Cómo facilitar el comercio

WASHINGTON, DC - El mundo ha entrado en el cuarto año de la Gran Recesión. Hasta ahora, las economías que pertenecen a la Organización Mundial del Comercio se han resistido a la clase de proteccionismo generalizado que haría mucho peor una situación de por sí difícil. Sin embargo, se están elevando las presiones proteccionistas en la forma de crecientes llamados al nacionalismo económico.

La mejor defensa del libre comercio por parte de la OMC es un buen ataque. Un nuevo Acuerdo de Facilitación del Comercio iría en beneficio de todos mediante el aumento de la capacidad de comercio de los países en desarrollo, el fortalecimiento del mandato de desarrollo de la OMC y el impulso al crecimiento económico mundial. Más de una década después del lanzamiento de la Ronda de Doha de conversaciones globales sobre libre comercio, este acuerdo podría ser un "pago inicial" a cuenta del compromiso que sus miembros han hecho de vincular comercio y desarrollo.

Los países en desarrollo serían los más beneficiados con la mejora de la facilitación del comercio. Con el apoyo adecuado, los comerciantes de los países más pobres podrían competir e integrarse en las cadenas de suministro globales.

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