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  Free Trade Area of the Americas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce trade barriers among all nations in the American continents (except Cuba and Venezuela, which entered the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas in response).
Talks began with the Summit of the Americas in Miami on December 11, 1994, but the FTAA came to public attention during the Quebec City Summit of the Americas in 2001, a meeting targeted by massive anti-corporatization and anti-globalization protests.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas is known in Spanish as the Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas (ALCA), in French as the Zone de libre-échange des Amériques (ZLEA), and in Portuguese as the Área de Livre Comércio das Américas (ALCA).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_Trade_Area_of_the_Americas   (1288 words)

 The Free Trade Area of the Americas
Responsibility for organizing the FTAA process was given to the Ministers of Trade (in the case of the United States, the Trade Representative) of the 34 signatory countries, while the Vice Ministers of Trade were responsible for managing the preparatory process.
With the FTAA negotiations still at an early stage, it is useful to remind ourselves that the important decisions in multilateral trade talks generally do not get made until the very end, frequently when it appears as though the talks will fail to produce a meaningful agreement.
The challenge for Floridaís FTAA advocates is to find a formula for addressing the concerns of Florida farmers while at the same time leading the fight for free trade and the FTAA.
www.latam.ufl.edu /publications/ftaa_paper.html   (4928 words)

 FTAA: The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas Threatens Freedom in the US
FTAA is a huge extension of the principles behind NAFTA, aimed at increasing international government, not strengthening the United States.
NAFTA was promoted as a trade pact that would stimulate booming prosperity by freeing and increasing trade between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. While some of the giant U.S. corporations and selected industries have profited handsomely from NAFTA, its overall effect was to speed up the hemorrhaging of U.S. jobs and industry to foreign countries.
One of the first FTAA steps that globalists are pushing for is passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
www.jefflindsay.com /snippets/ftaa.shtml   (1062 words)

 A Free Trade Area of the Americas: Toward Integrating Regional Trade
The FTAA is a central focus of the fast-track debate and congressional hearings have already begun to explore many of the critical economic questions related to expanding hemispheric trade that this report addresses.
America, once known for their collective indebtedness, are in the 1990s considered among the more promising emerging markets for trade and investment opportunities.
11-13 and Panagariya, Free Trade Area of the Americas, pp.
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 Globalization @ Globalists.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Critics of free trade also contend that it may lead to the destruction of a country's native industry, environment and/or a loss of jobs.
In general, critics claim that the results of globalization have not been what was predicted when the attempt to increase free trade began, and that many institutions involved in the system of globalization have not taken the interests of poorer nations, the working class, and the environment into account.
Supporters of free trade point out that economic theories of comparative advantage suggest that free trade leads to a more efficient allocation of resources, with all countries involved in the trade benefiting.
www.globalists.com   (5555 words)

 "Free Trade Area of the Americas" -- U.S. Department of State, October 2002
In November 2002, the United States and Brazil assume co-chairmanship of the final phase of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations, aiming by January 2005 to reach agreement on creating a single free trade area stretching from Alaska to Argentina.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick outlines the United States' goals for the FTAA negotiations.
Economist Jeffrey Schott provides an overview of the many challenges facing the FTAA negotiators, while Scott Otteman of the National Association of Manufacturers urges countries to stay the course on trade liberalization as the most reliable and effective path to prosperity.
usinfo.state.gov /journals/ites/1002/ijee/ijee1002.htm   (312 words)

 foodfirst.org: Myths of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement
If Congress grants trade promotion authority they would only have the power to vote yes or no for the final agreement without being able to express any concerns on the social, economic and environmental impact of the agreement.
Myth: Free trade will improve the lives of all people in the 34 participating nations.
Free trade policies like NAFTA and the proposed FTAA pit workers in different countries against each other in a "race to the bottom" in a competition for who will work for less, without adequate health coverage, or minimum environmental standards.
www.foodfirst.org /progs/global/trade/ftaamyths.html   (566 words)

 The Free Trade Area of the Americas
FTAA is often described as an extension of NAFTA to the tip of South America, but in reality it is much more than that.
Under these conditions, policies that oppose free trade and call for "fair trade" in the form of labor and environmental standards may not be adequate.
FTAA "Campaign of Inquiry" Packet: Background on the campaign demanding the release of the FTAA text and related documents from.
henningcenter.berkeley.edu /gateway/ftaa.html   (1743 words)

 Foreign Policy In Focus: Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
When, at the first Summit of the Americas in Miami in December 1994, President Bill Clinton proposed establishing a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) linking all of the hemisphere’s economies (except Cuba’s) by the year 2005, he held out Mexico as the model of economic reform and NAFTA as the model trade agreement.
The economic crises and public discontent have dampened congressional enthusiasm for free trade agreements, as demonstrated by the defeat of the Clinton administration’s request for fast-track authority in 1998.
In addition to demanding the release of the FTAA draft text, the letter criticized the existing mechanism for civil society input, the Committee of Government Representatives on the Participation of Civil Society, that serves as a kind of suggestion box.
www.developmentgap.org /focustr.html   (2407 words)

 Free Trade Area of Americas (FTAA)
The effort to unite the economies of the Western Hemisphere into a single free trade arrangement was initiated at the Summit of the Americas, which was held in December of 1994 in Miami.
At the Belo Horizonte Ministerial, it was agreed that "the FTAA negotiations should be initiated" in March of 1998 in Santiago, Chile at the Second Summit of the Americas.
We, the Ministers responsible for Trade, representing the 34 countries that participated in the Summit of the Americas in December 1994, met in Belo Horizonte for the Third Trade Ministerial Meeting, in pursuance of the mandate issued by our Heads of State and Government during the Summit of the Americas, held in Miami.
www.itcilo.it /english/actrav/telearn/global/ilo/blokit/ftaa.htm   (2640 words)

 Free Trade Area of the Americas at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA (in Spanish: Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas, ALCA) is a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce trade barriers among all nations in the Western Hemisphere except Cuba.
However, this meeting at Miami has been cancelled one day ahead of schedule [2], and many issues were left to be discussed by the WTO.
At the same time, between 10.000 and 25.000 people from trade unions and the alterglobalization movement have been protesting against the FTAA.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Free_Trade_Area_of_the_Americas.html   (419 words)

 Foreign Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Elected leaders from 34 countries in North America, South America, Caribbean and Central America are participating in trade talks to promote hemispheric prosperity through trade and investment.
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Meeting Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 Continues Effort to Advance Negotiations (09/30/03)
Free Trade in the Americas: Situation and Outlook ERS (November 1998)
www.fas.usda.gov /itp/ftaa.html   (316 words)

 IP Justice: Stop the FTAA Information Lockdown, Delete the IP Chapter of the Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Treaty aims to create a regional trade agreement among the 34 democracies in the Western Hemisphere.
FTAA Treaty negotiations were supposed to conclude in January 2005, but that deadline will be missed.
Instead of promoting free trade and encouraging creativity, the proposed "free trade" agreement threatens to chill speech and create monopolies for a few US corporations.
www.ipjustice.org /FTAA   (617 words)

The Central American Free Trade Agreement(CAFTA), a precursor to the Free Trade Area of the Americas(FTAA) and an extension of the existing North American Free Trade Area, was passed by the legislature of Guatemala on Thursday, March 10.
The co-presidents of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), Adhemar Bahadian of Brazil and Peter Allgeier of the United States, will meet in the United States from the 22nd to the 23rd of February in Washington, DC.
In 1994, NAFTA began in North America; the FTA with Chile was put into effect the first of the year; mid-year terminates negotiation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement and they hope to finish negotiating the Andean FTA (AFTA) in 2005.
www.ftaaimc.org /en/index.shtml   (1506 words)

 Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
WASHINGTON - Dozens of business groups from throughout the Americas are urging regional governments to adopt economic and trade reforms to give a boost to upcoming World Trade Organisation talks and a stalled regional free trade agreement.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's powerful agribusiness industry is not pleased with the prospect of a weak Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or the possible failure to reach the January 2005 deadline for completion of the talks.
Trade ministers from the 34 countries negotiating the Free Trade Area of the Americas are meeting Nov. 20-21 in the U.S. city of Miami.
www.ipsnews.net /focus/ftaa/index.asp   (684 words)

 IRC Americas Program | Timely Demise for Free Trade Area of the Americas
The FTAA was first launched by George W. Bush's father, but after ten years of inconclusive talks and significant differences between the countries, the goal of a hemisphere-wide NAFTA remained elusive.
Against the backdrop of the upcoming December meeting of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong, where disagreements similar to those that have held back the FTAA will be prominent, the United States wanted a formal statement of common purpose from its own hemisphere.
The nations of the Mercosur took a stand against renewing FTAA talks to declare their opposition to free trade agreements along the NAFTA model that do not take into account the needs of developing countries while locking in competitive advantages for developed nations.
americas.irc-online.org /am/2954   (1546 words)

 Free Trade Area of the Americas
Ministerial Declaration of the Eighth Ministerial of the FTAA.
Trading Away Health: Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
Testimony Before the Subcommittee on International Trade of the Senate Committee on Finance on the Status of the Free Trade Area of the Americas: Negotiations and Preparations for the Miami Ministerial.
www.cptech.org /ip/ftaa   (926 words)

 Free Trade Area of the Americas - US Department of State
Trade ministers from the 34 countries participating in the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) held the Eighth Ministerial Meeting in Miami on November 20-21, 2003, in order to provide guidance for the final phase of the FTAA negotiations.
At the Miami ministerial the trade officials reaffirmed their commitment to the successful conclusion of the FTAA negotiations by January 2005, with the ultimate goal of achieving an area of free trade and regional integration.
The ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to a comprehensive and balanced FTAA that will most effectively foster economic growth, the reduction of poverty, development, and integration through trade liberalization.
usinfo.state.gov /wh/americas/regional_trade/ftaa.html   (328 words)

 Belo Horizonte | FTAA | Intellectual Property
Consumer groups are also concerned about trade policies that limit consumer access to new healthcare inventions.
In the area of healthcare, governments clearly have the power to require plain paper packaging of cigarettes, bar billboard ads for cigarettes or alcoholic beverages, require standardized packaging of infant formula, and other matters which protect the public's health.
Multinational corporations consider this practice to be free- riding on their development costs, an infringement on their intellectual property rights, and a form of patent piracy, while many developing countries have considered this practice a fair strategy in their national efforts to catch up in the race for technology development.
www.cptech.org /pharm/belopaper.html   (10487 words)

 U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Free Trade Area of the Americas
The proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the U.S. Chamber's top hemispheric trade priority.
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other executive branch agencies to ensure that the emerging text of the FTAA reflects the priorities of our members, and AACCLA and its member AmChams are doing the same with their host governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The U.S. Chamber conducted the most ambitious range of activities of any business organization at recent FTAA ministerials as well as the associated Americas Business Forums, including preparing the most comprehensive set of policy recommendations of any business group.
www.uschamber.com /issues/index/international/ftaa.htm   (390 words)

 Salon.com News | Free trade, closed talks
The diplomats are there to negotiate the sweeping Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement.
The FTAA, an idea first spawned at the Summit of the Americas in 1994, would dismantle protectionist policies that ban trade on certain products and services and would eliminate tariffs on goods imported and exported between member countries.
Organizers expect 15,000 demonstrators, some of whom, like anarchists who deride the future pact as "brawny and bigamist 'free' trade" would like to stop the FTAA altogether, while others want its negotiations to be more open and inclusive, and lead to increased protections for labor and the environment.
archive.salon.com /news/feature/2001/04/20/ftaa   (889 words)

 Free Trade Area of the Americas
But during the 19th and 20th centuries, the rise of the American middle class offered hope to impoverished peoples throughout the world, hope that upward mobility was possible, if not for them then perhaps for their children.
Although keeping the general public in the dark as to their real plans, FTAA sponsors admit that the FTAA is intended to follow in the footsteps of the EU – and so will lead to the abolition of meaningful national borders.
America has long been admired as the land of opportunity.
www.prisonplanet.com /archives/freetrade.htm   (400 words)

 Global Exchange : FTAA: Free Trade Area of the Americas
The Central American Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2004 - find out how you can stop CAFTA from becoming a stepping stone to the FTAA.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is an attempt to expand the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to every country in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, except Cuba.
Add your support to the thousands of people who are organizing to show that NAFTA should not be expanded but should be replaced with an international system of cooperation that fosters social equality, human rights, cultural diversity, environmental sustainability, and community well being.
www.globalexchange.org /ftaa   (421 words)

 ONIA - Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In December 1994, at the first Summit of the Americas, the 34 democratically elected Heads of State of the Western Hemisphere agreed to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005.
The FTAA will eliminate trade and investment barriers on virtually all goods and services traded by member countries, reducing prices for consumers and creating new markets for producers throughout the hemisphere.
To speak with an international trade specialist regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas, please call (202) 482-0393.
www.mac.doc.gov /ftaa2005   (156 words)

 ALCA - FTAA - ZLEA - Official Website of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Process (FTAA)
We recognize and welcome the interests and concerns that different sectors of society have expressed in relation to the FTAA.
Ministers Responsible for Trade in the FTAA participating countries, San José, Costa Rica, March 1998
We invite members of civil society to send us their contributions in writing.
www.ftaa-alca.org /alca_e.asp   (157 words)

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