'This study provides a balanced and serious evaluation of the trade and development challenges facing Central America in the next decade, especially those associated with DR-CAFTA. And there is a sobering and timely message within these pages. DR-CAFTA offers great opportunity, but it is no magic potion. Capitalizing on the opportunities andd mitigating the costs depends critically on the success by the Central Americans in developing an effective domestic agenda and handling the ensuing economic and social restructuring. The study provides useful guidance toward this objective, including how best to assist vulnerable groups. It is an indispensable reference for policy makers and social actors in the region and for international partners who wish to help Central Americans fulfill thier hopes and dreams.'
--Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director of the International Labour Organization's Employment Sector, Former Minister of Trade for Costa Rica