Mekong Region

by Ignacio Jose Minambres
With the increasing importance of Investment Flows and the impossibility to get agreements for its liberalization at the multilateral level, the developed economies are pushing for its inclusion in one way or another in the bilateral trade agreements that are being negotiated and signed, more ostensibly since the collapse of the Doha Round of the WTO.

Through the study of the agreements already signed by the EU we can foresee what will be the expectations the European bloc has for the negotiations it is holding with the ASEAN nations. In this paper we try to make a first analysis an understanding of what it is aiming to get and how it would affect a set of countries with such disparities as ASEAN.

A report for Focus on the Global South by Isabelle Delforge

From small farms to fast food chains and supermarkets

The fast food retailer Kentucky Fried Chicken requires chickens that weigh exactly two kilograms in order to fit the size of the portions. Some segments of the Japanese market want okra with 5 ridges on the fruit while others require 7 ridges. Baby corn exported to Europe and Japan must be between 4 to 7 cm long. On the global food market, varieties, shapes and colours are now increasingly standardised and food safety regulations are becoming extremely strict.

Contents
Building Community: The Search for Alternative Regionalism in Southeast Asia 1
Jenina Joy Chavez
Neo-liberalism and the Working People of Southeast Asia
Rene Ofreneo
China and Southeast Asia: Emerging Problems in an Economic Relation
Walden Bello
Welcome China!: China’s Rise and its Increasing Role in ASEAN
Dorothy Guerrero
Development and Plunder in the Mekong Region
Shalmali Guttal

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