Regional integration is a good idea, said Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís at a recent meeting of Inter-American Development Bank governors.
If so, much remains to be done.
To attract tourists to fantastic countries and to make industry efficient, the region needs joint infrastructure projects and easy border crossings.
David, in northern Panama, could be an important airport for Costa Rica’s beautiful Corcovado National Park.
Given the size of the countries, it makes no sense for each country to build its own facility.
David already has an airport fully equipped for international air carriers.
As far as industry is concerned, El Salvador’s modern Union port could efficiently serve western Honduras and southern Guatemala.
A border crossing every few hundred kilometers imposes a high costs on goods traded in the region.