People-centered regional integration
There is a need to reclaim regional integration by civil society and social movements, to promote a people-centred regionalism. People-centered regional alternatives would mean rethinking the current corporate-led model of development, and seek regional integration based on the principles of cooperation and complementarity. People-centred regionalism would break with the export-driven development model and would be a mechanism of raising living standards, promoting and protecting our industries and protecting our agriculture. People-centred regional integration would be based on the democratisation of decision-making in all areas of the economy. There are a myriad of areas where regional alternatives make more sense than pursuing national or global ones. These would include, among others, areas like climate change, food shortages, industrial development and regional trade, policy for the use of natural resources, energy and infrastructure, and the question of regional finance and migration.