New Northern Winds for Central America

Strengthening trade between the US and the region, fighting corruption in the Northern Triangle and reducing illegal migration flows, are some of the axes on which Joe Biden, the US president who has been sworn in, is expected to focus.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Biden, representative of the Democratic Party and winner of the last US elections, whose results were close, arrives at the White House to replace Donald Trump.

The new US president assumed power on the morning of January 20, in a context of falling economic activity, high levels of unemployment, a health crisis caused by the spread of covid-19 and social divisions within the country due to the results of the last election, in which Trump was defeated.

Although Biden will spend much of his time on domestic issues, his administration will also have to take positions on issues that are transcendental for Central America.

Nuria Marin, analyst and political scientist, told that "... Biden's voting record on trade agreements leaves doubts: The Democrat also supported the agreement with Mexico and Canada (Nafta), but not the one with Central America and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA)."

For Steve Liston, director of the Council of the Americas, due to the fact that President Biden values "... the importance that Latin America has for the U.S. in political and economic terms", it is expected that the trade agreements signed with the countries of the region, including DR-CAFTA, will be taken advantage of, according to an article published by

Prior to Biden's arrival at the White House, Juan Carlos Paredes, economic analyst, explained to that ".... The U.S. observes as a problem the cases of corruption that have spread to several sectors in recent years, in the sense that social and economic issues are not being addressed, nor the stable conditions of the country, which motivates people to migrate in an irregular manner."

Regarding the situation in Central America, Biden's Plan of Government explains that "...fundamental to becoming a secure, democratic and prosperous place is to ensure that the nations of Central America, especially El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the Northern Triangle countries, are strong, secure and capable of providing opportunities for the future for their own people."

"As President, Biden will immediately remove the Trump Administration's draconian immigration policies and galvanize international action to address the poverty and insecurity that drive Northern Triangle migrants to the United States. Central American governments and societies have the primary responsibility to address the drivers of emigration in their own countries, but the depth of the necessary reforms requires sustained international assistance and cooperation," the document states. See the full document.

See article "Biden arrives at the White House: this will be the direction of his administration in key areas for Costa Rica" and "Biden supports agreements with Latin America to boost economic recovery after pandemic".

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