AG/RES. 1689 (XXIX-O/99)
8 June 1999
TRADE AND INTEGRATION IN THE AMERICAS
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on
June 8, 1999,
and pending review by the Style Committee)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the report of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council of Integral Development on the implementation of AG/RES. 1581 (XXVIII-O/98);
Resolution AG/RES. 1581 (XXVIII-O/98), Trade and Integration in the Americas;
Resolution AG/RES. 1516 (XXVII-O/97), Trade and Integration in the Americas;
Resolution CIDI/RES. 63 (IV-O/99), Trade and Integration in the Americas;
Resolution CIDI/RES. 46 (III-O/98), Trade and Integration in the Americas;
Resolution AG/RES. 1534 (XXVIII-O/98), Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Initiatives;
Resolution AG/RES. 1430 (XXVI-O/96), Trade and Integration in the Americas;
Resolution AG/RES. 1438 (XXVI-O/96), Relationship between the Special Committee on Trade and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development;
Resolution AG/RES. 1349 (XXV-O/95), Inter-American Summits Management; and
Resolution AG/RES. 1220 (XXIII-O/93), Establishment of the Special Committee on Trade (SCT), in which member states noted that the Organization of American States (OAS) is an appropriate hemispheric forum for dialogue on trade matters;
BEARING IN MIND the Declaration of Santiago of the II Summit of the Americas in which the Heads of State and Government of the hemisphere directed their Ministers Responsible for Trade to begin negotiations for the FTAA and reaffirmed their determination to conclude the negotiation of the FTAA no later than 2005, and in which they also reaffirmed their determination to make concrete progress by the end of this century, and expressed their appreciation for the significant contribution of the Tripartite Committee.
TAKING NOTE with satisfaction the Ministerial Declaration of San Jos� adopted by the Ministers of Trade at their fourth Ministerial Meeting in San Jos�, Costa Rica, in which they recommended to their Heads of State and Government that they initiate negotiation of the FTAA in accordance with the objectives, principles, structure, venue and other decisions set forth in their Declaration, and acknowledged and again expressed their appreciation to the Tripartite Committee for the technical and logistical support given during the preparatory phase of the FTAA negotiations and requested that the respective institutions of the Tripartite Committee continue to provide the appropriate existing resources necessary to respond positively to requests for technical support from FTAA entities, including reallocation for this purpose if necessary.
CONSIDERING that economic diversification and integration, trade liberalization and market access constitute one of the priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997-2001 and that the process of creating the FTAA is a fundamental element in this context; and
REAFFIRMING the commitment of the Organization of American States to support the process of free trade and economic integration in the Hemisphere and to reiterate the importance of the contribution of the General Secretariat and in particular the Trade Unit to this process,
1. To take note of the report of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive
Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) on the
implementation of resolution AG/RES. 1581 (XXVIII-O/98), "Trade and Integration in
2. To instruct CIDI to consider the results of the consultations with the Chair of the Special Committee on Trade (SCT) and the member states of the SCT in accordance with the instructions given to CEPCIDI by CIDI in CIDI/RES. 63 (IV-O/99) paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 and to recommend appropriate action to the thirtieth regular session of the General Assembly.
3. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing analytical support and technical assistance through the Trade Unit, and conducting related studies as part of the Tripartite Committee or as requested by the respective bodies established in the ministerial declaration of San Jos�, Costa Rica under the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process.
4. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing technical assistance
related to FTAA issues to member countries, particularly smaller economies, at their
requests, as requested by the Trade Ministers in the Ministerial Declaration of San Jos�.
5. To instruct CIDI to support projects, programs, and activities related to the
priority area of economic diversification and integration, trade liberalization, and
market access, in keeping with the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development
6. To reiterate its support for the collaborative activities on trade and integration
of the Tripartite Committee, and to recognize the contribution to those activities of
other specialized regional, sub-regional and multilateral organizations and of regional
and sub-regional institutions.
7. To instruct the Permanent Council to continue to provide the appropriate existing resources necessary to respond positively to requests for technical support from FTAA entities, including reallocation for this purpose if necessary.
8. To instruct the General Secretariat to submit, by November 15, 1999, the 2000 annual Work Plan of activities of the Trade Unit to the SCT for its consideration and approval, or in, the event that the SCT does not meet, to CEPCIDI for approval ad referendum to the next regular meeting of CIDI.
9. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing semi-annual written progress reports on the activities of the Trade Unit, including information on its level of budget execution to the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI for their review.
10. To recognize the important achievements of the Foreign Trade Information System (SICE) and in particular the measures taken to broaden its trade and trade-related information and its client base and to support its continued operations, specifically the establishment of an official Internet home page for the FTAA process.
11. To instruct the General Secretariat to ensure coordination between the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development and the appropriate offices of the General Secretariat, particularly the Trade Unit, in their activities supporting the implementation of this resolution.
12. To direct that the mandates in the preceding paragraphs be executed within the allocated resources approved in the program-budget and other resources.
13. To request the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI to report to the General Assembly at its thirtieth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.[OAS General Assembly/tracker.htm]