CAFTA Reports

One of the first regional trade agreements negotiated after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The agreement is currently under consideration by the United States Congress and will become law -- unless rejected by the Congress — on June 1, 2004.

Among the first set of analytical reports are the following:

— Draft Text of the Central American Free Trade Agreement and summary of key aspects; United States Trade Representative; December 2003; available at:

— "Selling Free Trade in Central America;" Beatrice Edwards, NACLA Report on the Americas, Vol. XXXVII, No. 5, March/April 2004; available at:

— "Labor Standards, Development and CAFTA;" Kimberly Ann Elliot, Institute for International Economics; March 2004; available at"

— "CAFTA: Free Trade vs. Democracy;" Mark Engler, Americas Program, Interhemispheric Resource Center; January 30, 2003, available at:

— "Labor Rights Protections in CAFTA;" Human Rights Watch; October 2003; available at:

— "CAFTA’s Weak Labor Rights Protections: Why the Present Accord Should be Opposed;" Human Rights Watch; March 2004; available at:

— "CAFTA: Few Benefits, Many Costs;" Vincent McElhinny, Americas Program, Interhemispheric Resource Center; January 29, 2004; available at:

— "How CAFTA Will Undermine Access to Essential Medicines;" Robert Weissman, Essential Action; March 2004; available at: