

At the AS/COA book launch for Can America Compete?, a panel including the publication's contributions and co-editor debated whether Latin America's growth is sustainable and will allow the region to to break the cyclical boom and bust pattern that has historically characterized its economy. ... Read More

38th Washington Conference: "The Globalization of the Americas"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

The Council of the Americas held the 38th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas on May 6 and 7, drawing together a selection of the region's most influential officials—including the presidents of the United States and Panama—to address the most pressing policy issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Read more and access program summaries, as well as audio, from the conference. ... Read More

NACC Report to Leaders: Meeting the Global Challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The North American Competitiveness Council provided a report on April 22 at the North American Leaders Summit in New Orleans. The report argues that government and business leaders must work harder to broaden public understanding of the benefits that flow from liberalized trade and investment within North America. ... Read More