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Regional economic unions are more likely to preserve local needs and identities. Yet, international financing remains largely in the hands of developed countries. Inter-development agencies should help create a more sustainable approach to development, by receiving instructions and financing from their member countries only. Financing could be in one of the member countries' currency, backed by another member countries' stock of gold. Rivalry among neighboring countries has often be an impediment to progress and regional economic integration and development. To often, southern countries compete against one another instead of making local alliances. For example Mercosur (Mercado Comun del Sur) in Latin America and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) could produce and iexport products bearing their label. By having their own market, inflation would be less likely to disseminate from developed countries.. malaria coming from the north.