Net Assessment of Latin American’s Main Trade Blocs

Jan. 29, 2016 Calls for convergence between the two major groups in the region have been growing, as more countries see the benefits of cooperation.

Latin America’s two major trade blocs – Mercosur and Pacific Alliance – will actively pursue convergence efforts in 2016, marking a continuation of a noticeable uptick in political will and activity from governments in the region to increase trade between member states. Together, the blocs’ members account for nearly 90 percent of the region’s total GDP. On paper, the groups initially appear to be incompatible; regional scholars and analysts have pointed out the contrast between the Pacific Alliance’s open market policies and Mercosur’s pursuit...

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