Bilateral FTAs

Some Great Podcasts from the WTO’s 2009 Public Forum

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

At the end of September the WTO ran its annual public forum, this year entitled “Global Problems, Global Solutions: Towards Better Global Governance”.  The forum happens each year, and is a chance for governments, NGOs, academics, business and students to come together to discuss and debate some of the major issues which arise out of [...]

Trade, Labour Mobility and Development in the Pacific – Public meetings in Sydney & Melbourne

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I know it’s been a while since there’s been much action on this blog, but there’s lots of posts in the pipeline! In the meantime, if you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, you may be interested to come along to a special public meeting next week, to be addressed two prominent Pacific Island trade activists: Trade, [...]

FTAs & TRIPs blocking access to life-saving medicines: UN Special Rapporteur on health

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Anand Grover is a lawyer who has appeared in several hundred cases in his native India representing and unholding the rights of people suffering from HIV/AIDS.  He established the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS in India. Last year, he was also appointed by the Un to the position of “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to [...]

(Mildly) Funny on Friday

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I just noticed this fairly amusing short film from the World Development Movement in the UK, about the EU’s trade policies – a bit slap-sticky, but makes a good point!

If you only read one thing from this blog . . .

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Maybe you should make it this report just published by the UK’s War on Want. Trading Away Our Jobs: How free trade threatens employment around the world is an incredibly valuable report, documenting in detail the way that free trade policies have systematically destroyed employment opportunities for people across the developing world, through use of [...]

Taking The Credit – New Report on Financial Services Liberalisation

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The World Development Movement in the UK have just released an excellent report into the impact of financial services liberalisation (which usually occurs through free trade agreements) for the world’s poor. The report says that Liberalisation of overseas markets has been pushed aggressively by the industry’s lobbyists via free trade deals, firstly at the World [...]

Not much free about this “free” trade agreement

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I guess I should write a bit about the Australia-ASEAN-NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was signed over the weekend in Thailand – it’s Australia’s biggest regional FTA to date. The mining industry loves it since it will let them export more Australian minerals to Asia. And the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union hates it, [...]

Australia-US FTA still a drain on Australia’s economy

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Martin Feil kicks another goal in The Age today with an excellent article assessing the economic impact of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) four years after it took affect on 1 January 2005. As the Parliamentary Library noted in December, the AUSFTA has increased Australia’s merchandise imports from the US and reduced our exports, [...]