Economic integration, or regional integration, is an agreement among nations to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and agree on fiscal policies. 1. And within the United States, no location is as well positioned as Florida to act as the gateway to the CAFTA-DR markets. (Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands), all of which signed a treaty to run their coal and steel industries under a common management. In particular, competitiveness and efficiency have become higher priorities, although company owners and managers still like to surround themselves with people they know and to groom their sons and sometimes their daughters to be their successors. Additionally, the expansion of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has caused smaller regional agreements to become obsolete. Today, the EU has twenty-seven member countries. Free Trade Area 2. Identify the major regional economic areas of cooperation. 1. Focused primarily on economic growth and cooperation, the regional group has met with success in liberalizing and promoting free trade as well as facilitating business, economic, and technical cooperation between member economies. In 2009, ASEAN and India also signed the ASEAN–India Free Trade Agreement (FTA). As a free trade agreement, the member countries can establish their own trading rules for nonmember countries. In the 1980s, Mexico had tariffs as high as 100 percent on select goods. Start studying International Business Chapter 9: Regional Economic Integration. Plus, post-independence conflict in Africa has left much of the continent with a legacy of poor governance and a lack of political integration which free trade zones aim to address…. Some scholars see regional integration simply as the process by which states within a particular region increase their level interaction with regard to economic, security, political, or social and cultural issues. The second impediment to integration arises from concerns over national sovereignty. Integration creates both winners and losers, however. Andean Community of Nations—Andean Pact website, accessed April 30, 2011. The European Union (EU) is considered in many parts of the world a role model and inspiration for regional economic integration processes. The reason: clothing prices have fallen, exports have increased, and sales to apparel factories have surged. Individually, the European countries would never have the economic power they now have collectively as the EU. All of the Visegrad Group have relatively developed free-market economies and have formal ties.“About the Visegrad Group,” International Visegrad Fund, accessed December 30, 2010, http://visegradgroup.eu/main.php?folderID=858. Regional integration helps countries overcome divisions that impede the flow of goods, services, capital, people and ideas. Economic integration has been one of the main economic developments affecting international trade in the last years. As a result of CAFTA-DR, more than 80 percent of goods exported from the United States into the region are no longer subject to tariffs.“Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR),” Export.gov, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.export.gov/FTA/cafta-dr/index.asp. Over the first decade of the agreement, almost all tariffs between Mexico, Canada, and the United States were phased out. US companies, for example, sell more than $25 billion in products to the Latin American and Caribbean regions annually, ranking it among the top US export markets. Their licenses helped make this book available to you. Overall, global businesses have benefited from the regional trade agreements by having more consistent criteria for investment and trade as well as reduced barriers to entry. The EPA negotiations revealed important gaps between political ambitions and economic reality in African regional integration. It shows how the EU can come out stronger from this crisis and how it can be turned into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity, and social cohesion. As a political and economic organization, the group focuses on trade, economic, and social issues.Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf website, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.gcc-sg.org/eng/index.html. Accordingly, the organization has its own governing and decision-making institutions. There are four types of economic integration. For example, American companies doing business in one of the ASEAN countries often choose to become members of the US–ASEAN Business Council, so that they can monitor and possibly influence new trade regulations as well as advance their business interests with government entities. Thus, it is not surprising that most attempts to achieve integration have progressed slowly and with hesitation. While it is hard for 100 countries to agree on something, (e.g. The Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was founded in 1989 by twelve countries as an informal forum. For details on it (including licensing), click here. That is positive sum game, as all countries can benefit. The Common Market of the South, Mercado Común del Sur or MERCOSUR, was originally established in 1988 as a regional trade agreement between Brazil and Argentina and then was expanded in 1991 to include Uruguay and Paraguay. Regional economic integration has enabled countries to focus on issues that are relevant to their stage of development as well as encourage trade between neighbors. In the opening case study, you read about the pressures on the EU and the resistance by each of the governments in Europe to make policy adjustments to address the recession. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into being during a period when free trade and trading blocs were popular and positively perceived. Economic integration, process in which two or more states in a broadly defined geographic area reduce a range of trade barriers to advance or protect a set of economic goals. It includes economic integration of various trading areas of different countries. Regional economic integration is an agreement among countries in a geographic region to reduce and ultimately remove, tariff and non tariff barriers to the free flow of goods or services and factors of production among each others. Regional economic integration is when exists a trade agreement between countries within a region that agree to lower tariffs and regulations with each other; in some cases they may agree to trade some items exclusively. Customs Unions 3. Those factors more than compensate for the loss of jobs. Member countries remove all barriers to trade between themselves but are free to independently determine trade policies with nonmember nations. Second, there are more EU member countries than there are countries using the euro. MERCOSUR constituents compose nearly half of the wealth created in all of Latin America as well as 40 percent of the population. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, “Fast Facts: North American Free Trade Agreement,” December 15, 2009, accessed December 30, 2010. The rules governing origin of content are key to NAFTA. However, the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993 stands out as an important moment; it’s when the real economic union was created. Staffed with lawyers in an advocacy department, global firms work to maintain relationships with all of the interested parties. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008), 89, accessed April 30, 2011, http://books.google.com/books?id=z2tEhXnm1rAC&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=will+chile+join+nafta+2009 &source=bl&ots=iohSe7YV0E&sig=BjQr2KOx0lsrAGhv5vMqeb9LhFU&hl=en&ei=hLu8 TZ3LPNDAgQeZusjqBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDoQ6A EwBQ#v=onepage&q=will%20chile%20join%20nafta%202009&f=false. 1. free trade area. Since a regional common market obviously provides a much larger market than that offered by the domestic market of a single country, economies of scale, both internal and external, become possible with the widened size of the market. Free trade area. Regional economic integration has enabled countries to focus on issues that are relevant to their stage of development as well as encourage trade between neighbors. In 2009, the twenty-seven EU countries signed the Treaty of Lisbon, which amends the previous treaties. Additionally, per the publisher's request, their name has been removed in some passages. Regional economic integration has enabled countries to focus on issues that are relevant to their stage of development as well as encourage trade between neighbors. The biggest advantage of EU membership is the monetary union. The goal of NAFTA has been to encourage trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The six member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). [In October 2008,] plans were agreed to create a “super” free trade zone encompassing 26 African countries, stretching from Libya in the north to South Africa. 1. Ambitiously, in 2017 and after, the AEC intends to foster the creation of a free-trade zone and customs union in its regional blocs. That is positive sum game, as all countries can benefit. Mexican maquiladoras have fared well in this arrangement by being the final production stop before entering the United States or Canada. “Tri-lateral [merchandise] trade has nearly tripled since NAFTA came into force in 1994. The European Economic Area (EEA) was established on January 1, 1994, following an agreement between the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the EC (later the EU). More than this, the integration is helping transform national relations among South American nations and with the world as a whole, forging a new sense of shared leadership and shared purpose, which is sending ripples of hope across the continent and beyond. In 1957, the six nations signed the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and created a common market between the members. Given its broader membership than ASEAN, APEC has found good success—once its member countries agree. Has this book helped you? Figure 5.3 Countries in the EU (as of May 1, 2011). Whether regional integration is in the economic interests of the participants depends upon the extent of trade creation as opposed to trade diversion. Whether the EU, with its significant cultural and language differences in neighboring countries, can achieve similar benefits remains to be seen. The second was to set up monetary and fiscal targets for member countries. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. China is eager for Hong Kong and Taiwan to serve as gateways to its massive market. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), or simply the Caribbean Community, was formed in 1973 by countries in the Caribbean with the intent of creating a single market with the free flow of goods, services, labor, and investment.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat website, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.caricom.org/index.jsp. The largest regional trade cooperative agreements are the European Union (EU), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Some trading blocs have resulted in agreements that have been more substantive than others in creating economic cooperation. NAFTA’s rules ensure that a foreign exporter won’t just ship to the NAFTA country with the lowest tariff for nonmember countries. The European Union (EU) is the most integrated form of economic cooperation. Originally signed in 1992, CEFTA’s founding members were the Visegrad Group, also called the Visegrad Four or V4, which is an alliance of four Central European states—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Before the current constitution was written, the thirteen colonies had erected significant barriers to trade between each other and had separate currencies. The low standard of living in Chiapas and of Indians throughout Mexico remains a significant challenge for the Mexican government. The Mexican government has indicated that improving the social conditions in the region is a high priority. Of course, there are pros and cons for creating regional agreements. Regional economic integration refers to efforts to promote free and fair trade on a regional basis. Enterprise Florida, “Your Business: International,” The CAFTA Intelligence Center, accessed December 30, 2010. The Mexican economy has undergone dramatic changes during the last decade and a half as the country has become integrated into the global marketplace. Since then, Canada, Mexico, and the United States have each negotiated bilateral trade agreements with Chile, but there is still occasional mention that Chile may one day join NAFTA.Anthony DePalma, “Passing the Torch on a Chile Trade Deal,” New York Times, January 7, 2001, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/07/business/economic-view-passing-the-torch-on-a-chile-trade-deal.html. An example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada is currently negotiating a similar treaty called the Canada Central American Free Trade Agreement. It’s likely that any resulting agreements will have to reconcile differences in rules and regulations with NAFTA as well as any other existing agreements.“What Is CAFTA?,” CAFTA Intelligence Center, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.caftaintelligencecenter.com/subpages/What_is_CAFTA.asp. While it is hard for 100 countries to agree on something, (e.g. The GCC has become as much a political organization as an economic one. 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Now the world’s fourth-largest trading bloc after the EU, NAFTA, and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN),Joanna Klonsky and Stephanie Hanson, “Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc,” Council on Foreign Relations, August 20, 2009, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.cfr.org/trade/mercosur-south-americas-fractious-trade-bloc/p12762. Regional economic integration refers to efforts to promote free and fair trade on a regional basis. The opening case study addressed some of the current challenges the EU is facing as a result of the impact of these aims. It implies the elimination of economic boarders between countries. While a set of nations as a whole may benefit significantly from a regional free trade agreement, certain groups may lose. macro-economic issues, regional integration, evaluation and development measurement. The United States, as the largest country member in NAFTA, won’t give up its rights to independently determine its economic and trade policies. In the case of the EU, both a desire to decrease the likelihood of another world war and an interest in being strong enough to stand up to the US and USSR were factors in its creation. Definition of economic integration The combination of several national economies into a larger territorial unit. Economic … According to Europa, which is the official website of the EU (http://europa.eu), the EU member states have formed a single market with more than five hundred million people, representing 7 percent of the world’s population. [Charles Wyplosz] The general rationale is that when countries integrate themselves, they provide “favours” resulting in wider and better opportunities for all and similarly, borrowers can tap the world pool of savings and they are supposed to benefit from that. Businesses have to monitor and navigate these evolving trade agreements to make sure that one or more agreements don’t negatively impact their businesses in key countries. Beyond that, there are hopes for a shared currency and eventual economic and monetary union. “Trade between the EU and the GCC countries totalled €79 billion in 2009 and should increase under the FTA. This is slowly changing, spurred in part by an aggressive cadre of young professionals who pursued graduate education in the United States. Your email address will not be published. In the past decade, there has been an increase in these trading blocs with more than one hundred agreements in place and more in discussion. Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, and Turkey are the next set of candidates for future membership. “Future for Europe,” Europa, accessed April 30, 2011. “ASEAN Countries to Integrate Regional Capital Markets by 2015,” Asia Economic Institute, accessed April 30, 2011. “About ASEAN,” Association of Southeast Asian Nations, accessed April 30, 2011. “About APEC: History,” Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation, accessed April 30, 2011, Keith B. 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Since the mid-1960s, production facilities known as maquiladoras have been a regular feature of Mexican border towns, especially along the Texas and New Mexico borders. The challenges for businesses include finding themselves outside of a new trading bloc or having the “rules” for their industry change as a result of new trade agreements. The process of regional integration has led to the creation of the European Union. Many Canadian and US companies have chosen to locate their manufacturing or production facilities in Mexico rather than Asia, which was geographically far from their North American bases. This is “Regional Economic Integration”, section 5.2 from the book Challenges and Opportunities in International Business (v. 1.0). Regional integration is the process by which two or more nation-states agree to co-operate and work closely together to achieve peace, stability and wealth. Similarly, Canadian and US companies have sought to enter the expanding Mexican domestic market. Among its various initiatives, the GCC calls for the coordination of a unified military presence in the form of a Peninsula Shield Force.“Stop Meddling in Our Affairs: GCC Countries Tell Iran,” The Middle East Times, April 4, 2011, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.mideast-times.com/left_news.php?newsid=1628. Several regional agreements function as pillars of the AEC:Wikipedia, s.v. Regional economic Integration refers to cooperation between various countries of a particular region in order to develop that particular area. And while strong economic relations remain the basis for mutual ties, the EU and the GCC also share common interests in areas such as the promotion of alternative energy, thus contributing to the resolution of climate change and other pressing environmental concerns; the promotion of proper reform for the global economic and financial policies; and the enhancement of a comprehensive rules-based international system.”Gonzalo de Benito, Luigi Narbone, and Christian Koch, “The Bonds between the GCC and EU Grow Deeper,” The National, June 12, 2010, accessed May 23, 2011, http://www.grc.ae/index.php?frm_module=contents&frm_action=detail_book&frm_type_id=&op_lang =en&override=Articles+%3E+The+Bonds+between+the+GCC+and+EU+Grow+ Deeper&sec=Contents&frm_title=&book_id=69542. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many Europeans see the need to speak more than one language fluently! Third, the treaty called for a political union, which would include the development of a common foreign and defense policy and common citizenship. Because the EU’s $18.4 trillion economy makes up 30 percent of the world economy, its poor prospects are likely to rebound on the United States, Asia, and other regions.“Staring into the Abyss,” Economist, July 8, 2010, accessed December 28, 2010, http://www.economist.com/node/16536898. However, more than regional, WTO has a global perspective. By and large, Canadians have been supportive of NAFTA and exports to the region have increased in the period since implementation. Free trade area. The World Bank Group helps its client countries to promote regional integration through common physical and institutional infrastructure. For example, this origin of content rule has ensured that cheap Asian manufacturers wouldn’t negotiate lower tariffs with one NAFTA country, such as Mexico, and dump cheap products into Canada and the United States. Free trade and movement of goods, services, capital, and factors of production allow for the most efficient use of resources. Economic integration. The first was to establish a single, common currency, which went into effect in 1999. Companies that choose to manufacture in one country find it easier and cheaper to move goods between member countries in that trading bloc without incurring tariffs or additional regulations. DonorsChoose.org helps people like you help teachers fund their classroom projects, from art supplies to books to calculators. This single market permits the free flow of goods, service, capital, and people within the EU.“Four Market Freedom Which Benefit Us All,” Europa, accessed December 30, 2010, http://europa.eu/pol/singl/index_en.htm. Long-term relationships are still the foundation on which trust is established and business is built. The entire history of the transformation of the EEC to the EU has been an evolutionary process. Maquiladoras employ more than a million Mexicans, mostly unskilled women in their twenties and early thirties who work long hours. At the same time, it’s making the CAFTA-DR countries richer and increasing the purchasing power of their citizens. For international companies looking to access these markets, the United States, recognized worldwide for its stable regulatory and legal framework and for its robust infrastructure, is the most logical place to set up operations. To download a .zip file containing this book to use offline, simply click here. Canadian and US consumers have benefited from the lower-cost Mexican agricultural products. Economic integration is the unification of economic policies between different states, through the partial or full abolition of tariff and non-tariff restrictions on trade.. Once highly protected, Mexico is now open for business. Regional economic integration has enabled countries to focus on issues that are relevant to their stage of development as well as encourage trade between neighbors. The Europe 2020 strategy put forth by the European Commission sets out a vision of the EU’s social market economy for the twenty-first century. Mohsin Khan, “The GCC Monetary Union: Choice of Exchange Rate Regime,” Peterson Institute for International Economics, April 2009, accessed April 30, 2011, Nadim Kawach, “Unrest Will Not Affect GCC Monetary Union: Bahrain Central Bank Governor Says Union Remains Open for Other Members,”. For example, the United Kingdom voted in 2016 to leave the EU, which will impact British trade and immigration. MERCOSUR has brought nations with long-standing rivalries together. Perhaps the best example of the benefits of economic integration and political union is the USA. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was created in 1967 by five founding-member countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Normally, the author and publisher would be credited here. While other countries and the EU have ongoing dialogues with ASEAN, the US–ASEAN Business Council is the most formal approach. An important challenge facing many firms and governments is what should be done to minimize the costs of transition to freer markets regionally as well as internationally. (2) By linking countries together, they have greater influence and are politically much stronger in dealing with other nations. Some of the regional blocs also created side agreements with other regional groups leading to a web of trade agreements and understandings. When it was introduced, NAFTA was highly controversial, particularly in the United States, where many felt it would send US jobs to Mexico. Many groups within a country do not accept the case for integration, especially those that are likely to be hurt or those that feel that sovereignty and individual discretion will be reduced. Shortly after it was approved and implemented, the United States started to negotiate a similar agreement with Mexico. Economic integration. Regional Economic Integration means agreements between groups of countries in a geographic region to reduce and ultimately remove tariff and non-tariff barriers for the free flow of goods, services and factors of production between each other. Observers note that there may be the opportunity for NAFTA to expand to include other countries in Latin America.William M. Pride, Robert James Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor, Business, 9th ed. Countries have wanted to engage in economic cooperation to use their respective resources more effectively and to provide large markets for member-countries of the resulting integrated areas. 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