Sanjyot P. Dunung, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide, 2nd ed. First, the EU doesn’t consist of the same countries as the continent of Europe. 33. Europa, the Official Website of the European Union, accessed April 30, 2011. 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. Member countries remove all barriers to trade between themselves but are free to independently determine trade policies with nonmember nations. 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. “About APEC: History,” Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation, accessed April 30, 2011, Keith B. Richburg, “China, Taiwan Sign Trade Pact,”, Lucy Hornby, “Taiwan and China Sign Trade Pact,”, Isaac Stone Fish, “Taiwan Inks Risky Deal with China,”, “Stop Meddling in Our Affairs: GCC Countries Tell Iran,”, Gonzalo de Benito, Luigi Narbone, and Christian Koch, “The Bonds between the GCC and EU Grow Deeper,”, P. K. Abdul Ghafour, “GCC Common Market Becomes a Reality,”. It topped $1 trillion in 2008.”Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, “Fast Facts: North American Free Trade Agreement,” December 15, 2009, accessed December 30, 2010, http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/nafta-alena/fast_facts-faits_saillants.aspx?lang=eng. Sanjyot P. Dunung, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide, 2nd ed. 3. It topped $1 trillion in 2008.”4, Given the 2008 global economic recession and challenging impact on the EU, it isn’t likely that NAFTA will move beyond the free-trade zone status to anything more comprehensive (e.g., the EU’s economic union). 45. The US–ASEAN Business Council is the premiere advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR),” Export.gov, 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. Businesses conducting business with one country in the EU now find it easier and cheaper, in many cases, to transact business with the other EU countries. The rules governing origin of content are key to NAFTA. 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. “Basic Information on the European Union,” Europa, accessed April 30, 2011. What are two ways that regional economic integration can help global companies. P. K. Abdul Ghafour, “GCC Common Market Becomes a Reality,” Arab News, January 2, 2008, accessed April 30, 2011. The GDP of this group of nations is put at $624bn (£382.9bn).44. The pros of creating regional agreements include the following: The cons involved in creating regional agreements include the following: There are more than one hundred regional trade agreements in place, a number that is continuously evolving as countries reconfigure their economic and political interests and priorities. NAFTA’s rules ensure that a foreign exporter won’t just ship to the NAFTA country with the lowest tariff for nonmember countries. In 2007, MERCOSUR members became associate members of the Andean Community, and more cooperative interaction between the trading groups is expected.13, The Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) is a free trade agreement signed into existence in 2005. Maquiladoras in Mexico have seen a 15 percent annual increase in income. In 2002, ASEAN and China signed a free trade agreement that went into effect in 2010 as the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA). 5. 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. “Future for Europe,” Europa, accessed April 30, 2011. Some of the regional blocs also created side agreements with other regional groups leading to a web of trade agreements and understandings. Individually, the European countries would never have the economic power they now have collectively as the EU. The expectation was that these side agreements would ensure that Mexico had to move toward improving working conditions. 1. David A. Sanger, “Chile Is Admitted as North American Free Trade Partner,” New York Times, December 12, 1994, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/12/world/chile-is-admitted-as-north-american-free-trade-partner.html. The European Union is not the only international organisation immersed in a process of regional integration. 28. In all, more than two thousand companies headquartered outside the United States operate in Florida. 4. The two organizations often share common goals and seek to coordinate their efforts. 6. Preferential Trade Agreement. 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. “Institutions and Bodies of the European Union,” Europa, accessed April 30, 2011. Andzej Arendarski, Ludovit Cernak, Vladimir Dlouhy, and Bela Kadar, “Central European Free Trade Agreement,” December 21, 1992, accessed April 30, 2011. The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), was created in 1981. 2. 22. An example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since its launch, the euro has become the world’s second-largest reserve currency behind the US dollar. 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. Similarly, Canadian and US companies have sought to enter the expanding Mexican domestic market. 25. In all, more than two thousand companies headquartered outside the United States operate in Florida. Taiwan was allowed to join the forum, but only under the name Chinese Taipei.32. Today, the EU has twenty-seven member countries. The six member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Despite the perceived benefits, economic policymakers in the EU admit that the Union’s labor markets are suffering from rigidity, regulation, and tax structures that have contributed to high unemployment and low employment responsiveness to economic growth. 2. It’s often called a “spaghetti bowl” of global bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, because the agreements are not linear strands lining up neatly; instead they are a messy mix of crisscrossing strands, like a bowl of spaghetti, that link countries and trading blocs in self-benefiting trading alliances. Maquiladoras employ more than a million Mexicans, mostly unskilled women in their twenties and early thirties who work long hours. However, only partial accords have been reached between the government and the peasants. The opening case study addressed some of the current challenges the EU is facing as a result of the impact of these aims. The expectation was that these side agreements would ensure that Mexico had to move toward improving working conditions. If you are curious about a business career in trade, then you may want to consider combining a business degree with a legal degree for the most impact. The second was to set up monetary and fiscal targets for member countries. Trades in different countries have certain restrictions as well as some tariffs, which can be issued in a very discriminatory manner for sure. Accordingly, the organization has its own governing and decision-making institutions. While Hong Kong is now managed by China as a Special Administrative Region (SAR), it continues to enjoy special economic status. Some of the regional blocs also created side agreements with other regional groups leading to a web of trade agreements and understandings. Taiwan was allowed to join the forum, but only under the name Chinese Taipei.Sanjyot P. Dunung, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide, 2nd ed. The Council leads major business missions to key economies; convenes multiple meetings with ASEAN heads of state and ministers; and is the only U.S. organization to be given the privilege of raising member company concerns in consultations with the ASEAN Finance and Economic Ministers, as well as with the ASEAN Customs Directors-General at their annual meetings. “African Economic Community,” accessed April 30, 2011. ASEAN’s primary focus is on economic, social, cultural, and technical cooperation as well as promoting regional peace and stability. 12. Economists argue that free trade zones are particularly suited to African countries which were created under colonial occupation when land was divided up, often with little regard for the economic sustainability of the newly created plot. 14. Eventually Chile dropped out, while Venezuela joined for about twenty years and left in 2006. “African Economic Community,” accessed April 30, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Economic_Community. There are, however, many overlapping 'regional integration' groupings in Africa pursuing differing and even competing programs, particularly in the trade sphere. 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. Of course, there are pros and cons for creating regional agreements. For this reason, each subsequent type of the RIA covers the content of the previous type in addition to its own requirements. In the long run, NAFTA hasn’t been as impactful as its supporters had hoped nor as detrimental to workers and companies as its critics had feared. 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.”39, In 2008, the GCC formed a common market, enabling free flow of trade, investment, and workers.40 In December 2009, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar created a monetary council with the intent of eventually creating a shared currency.41 Since its creation, the GCC has contributed not only to the expansion of trade but also to the development of its countries and the welfare of its citizens, as well as promoting peace and stability in the region.42, The African Economic Community (AEC) is an organization of the African Union states. overview. There are four main types of regional economic integration. However, only partial accords have been reached between the government and the peasants. 46. 24. “Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR),” Export.gov, accessed April 30, 2011. In fact, CEFTA has served as a preparation for full EU membership and a large proportion of CEFTA foreign trade is with EU countries. “the formal merger of two or more previously independent units into a single larger unit, with some type of common government” (Karl W. Deutsch et al., 1957: 5-6). 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.26 Fixing the EU’s banking system is particularly tricky, because sixteen of the twenty-seven countries share the euro currency and a central bank, but banking regulation mostly remains under the control of the national governments.27, 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. It also hopes to create an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.“ASEAN Countries to Integrate Regional Capital Markets by 2015,” Asia Economic Institute, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.asiaecon.org/special_articles/read_sp/12174. 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). 33. Second, there are more EU member countries than there are countries using the euro. Third, the treaty called for a political union, which would include the development of a common foreign and defense policy and common citizenship. 23. 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. Despite the challenges, the EU is likely to endure given its historic legacy. 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. China is eager for Hong Kong and Taiwan to serve as gateways to its massive market. Maquiladoras are production facilities located in border towns in Mexico that take imported materials and produce the finished good for export, primarily to Canada or the United States. “About ASEAN,” Association of Southeast Asian Nations, accessed April 30, 2011. 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. 15. “What Is CAFTA?,” CAFTA Intelligence Center, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.caftaintelligencecenter.com/subpages/What_is_CAFTA.asp. “Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR),” Export.gov, accessed April 30, 2011. 3. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Southern African Development Community (SADC). 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.15. This was shocking not only to Mexico’s leadership but to the international community. “Tri-lateral [merchandise] trade has nearly tripled since NAFTA came into force in 1994. In 2009, the twenty-seven EU countries signed the Treaty of Lisbon, which amends the previous treaties. The six founding nations were France, West Germany, Italy, and the Benelux countriesThe grouping of Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. It’s easy to see how complicated the relationships can be with just one trading bloc. There are four main types of economic integration: 1. For example, many commentators see the political situation in the state of Chiapas as underscoring the alienation large groups have suffered as a result of the opening of the Mexican economy to global forces. 22. 6. Although it is the poorest state in Mexico, Chiapas has the richest natural resources, including oil, minerals, and electrical power. 4. Originally, the agreement (then called the Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA) encompassed discussions between the US and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. For free trade advocates, the CAFTA-DR is also seen as a stepping stone toward the eventual establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)—the more ambitious grouping for a free trade agreement that would encompass all the South American and Caribbean nations as well as those of North and Central America (except Cuba). Shortly after it was approved and implemented, the United States started to negotiate a similar agreement with Mexico. Given the 2008 global economic recession and challenging impact on the EU, it isn’t likely that NAFTA will move beyond the free-trade zone status to anything more comprehensive (e.g., the EU’s economic union). Canada is currently negotiating a similar treaty called the Canada Central American Free Trade Agreement. Billions of dollars’ worth of products—from televisions to clothes to auto parts—are assembled in maquiladoras and then shipped back, tax free, to the United States for sale to US consumers. While other countries and the EU have ongoing dialogues with ASEAN, the US–ASEAN Business Council is the most formal approach. Beyond that, there are hopes for a shared currency and eventual economic and monetary union. 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. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat website, accessed April 30, 2011. Croatia and Macedonia are in the process of becoming EU members.“About CEFTA,” Central European Free Trade Agreement, accessed April 30, 2011, http://cefta.net; Andzej Arendarski, Ludovit Cernak, Vladimir Dlouhy, and Bela Kadar, “Central European Free Trade Agreement,” December 21, 1992, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.worldtradelaw.net/fta/agreements/cefta.pdf; Wikipedia, s.v. Originally, the agreement (then called the Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA) encompassed discussions between the US and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In 2009, ASEAN signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand and Australia. The first was to establish a single, common currency, which went into effect in 1999. There’s no longer a currency–exchange rate risk, and the elimination of the need to convert currencies within euro markets reduces transaction costs. The unification of Africa is also to be advanced economically through six regional or sub-regional "building blocks". Lucy Hornby, “Taiwan and China Sign Trade Pact,” Reuters, June 29, 2010, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/06/29/us-china-taiwan-signing-idUSTRE65S17Z20100629. The policy of economic integration is purely commercial, and it takes place in order to make sure that certain trade barriers are reduced in the best way so that some nations can be unified together. Euro markets, or euro countries, are the countries using the euro. Along with the benefits, challenges have also come with the increased trade. As part of NAFTA, two side agreements addressing labor and environmental standards were put into place. Among the most outstanding features of the current processes of regional economic integration are: 1. ASEAN represents nearly 600 million people and a combined GDP of USD $1.5 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s the most significant agreement since the two countries split at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.Keith B. Richburg, “China, Taiwan Sign Trade Pact,” Washington Post, June 30, 2010, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/29/AR2010062900163.html. 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. The types of integration are illustrated in the diagram below: Types of Integration. The huge growth in trade between the United States and Mexico has greatly expanded the role—and scale—of these assembly operations. As a free trade agreement, the member countries can establish their own trading rules for nonmember countries. 38. When it was introduced, NAFTA was highly controversial, particularly in the United States, where many felt it would send US jobs to Mexico. The biggest advantage of EU membership is the monetary union. 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). 13. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat website, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.caricom.org/index.jsp. When two businesses are brought together through a merger or takeover, it is possible to define the nature and type of integration based on the activities of each business and where they operate in the supply chain of an industry. Ambitiously, in 2017 and after, the AEC intends to foster the creation of a free-trade zone and customs union in its regional blocs. The African Economic Community (AEC) is an organization of the African Union states. (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. This is one reason why global businesses have teams of in-house professionals monitoring the WTO as well as the regional trade alliances. US multinational companies, such as John Deere, Zenith, Mattel, and Xerox, run the majority of the more than 3,600 maquiladoras in northern Mexico. The Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was founded in 1989 by twelve countries as an informal forum. As a free trade agreement, the member countries can establish their own trading rules for nonmember countries. Further, having a single currency makes pricing more transparent and consistent between countries and markets. Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, and Turkey are the next set of candidates for future membership. European Commission, “Andean Community Regional Strategy Paper 2007–2013,” December 4, 2007, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.eeas.europa.eu/andean/rsp/07_13_en.pdf. 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. 1. While other countries and the EU have ongoing dialogues with ASEAN, the US–ASEAN Business Council is the most formal approach. Andean Community of Nations—Andean Pact website, accessed April 30, 2011. Specifically, it has allowed Iceland (now an EU candidate), Liechtenstein, and Norway to participate in the EU’s single market without a conventional EU membership. 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. Since inception, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei have joined the association.Sanjyot P. Dunung, Doing Business in Asia: The Complete Guide, 2nd ed. “About CEFTA,” Central European Free Trade Agreement, accessed April 30, 2011, http://cefta.net. After reading this section, students should be able to …. Andean Community of Nations—Andean Pact website, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.grouplamerica.com/andean_pact.htm. Regional integration refers to various types of political and economic agreements that form closer ties between sovereign countries. In 2008, the GCC formed a common market, enabling free flow of trade, investment, and workers.P. Although this is an economic trade initiative, it has also been designed with clear political goals. The European Union (EU) is the most integrated form of economic cooperation. Several regional agreements function as pillars of the AEC:43. In 2009, ASEAN signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand and Australia. Wikipedia, s.v. The low standard of living in Chiapas and of Indians throughout Mexico remains a significant challenge for the Mexican government. 9. A rural region in southern Mexico, Chiapas is home to extremely poor Mayan, Ch’ol, Zoque, and Lacandón Indians. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into being during a period when free trade and trading blocs were popular and positively perceived. It’s important to remember several distinctions. Individually, the European countries would never have the economic power they now have collectively as the EU. Early efforts to study regional integration, as mentioned, mainly concentrated on the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC). 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. “Trade between the EU and the GCC countries totalled €79 billion in 2009 and should increase under the FTA. As a political and economic organization, the group focuses on trade, economic, and social issues.37 The GCC has become as much a political organization as an economic one. The lack of a timely and coherent response to the euro crisis called into question the integrity of the eurozone, whose structural and institutional fault lines have been revealed by the financial crisis. 21. At the same time, the army continues to exert tight control over the state, particularly in and around towns where residents are known to support the rebels. 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. This paper examines the effect of regional integration on total factor productivity to assess the long-run growth implications of each model. Regional Integration 2. 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. 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. 13. [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. Generate global competition 5. Europa, the Official Website of the European Union, accessed April 30, 2011, http://europa.eu. It now has twenty-one member economies on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. In other parts of the world there are similar processes. In the long run, NAFTA hasn’t been as impactful as its supporters had hoped nor as detrimental to workers and companies as its critics had feared. The huge growth in trade between the United States and Mexico has greatly expanded the role—and scale—of these assembly operations. “Central European Free Trade Agreement,” last modified February 12, 2011, accessed February 16, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_European_Free_Trade_Agreement. The low standard of living in Chiapas and of Indians throughout Mexico remains a significant challenge for the Mexican government. 11. “About CEFTA,” Central European Free Trade Agreement, accessed April 30, 2011, http://cefta.net; Andzej Arendarski, Ludovit Cernak, Vladimir Dlouhy, and Bela Kadar, “Central European Free Trade Agreement,” December 21, 1992, accessed April 30, 2011, http://www.worldtradelaw.net/fta/agreements/cefta.pdf; Wikipedia, s.v. Preferential Trade Areas. The rest of the world is not discriminated 6. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998). 27. The findings suggest that joining a regional grouping changes the way participating economies grow. For instance, policy barriers at the border may offset the gains transport infrastructure cooperation. 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