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Asia-Latin America Free Trade Agreements: An Instrument for Inter-Regional Liberalization and Integration?

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  • Wignaraja, Ganeshan

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Ramizo, Dorothea

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Burmeister, Luca

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

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    Trade integration and free trade agreement (FTA)-led cooperation between Asia and Latin America has increased since the early 2000s. Using new criteria, this paper examines whether Asia-Latin America FTAs have facilitated market-led integration by liberalizing trade and behind the border regulatory barriers. Overall Asia-Latin America FTAs provide the foundations for inter-regional integration by liberalizing goods and services trade as well as some regulatory barriers. Future FTAs can support deeper integration by reducing residual regulatory barriers. Other policy priorities include forming a large inter-regional FTA, stimulating business use of FTAs and accelerating structural reforms.

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    Paper provided by Asian Development Bank Institute in its series ADBI Working Papers with number 382.

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    Length: 52 pages
    Date of creation: 25 Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0382

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    Keywords: asia; latin america; free trade agreements; inter-regional liberalization; trade integration; market-led integration;

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