Category Archives: Trade Agreements

Why RCEP is the problem, not the solution

Source: inquirer.net | May 17, 2017 On May 2-12, the 16 member-countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) met in Manila for their 18th round of negotiations to craft a multilateral trade deal that would affect half of the world’s … Continue reading

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Intellectual property, affordable medicine, and universal health care

By Dr. Maria Guevara, Business world online| May 05, 2017 MANILA IS SET to host the 18th round of the multilateral trade deal — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that encompasses 50% of the global population.  With the Philippines … Continue reading

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Oppose RCEP! Fight for Pro-People Trade!

People Over Profit Statement on the 18th Round of Negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Manila, Philippines 10 May 2017 Amid growing dissent and discontent globally against neoliberal free trade and investment agreements (FTAs), trade negotiators from … Continue reading

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Trade laws that rob common people

Dr Gopal Dabade, Deccan Herald|  May 8 2017 If the RCEP talks materialise, they will give big companies a market access to over 3 billion people. Trade between countries has existed since time immemorial. The World Tr­ade Organisation (WTO) is … Continue reading

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MSF response on RCEP negotiations in the Philippines

Source: MSF Access Campaign New Delhi, 8 May 2017 – The Philippines is set to host the 18th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement’s negotiations in Manila this week. Negotiators from the ten members of the … Continue reading

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The TPP is an even worse deal without the US and should be abandoned

A TPP without the US would lock in all the deal’s most damaging and politically controversial clauses on stronger medicine and copyright monopolies and investor rights to sue governments while delivering almost no additional market access, AFTINET Convener Patricia Ranald … Continue reading

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Trade officials head off to save the TPP

By Audrey Young, New Zealand Herald| May 1, 2017 New Zealand trade officials are heading to two important meetings this week, to a TPP-11 meeting in Canada, to save TPP without the United States, and to Argentina to resume talks between … Continue reading

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