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date: 20 October 2019

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This article takes a close look at the policy challenges related to closing Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) integration gap, with a focus on regional integration. The article is organized as follows. Section 2 presents a brief summary of the region's integration steps, including the various integration strategies that have been followed over time as well as their rationale. Section 3 provides a general diagnostic of the state of integration of LAC, highlighting the most salient problems. Based on this diagnosis, Section 4 summarizes the main policies' actions, discussing some of the initiatives that are currently in place and underscoring the main challenges and opportunities ahead.

Keywords: Latin America, Caribbean, regional integration, economic integration

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