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Colección: Trends for a common future
Autor: Sidney Weintraub
Título: Technical Cooperation Needs for Hemispheric trade Negotiations
I. Background

There is clear agreement that smaller economies in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) need technical assistance if they are to get the most out of the negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Countries with larger economies can benefit as well from such assistance. Recognition of the need is contained in many hemispheric documents, such as:
  • The OAS Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development, 1997-2001.
  • The proposal by the president of the Inter-American Development Bank for a repayable line of credit to supplement limited grant funds to provide technical cooperation to countries that seek this help to carry out trade negotiations.
  • The request by the Consultative Group on Smaller Economies (CGSE) to the Tripartite Committee (OAS, IDB, and ECLAC) supporting the FTAA negotiations for an updated inventory of trade-related technical assistance offered by international, hemispheric, and national institutions.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the demand side of the technical cooperation (TC) need. The opinions expressed here are based on personal experience in both trade negotiations and development assistance, documents of many of the agencies, hemispheric and otherwise, that provide technical assistance, and from interviews with experts familiar with trade negotiations generally and the FTAA process in particular.