Sunday, August 16, 2009

Obama’s Bolivia ATPDEA Decision: Blast from the Past or Wave of the Future?

Interesting fact you can learn from this piece: Bolivia erradicated more hectares of coca production on average under Morales between 2006 to 2008 than was previously erradicated on average under neoliberal governments between 1993 to 1997.
From the Andean Information Network and the Washington Office on Latin America

At April’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear their intention to repair frayed U.S. relations with Latin America. In May, building on momentum from the Summit, the U.S. and Bolivian governments initiated a high-level dialogue in La Paz aimed at establishing the framework for a mutually respectful relationship. But President Obama clouded the hopeful outlook at the end of June when he opted to maintain Bolivia’s suspension from Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) trade benefits – a suspension initiated in 2008 by President Bush, on the false grounds that Bolivia was shirking its international drug control obligations.

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