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September 2005: Getting to Know the Neighbors

An outlook of the Caribbean countries

The world does extend beyond Puerto Rico and the US. Just a few miles from our island, a scattered group of large, small, and tiny islands offer an amazing world; an interesting mix of cultures, languages, races and economic systems. The history of the Caribbean is the history of regrettable failures and also of very successful economic experiments. Viewed for a long time just as tourist destinations, some of our tiniest neighbors in the Caribbean have many lessons to offer. After many years of scarce interest in the rest of the Caribbean, the time has come to become acquainted with our neighbors. This issue provides a first outlook of the region and challenges of upcoming agreements for Puerto Rico.