State of the Region 2016: Scarce Integration

The economic and political stability that prevailed between 2011 and 2014 was not taken advantage of to implement relevant measures to deepen the policy of regional integration.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

From the "Regional Integration" section of the V Report on the State of the Region 2016":

General Evaluation 

Between 2011 and 2014, the Central American Integration System (SICA) did not face shocks such as the political crisis or the global economic recession that impacted this work at the end of the last decade. Despite this more favorable context, no significant progress was made in the integration process: no evidence was found that Member States had taken significant initiatives to deepen integrationist policies or modify the structure of regional institutions.  

During the period analyzed two cycles were distinguished. The first, covering the years 2011 and 2012, has a positive balance, as it was characterized by the designing of action plans, defining premises for institutional reform and the launch of the Security Strategy for Central America (ESCA), which managed to attract attention and position Central America once again in a global context and within the geopolitical priorities of strategic partners such as the United States and Europe.  

In the second cycle, covering the 2013-2014 biennium, the dynamism of previous years declined due to a contraction in flows of international cooperation and greater emphasis on countries on their own agendas.

Read full article about "Regional Integration" (in spanish)



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