The recent launch of a customs union between Guatemala and Honduras marks a paradigm shift in region-building in the Americas. It may offer key lessons to other Latin American countries seeking to leverage their existing interdependence.
Javier A. Gutiérrez is the Executive Director at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). He is originally from El Salvador, where he was a preferential trade agreement negotiator for the Ministry of Economy. Additionally, he worked in the unit of Trade and Employment of the International Labour Organization (ILO), where he assisted governments and strategic social partners to exploit the benefits of trade. During his work at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the Information and External Division, he triggered initiatives focused on effectively contributing to disseminate key information of the multilateral trading system to a myriad of audiences. He has been a guest lecturer in the University College of London (UCL), World Trade Institute (WTI) and Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN). He has participated in a variety of seminars and conferences, including taking part as a panelist in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He holds a BA in Economics from El Salvador’s ESEN and has a Masters Degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland.
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