Trade and Investment

The dangers of more bilateral FTAs in the Philippines

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.

Focus on the Global South Contributes to TNI's "Shifting Power" Reader

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.

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