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Politica de comercio, normas y desarrollo en Centroamerica
 
Author:Hufbauer, Gary Clyde; Kotschwar, Barbara; Wilson,John S.; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2576
Country:Central America; Date Stored:2006/08/29
Document Date:2001/03/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Administrative & Regulatory Law; Environmental Economics & Policies; Labor Policies; Health Economics & Finance; Trade and Regional IntegrationLanguage:Spanish
Major Sector:(Historic)Economic PolicyRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:WPS2576Sub Sectors:Trade
Volume No:1 of 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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