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Trade policy, standards, and development in Central America, Volume 1
Author:Hufbauer, Gary Clyde; Kotschwar, Barbara; Wilson,John S.; Country:Central America;
Date Stored:2001/04/27Document Date:2001/03/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Administrative & Regulatory Law; Economic Theory & Research; Free Trade; Health Economics & Finance; Labor Policies; Trade and Regional Integration
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Economic Policy
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:WPS2576
Sub Sectors:TradeCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2576
Volume No:1  

Summary: After reviewing the current state of standards and trade in Central America, the authors suggest top priorities for reform from a trade policy perspective in a new and increasingly important area of public policy and development. They conclude that it makes sense to: a) take a regional rather than a national approach to setting up accreditation, testing, and metrology infrastructure - to share equipment, experts, and information to get more bang out of limited funding; b) promote regional bodies as venues for Central American countries to develop common positions in international discussions of the development of standards; c) regionalize information-gathering efforts and use information technology to disseminate that information rapidly; and d) push for a sunset clause in international standards developments, because standards have value only if adopted and used.

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