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

The following is a discussion note by Afsar Jafri for a lecture at the 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan which was held on 2 to 4 November at Gujarat Vidyapith in  Ahmedabad, India. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) & India: Dangers of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) for agric …

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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 ha …

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Report from a forum on corporate concentration in agriculture and food, and its implications on food sovereignty in South East Asia On 24 July 2018, Focus on the Global South, ETC Group, and the Chulalongkorn University Research Institute (CUSRI) organized a forum in Bangkok on corporate concentrati …

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  Bali, Indonesia – International Financial Institutions led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have long touted infrastructure development as a mark of progress. However, these projects have negatively impacted poor communities who do not reap the benefits …

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On Extractivism   Cooptation of Judiciary System, Corporate and International Financial Institutions’ Impunity

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  Bali, Indonesia – Focus on the Global South this week joins delegates from local, national, regional and international people’s movements and NGOs for the “World Without Banks” series of activities protesting the World Band and International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF) meetings. Assemblies, public …

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This paper was presented by Joseph Purugganan at the Asia Europe Peoples Forum in Ghent, Belgium September 29, 2018. Joseph is the head of the Philippine office of Focus on the Global South and coordinates the network Trade Justice Pilipinas. The Generalized Scheme of Preferences + (GSP+) is essenti …

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Video from Newsclick.in “Benny Kuruvilla from the Transnational Institute, Joseph Purugganan from Focus on the Global South, Philippines, and Susana Barria from Public Services International discuss the context in which the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is being negotiated, how it will …

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Video feature from Newsclick.in on how the deal will affect billions in 16 countries, as explained by people’s movements opposing the deal. Pleaseshare this video using the Newsclick link here.

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia and Pacific regions. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan …

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