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  Free Trade Area of the Americas
Free trade and free markets are put forth by economic policy makers and promoted by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO) to be the catch-all solution to poverty and inequality, and the key to increased prosperity for all people.
This is the most basic free trade concept, in that tariffs are a direct restriction on the flow of trade, but, as you will see, tariffs are one of many equally important free trade elements.
International trade can play a useful role in prosperity and global well-being, but it should not be seen as a goal in and of itself or as the catchall solution to hemispheric problems.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /NAFTA_FTAA/FreeTradeAreaAmericas.html   (4486 words)

  
 The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership - Free-Trade Area
This is to be achieved by means of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements negotiated and concluded between the European Union and the Mediterranean Partners, together with free trade agreements between the partners themselves.
The European Commission, being in charge of trade and economic cooperation with the South and Eastern Mediterranean, is responsible for preparing, negotiating and implementing Association Agreements.
As well as bilateral "vertical" trade liberalisation with Europe, the Mediterranean Partners are committed to implement free trade among themselves ("horizontal" or South-South integration).
ec.europa.eu /comm/external_relations/euromed/free_trade_area.htm   (429 words)

  
 ASEAN Free Trade Area : An Update
Although originally scheduled to be realised by 2008, the target of a free trade area in ASEAN was continuously moved forward.
These products are permanently excluded from the free trade area for reasons of protection of national security, public morals, human, animal or plant life and health and articles of artistic, historic and archaeological value.
In customs, efforts are being directed at removing barriers to trade at customs points through the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures and specifically, measures such as the harmonisation of tariff nomenclature and the accelerated implementation of the WTO Valuation Agreement.
www.aseansec.org /10342.htm   (1308 words)

  
 FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas
Another view is that negotiations should fully examine the use of trade remedies in the hemisphere and engage in substantive negotiation aimed at improving the operation and application of these laws consistent with the objectives of a free trade area.
To instruct the Trade Negotiations Committee to approve a detailed program of trade negotiations before June 19, 1998, in which the terms of reference for the negotiation groups and the date for ending their mandates will be defined.
To instruct the Trade Negotiations Committee to advance in their first meeting in the mechanisms of business facilitation to be adopted in the short term.
www.canadianliberty.bc.ca /relatedinfo/free_trade_area.html   (3175 words)

  
 ONIA - Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
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)

  
 Arab Free Trade Area Agreement (1997)
Commission specialized Arab organizations, joint Arab financial institutions and Arab federations, each in its area of specialization, to monitor the implementation of this Resolution, and seek to develop their systems and functions to suit the need to achieve the goal of establishing the Pan-Arab Free Trade Area.
Arab goods included in trade in accordance with this Program shall be treated as national goods in the party-states in respect to rules of origin, specifications and measurements, health and security safeguard clauses as well as local charges and taxes.
In line with Article XIII of the Agreement to Facilitate and Develop Inter-Arab Trade, a committee shall be formed to settle disputes in all cases associated with the enforcement of the Agreement to Facilitate and Develop Inter-Arab Trade as well as any dispute over the implementation of this Program.
www.bilaterals.org /article.php3?id_article=2309   (4871 words)

  
 The Free Trade Area of the Americas
While the proposal is indeed to extend free trade to all countries of the Americas except for Cuba, its more fundamental impact will be its targeting of public services for privatization and deregulation.
These demands, delivered through massive grassroots organizing, have undoubtedly had a slowing effect on governments rushing to consolidate free trade, as in refusal of the U.S. Congress to grant FastTrack authority to President Clinton in1997, the defeat of the MAI in 1998, and the curtailment of WTO deliberations in 1999.
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.
henningcenter.berkeley.edu /gateway/ftaa.html   (1743 words)

  
 Free Trade and Globalization - Global Issues
While internationalism and equitable global trading allowing fair development is probably what most people would like to see, the current model of corporate-led free trade and its version of globalization that has resulted, has come under criticism by many, many NGOs, developing nation governments and ordinary citizens.
Supposed to be a “Development” round of trade talks, the almost five year-long Doha round collapsed at the end of July, 2006.
Protectionism is often referred to as being a barrier to free trade.
www.globalissues.org /TradeRelated/FreeTrade.asp   (1104 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)

  
 Islamic global free trade area urged - Business - Middle East Times
The idea of an Islamic trade area was simultaneously being promoted in Saudi Arabia this week, where the 9th International Business Forum in Jeddah stressed the need to boost mutual investment as well as trade between Muslims and Arab countries.
Inter-Muslim trade currently represented less than 10 percent of the trade of OIC counties, and he called for a target of 25 percent by the year 2015.
Rashdi went on to suggest that once the free trade area was established, the OIC countries should move to establish a formal customs union that could include an external common tariff to be applied against goods from the non-Islamic world.
www.metimes.com /articles/normal.php?StoryID=20051005-061013-1611r   (1045 words)

  
 U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Area - US Department of State
Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) the United States signs with countries in the Middle East and North Africa help realize the vision of a regional free trade area integrated with global economy, U.S. officials say.
TIFAs are “part of a set of tools we are using under the Middle East Free Trade Area initiative [MEFTA] … to deepen and expand our engagement with key partners in the region, as well as to seek to assist their efforts at economic reform and development,” a U.S. official told USINFO.
Free Trade Agreement with Oman Gains Final Passage by Senate
usinfo.state.gov /mena/middle_east_north_africa/us_me_free_trade.html   (387 words)

  
 The Free Trade Area of the Americas
The Free Trade Area of the Americas is one outcome of this new thinking, and through it the countries of the Western Hemisphere are now taking steps to realize the Pan American dream.
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.
While lowering trade barriers among the member countries is at the heart of the FTAA negotiations, the range of questions addressed by the nine Negotiating Groups makes it clear that broader, more comprehensive hemispheric integration is at stake.
www.latam.ufl.edu /publications/ftaa_paper.html   (4928 words)

  
 Pakistan, China to set up free trade area
Chen Chao, an official with the International Trade Department of China's Ministry of Commerce, also said the relationship between the two nations is a very favourable factor for the FTA talks.
FTA was raised at a time when such trade arrangements are becoming increasingly popular and Pakistan stepped up its efforts to promote trade and investment.
China is holding FTA talks at different levels with countries in Southeast Asia, around the Gulf and in Latin America.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /english/doc/2004-12/26/content_403376.htm   (1305 words)

  
 ALA | Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
FTA's are international agreements made between two or more nations that relate to common trade or service issues.
(The World Trade Organization acronym for "trade related aspects of intellectual property rights" is TRIPS [See Related link] a comprehensive multilateral agreement on intellectual property that became effective in 1995.) The draft terms provide mechanisms to protect new technological methods of communication and ensure that the protection will keep pace with future technological advancements.
In the FTAA negotiations, 34 nations of North, South and Central America are negotiating a comprehensive regional trade agreement for the Americas similar to NAFTA.
www.ala.org /ala/washoff/WOissues/copyrightb/intlcopyright/freetradearea.htm   (1177 words)

  
 ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)
The CEPT is the mechanism by which tariffs on goods traded within the ASEAN region, which meet a 40% ASEAN content requirement, will be reduced to 0-5% by the year 2002/2003 (2006 for Vietnam, 2008 for Laos and Myanmar, and 2010 for Cambodia).
In the area of tariff nomenclature, work is continuing to establish and implement a common tariff nomenclature for the region, which will be harmonised at the 8-digit level, based on the Harmonised System (HS) of the World Customs Organisation.
An ASEAN Framework Agreement on trade in services was adopted at the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in December 1995.
www.us-asean.org /afta.asp   (2606 words)

  
 Free Trade Area of the Americas
The gradual elimination of trade and investment barriers in the region is the aim of the FTAA, an initiative that emerged from the 1994 Summit of the Americas.
In the UNEP document on Trade and Environment, the agency's director, Klaus Toepfer, calls for more active UN participation in trade negotiations, and urges greater emphasis on issues such as trade in environmental goods and services, as well as curbing the negative environmental impacts of agricultural trade subsidies.
Multilateral organizations like the World Bank, specialized groups like the Trade Forum, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, as well as representatives from a broad spectrum of civil society groups will also be on hand in Cancun, proposing different approaches and alternatives to the international trade negotiations.
tierramerica.net /2003/1118/iconectate.shtml   (4927 words)

  
 Top Ten Reasons to Oppose the
Free Trade Area of the Americas
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is another example of the free-market fundamentalism that has created a global race-to-the-bottom that threatens the environment, families' livelihoods, human rights, and democracy.
The export-driven growth model promoted by "free trade" agreements and the policies of the World Bank and the IMF have destroyed ecosystems around the world.
US trade negotiators are trying use the FTAA to force other countries to accept the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
www.globalexchange.org /campaigns/ftaa/topten.html   (1193 words)

  
 Free Trade Area of Americas (FTAA)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
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.
The Heads of State of the 34 democracies in the region agreed to construct a "Free Trade Area of the Americas" or FTAA and to complete negotiations for the agreement by 2005.
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)

  
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The EFTA Convention established a free trade area among its Member States in 1960.
In addition, the EFTA States have jointly concluded free trade agreements with a number of countries worldwide.
At its Headquarters in Geneva the EFTA Secretariat serves the EFTA Council and its substructure in implementing the EFTA Convention and free trade agreements worldwide.
www.efta.int   (348 words)

  
 Middle East Free Trade Area - SourceWatch
HR 4340: "Statement of Why the United States – Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Is In the Interest of U.S. Commerce," U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, 109th Congress.
Hans Lebrecht, "Road map leads to free trade zone," Guardian (UK), July 2, 2003: "This zone would be dominated by US monopoly corporations, and set-up to oust the European Union, particularly Germany and France, from their current position of being the main trading partners in the region.
News Release: "United States to Begin Free Trade Negotiations This Week with the United Arab Emirates and Oman," Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 8, 2005.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Middle_East_Free_Trade_Area   (2489 words)

  
 Free Trade Area of Americas... but not that free | Samizdata.net
The FTAA thing is just another example of his hatred of free trade (protections for steel and the massive farm subsidies bill being others).
These people who are whining about "free trade" are pissing in the wind and imaging they can turn back history.
Free trade belonged to capitalism's youth, not its old age.
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/002327.html   (3933 words)

  
 FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) - PC(USA)
The Free Trade Areas of the Americas -- trade rules which would cover all of the Americas except Cuba -- has been greeted by vigorous opposition from activists in all of the potentially affected countries.
Oppose multinational actions and trade agreements that elevate rights of corporations over the right of governments and indigenous peoples to pass and enforce laws that preserve the public good and protect their citizens, economies, and environments.
Call on the U. trade representative to withdraw from any further negotiations on the proposed FTAA until there has been full public disclosure of its proposed text, open public debate, and a place at the negotiating table for representatives of the diverse sectors of civil society who would be affected by this agreement.
www.pcusa.org /trade/ftaa.htm   (1771 words)

  
 Free Trade Area of the Americas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
BOGOTA - Indigenous and fl people, trade unionists and victims of the armed conflict in Colombia are preparing to fight the ratification of the free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, which will be signed by the trade ministers of both countries Wednesday in Washington.
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   (702 words)

  
 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
The FTAA process co-exists with existing trade agreements and the sub-regional trade blocs can have a place at the negotiating table.
Establish a Free Trade Area in which barriers to trade in goods, services and investment are progressively eliminated by no later than 2005
The negotiations have been stalled since the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) failed to reach consensus on the framework for negotiations in the nine negotiating groups, following the 8th Ministerial Meeting held in Miami, Florida in November 2003.
www.mfaft.gov.jm /?q=free-trade-area-of-the-americas-ftaa   (380 words)

  
 The Case for a U.S. -Israel Free Trade Area
According to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, an FTA Agreement requires that "the duties and other restrictive regulations of commerce fbe'] eliminated on substantially all the trade" between two countries.
And its increasing prosperity, assisted by free trade, would provide a powerful example for the citizens of Arab countries who have grown tired of continuing poverty brought on by statist economic policies and military opposition to Israel.
Thus a Free Trade Area with Israel would advance the economic and political goals of both countries.
www.heritage.org /Research/TradeandForeignAid/EM53.cfm   (749 words)

  
 The Right to Read - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
By 2047, libraries offering free public access to scholarly literature were a dim memory.
In 2001 the US began attempting to use the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty to impose the same rules on all the countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The FTAA is one of the so-called "free trade" treaties, actually designed to give business increased power over democratic governments; imposing laws like the DMCA is typical of this spirit.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/right-to-read.html   (1918 words)

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