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Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia

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  • Barbara Kotschwar

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    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

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In Latin America, inadequate transportation infrastructure has been identified as an increasingly important impediment to the region's further integration in global trade and a significant factor preventing countries from properly taking advantage of the multitude of regional, plurilateral, and bilateral trade agreements signed in the past decade and a half. This paper examines transport and communications infrastructure initiatives in Latin American and Asian regional trade arrangements and finds several lessons Asia can teach Latin America.

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Paper provided by Peterson Institute for International Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number WP12-6.

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Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iie:wpaper:wp12-6

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Keywords: trade; infrastructure; regional trade agreements (RTAs); transport costs; transport infrastructure; cooperation; East Asia; Latin America;

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