Trade and Investment
In the recent[c1] “RCEP 18th Round of Talks,” members of civil society organizations and social movements presented their positions vis-à-vis the RCEP during the official Stakeholders’ Engangement, focusing on its impacts on trade, labor, and resources. They argued against the RCEP as it will give more power to already powerful corporations while making worse the state of employment and labor conditions for workers.
Statement of Trade Justice-Pilipinas on the 18th Round of RCEP talks in Manila
Trade Justice Pilipinas, a broad platform campaigning for just trade and investment policies, expresses its opposition to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement or RCEP.
Manila -- Representatives of major Philippine trade unions in both the public and private sectors are concerned about the possible impacts of the Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (RCEP) currently being negotiated in Manila. Among the issues they see resulting from the agreement are increase in the prices of medicines, government revenue decrease, and that government’s ability to regulate foreign investments, service providers, and transnational corporations may be constrained.
Keynote speech/presentation by Shalmali Guttal, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, during the "Asian People's Call on Challenging the ADB's Immunity Conference". 20 April, 2017, University of the Philippines - School of Labor and Industrial Relations.