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

By Walden Bello GENEVA – During his State of the Union address on January 20, President Bill Clinton announced his support for new negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) beginning in late 1999. But whether Clinton meant "comprehensive negotiations," as proposed by the European …

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By Aileen Kwa 1. Towards the 1999 Review2. How the AoA Instituted Unfair Competition: Market Access; Domestic Support; Export Subsidy; Due Restraint Provision; Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures3. Negotiating for Food Security4. Position 1: No Further Liberalisation – a Standstill Posi …

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By Aileen Kwa Non-PapersAIE/1 Administration of Tariff Quotas – Australia (13 May 1997)AIE/2 Circumvention of Export Subsidy Commitments – US (16 May 1997) US says that at least 5 members have reported violations of their scheduled export subsidy reduction commitments. There should be a general revi …

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by Walden Bello, in The Nation Newspaper, 17 November, 1998, Bangkok, ThailandAs the Apec Summit begins, Walden Bello writes that no other grouping has generated so much heat yet yielded so little in terms of real impact. KUALA LUMPUR — A friend recently compared the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperati …

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By Walden Bello The final declaration of the Second Ministerial of the World Trade Organization affirmed the intention of the member states to review the various agreements of the Uruguay Round, including that of agriculture. There are various interpretations, however, as to what review means.To a b …

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By Aileen Kwa Africa considers that there is not much to celebrate…For many decades, the GATT has had a legacy of treating developing countries like second class members of a rich mens exclusive club. As a result, the GATT-based multilateral trading system could not address, and in many ways, cont …

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By Nicola Bullard According to the publicity, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an economic forum composed of twenty-one counties bordering the Pacific, and accounts for 46 per cent of the world’s trade and over half of the world’s gross national product. Or, at least these figures wer …

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by Walden Bello, in The Nation Newspaper, 3 December, 1997, Bangkok, Thailand The bane of Southeast Asian tiger economies is due to their rapid industrialisation strategy which is highly dependent on foreign capital, argues Walden Bello in this first of a three-part series. The environmental communi …

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by Kamal Malhotra, Co-Director, Focus on the Global South (FOCUS), Bangkok, Thailand. Paper prepared for the Regional Conference on “MonoCultural Cropping in Southeast Asia: Social/Environmental Impacts and Sustainable Alternatives, June 3-6, 1996, Songkhla, ThailandI. INTRODUCTIONThe negotiations d …

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