Thomas Fazi: Today bilateral and regional ‘free trade agreements’ – or better, mega-regional agreements, such as the TTIP and TPP – have effectively replaced negotiations within the WTO. Have we entered a new phase of globalisation?
Trade and Investment
New Delhi, 1 December 2014 -- As negotiators from 16 nations met today in New Delhi for 5 day consultations on the Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP), farmers, trade unions, retailers groups, and civil society organisations protested outside the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
In Louella D. Desidero's article, "Phl to open more bilateral agreements," published in the Philippine Star on 22 September 2014, Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. was quoted expressing the government's interest in "exploring more bilateral FTAs" after "the usual consultations and impact studies."
The article also mentioned the possible launch of two negotiations for free trade agreements with European countries, one with the European Union, and another with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
10 September 2014
Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity
Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corporation
Focus on the Global South co-founder Walden Bello and staff members Pablo Solon, Afsar Jafri, Joseph Purugganan, and Dorothy Guerrero have contributed to a new reader from Transnational Institute (TNI) called "Shifting Power: Critical Perspectives on Emerging Economies." Their working papers examine BRICS and global trade, BRICS and global capitalism, and the changing role of China in the world economy.
Presentation by Joseph Purugganan at the plenary “How to get rid of TTIP and other bilateral free trade agreements” at the European Summer University (ESU) in Paris. For more information about the panel, click here.
New Delhi, 23 July 2014 -- In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers' organizations in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal with the Trade Facilitation Agreement in WTO.
Manila, Philippines, 15 July 2014 -- Groups demanding the cancellation of Philippine debts delivered luggage full of questionable loan contracts and conditionalities to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who is visiting the country from July 14 to 15.
Quezon City, 4 July 2014 -- The signing of the Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a prelude to an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with EFTA and eventually with the European Union as well.
Joint Statement: Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises