Category: Trade and Investment

Our work on trade and investment revolves around local, national and international campaigns on free-trade and investment negotiations and agreements. A new wave of free trade agreements and investment treaties are shaping and influencing the direction of Asia’s developing economies in a way that has led to the erosion of rights, livelihoods and natural environments of local communities in rural and urban areas, contributing to the further marginalization of already marginalized farmers, workers, urban poor, indigenous peoples, women and children. Read more

We, from various national farmer organizations, civil society groups, and food sovereignty advocates oppose the anti-farmer law. This law titled “RA 11203: An Act Liberalizing the Importation, exportation and Trading of Rice, Lifting for the Purpose the Quantitative Import Restriction on Rice,” is n …

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Laos’ ambition to become the “battery” of Southeast Asia has led to a proliferation of hydropower dams around the country. Yet with these dams come significant socio-economic and environmental consequences that need to be considered when deciding whether to build them. In Laos, risks all too often t …

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[The following is the intro speech in the debate between Walden Bello and the chief economist of the World Trade Organization, Robert Koopman, at the Economist-sponsored Asia Trade Summit in Hong Kong, Feb 28, 2019. The Economist and the audience gave the nod to Walden’s side.] I am for trade. But I …

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by Jai Vipra, IT for Change [We feature this intervention made by IT for Change at the stakeholder consultation dduring the 25th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, on 25th February, 2019. The intervention was made with the understanding that the RCEP chapter o …

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  RCEP Negotiations Must Not Include Obligation to Join or Implement UPOV Systems and In Anyway Undermine Farmers’ Rights [Full text of Philippine civil society letter on RCEP and plant variety protection] The undersigned signatories are writing to strongly stress that the Regional Comprehensiv …

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Denpasar, 25 February 2019. The Coalition of Indonesian Civil Society for Economic Justice together with other civil society organizations from other RCEP member countries like India, Philippines, Malaysia urges governments not to agree on a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreeme …

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[Note: The following is the slightly edited text of an intervention made during Stakeholder Engagement process of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Working Group on Investments at the 25th round of RCEP talks currently ongoing in Bali, Indonesia. There is currently strong pressu …

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In the wake of worsening human rights situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, Trade Justice Pilipinas, a peoples network campaigning for just trade and investment policies calls on the European Union to withdraw special trade incentives granted to the Philippines under its Gen …

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Complete title: SEZs and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case Study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labour in Cambodia and Myanmar’s Special Economic Zones This is the Burmese language version of our case study report on special economic zones in Cambodia and Myanmar, of the incentiv …

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Pasay City, Philippines – Around 200 rice farmers, farmworkers, rural youth and women from various national and local organizations held a protest at the gates of Senate to oppose the approval of SB 1998 or the Rice Tariffication Bill scheduled for deliberation at the Bicameral Committee meeting tod …

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