A meeting organised on 17th December in New Delhi, on the recently concluded Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3-7 December 2013), saw an analysis of the key issues and outcomes of the meeting and charting out elements of a possible agenda for broader civil society groups across the country. The event was jointly hosted by the South-South Knowledge Hub at ActionAid India, Focus on the Global South, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Third World Network. About 50 people participated in the meeting.
Trade and Investment
December 6-7— The last day of the #EndWTO Bali Week of Action highlighted yet again peoples and citizens’ movements cry for justice and dignity and collective resolve to change the rules of the game from the ground up. The common view is that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has created more imbalance, injustice, and inequality than what it promised. This view was reinforced by the Global People’s Tribunal (see first story below).
The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.
Facilitating Trade for TNCs
Pablo Solon, the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South presents ISDS and the case of Bolivia at the workshop on Global and Regional Investment Policy, 2 September 2013 Asia Hotel, Bangkok Thailand.
Launched in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) completed the Bretton Woods trio with the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund in promoting neoliberalism and corporate globalization.
By: Dorothy-Grace Guerrero*
That is a mirage, cheap mirage, revolting, romantic and fantastical -- that's another ball on Lake Como.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from the Underground
The landscape of global investment governance is characterized by a web of international investment agreements (IIA) that seek to promote and protect investments and investor rights. UNCTAD reports that by the end of 2012, the IIA regime consisted of 3,196 agreements, which included 2,857 bilateral investment treaties (BITS) and 339 “other IIAs”, such as integration or cooperation agreements with an investment dimension.