- Treaty of Asunción
The Treaty of Asunción was a treaty between the countries of
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguaysigned on March 26, 1991. The objective of the treaty, signed in Asunción, was to establish a common market among the participating countries, popularly called Mercosur(Southern Common Market). Later, the Treaty of Ouro Pretowas signed to supplement the first treaty, establishing that the Treaty of Asunción was to be a legally and internationally recognized organization.
The treaty defined a program of gradual elimination of import/export fees that would reach a free commerce zone by the end of 1994. Even though the dates of the program were not followed and the free zone was not yet reached, the treaty established the bases for the "Mercado Común del Sur" (Mercosur).
South American Wars of Independence, there have been various types of organizations and treaties with the intention of social and economic integration of South America. The Economic Commission of Latin Americawas created on February 25, 1948with the object of conducting studies aimed to the integration of these countries, and increase the national markets and industrial development. The Latin American Free Trade Association(LAFTA) was created in 1960, with the same objective of regional integration, but during the 1970s, the LAFTA was unable to establish a common market among them. The South American countries could not compete with the international free markets, and the integration crisis worsened due to the 1973 oil crisis.
Andes Pact, signed in 1969, the countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuelawere integrated, while Chileand Panamapartipated as observers. The Latin American Integration Associationwas created in 1989 to establish economic integration between Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Braziland Argentinasigned the Treaty of Buenos Airesthat was to establish economic integration between the two countries, and the Treaty of Asunción was signed to complement the Treaty of Buenos Aires, with Uruguayand Paraguayjoining them.
* [http://www.worldtradelaw.net/fta/agreements/mercosurfta.pdf Treaty of Asunción] (in English)]
* [http://www.rau.edu.uy/mercosur/tratasp.htm Treaty of Asunción] (in Spanish)
* [http://188.8.131.52/msweb/contenidos/pt/bienvenida.asp History of Mercosur] (in Portuguese)
* [http://www.eumed.net/libros/2006b/lg/1e.htm Tratado de Asunción: description] (in Spanish)
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