Next month, heads of state will gather in Canada to discuss the next stage in regional economic integration ? the creation of a Free Trade Area of the Americas. The Bush administration is likely to give economic integration a firm push and this should be welcomed. Mexico?s success in using the North American Free Trade Agreement to transform an inward-looking, oil-dependent economy into a highly efficient export machine is impressive.
However the debate on free trade should not overlook the crisis in Colombia, the western hemisphere?s main producer and exporter of drugs. Extending the principles of free trade to include the drug trafficking that is tearing the country apart could
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