Opportunity to decisively Phone Number List reconfigure the international system (the engagement component ), while it would seek to propagate the market economy and political pluralism (the enlargement component). Regarding this last component, US policy used the 1989 Washington Consensus to give impetus to policies of liberalization and Phone Number List economic deregulation, on the one hand, and reduction of the State, on the other. In this framework, a central axis was trade, an issue that became the main focus of the First Summit of the Americas with the aspiration of achieving a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) by 2005. On the way to the Phone Number List conclave in Miami, the United States held a set of prior consultations, as well as preparatory.
Latin America, then through Phone Number List the so-called Rio Group (made up of the sum of the Group, the Support Group, the Caribbean Community  and the Central American Integration System held meetings of ahead Phone Number List of the summit in order to make contributions that reflected the needs of the region. From a bureaucratic point of view, the role of the Undersecretary for Hemispheric Affairs of the Department of State, Alexander Watson, was relevant. He knew the region - he had Phone Number List had diplomatic assignments in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru - and spoke both Spanish and Portuguese.
Given the notable asymmetry Phone Number List of power and by virtue of the consent of a large part of Latin America and the Caribbean, Washington reached an agreement regarding the centrality of the FTAA as a key objective in the coming decade. Additionally, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) would Phone Number List come to play a key role in the implementation of the various thematic commitments reached. At the time, a prestigious figure such as Enrique Iglesias presided over the IDB Phone Number List and the former president of Colombia, César Gaviria, arrived at the OAS Secretariat with an institutional modernization agenda. But this state of suggestive coincidence between the United States and.