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The CAFTA Question: Creating Growth or Entrenching Poverty?

Global Women's Project | Fri, Jun 17, 2005

By Jill Rauh
Many involved in the debate around the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) come to the table promoting the idea that the agreement will, as the agreement's preamble states, "create new opportunities for economic and social development in the region." But is that really the case?"


Many involved in the debate around the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) come to the table promoting the idea that the agreement will, as the agreement's preamble states, "create new opportunities for economic and social development in the region." But is that really the case?

"The Central America-Dominican Republic region is one that is very much in need of economic growth and social development. Five of the six countries from the region who are partners to the agreement rank among the lowest economic performers in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Poverty rates and social indicators indicate that malnutrition and unemployment are high, while education is low," writes Jill Rauh, U.S. Gender and Trade Network (USGTN) Research Affiliate, in her recent, in-depth analysis of the myths and facts of CAFTA.

"If the U.S.-DR-CAFTA could bring the growth and development it promises, then the agreement could be an important tool in turning around a bleak situation," she writes, "but will the implementation of free trade in Central America and the Dominican Republic bring about economic growth and development? Unfortunately, the answer is no."


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