While global trade in services is booming, most Latin American countries continue to export basic goods. Here’s what Panama and Costa Rica did to catch up. Other countries should follow.
Javier A. Gutiérrez is a trade diplomat and Latin American affairs specialist. From 2015 to 2018 he served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), spearheading trade facilitation initiatives and the deepening of the Central American Customs Union. Before joining SIECA, Javier gained experience in the multilateral trading system, including roles at the World Trade Organization in the external relations unit and at the International Labour Organization's Trade and Employment unit. He began his career as a preferential trade agreement negotiator with the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador.
Javier has participated in a variety of international seminars and panels, including at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and University College London. A native of El Salvador, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN) and a Master's degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern.
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