“Free Trade” to deepen poverty and inequality in Southeast Asia

Regional economic integration should advance and not threaten peoples’ interests STATEMENT OF THEAsia-Europe Peoples Campaign vs. FTAs [1]on the 40th ASEAN Minister’s Meeting in Manila (July 30-August 2, 2007) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s keynote speech at the opening of the 40th ASEAN Minister’s Meeting in Manila today, trumpeted yet again the vision of ASEAN as…

The Campaign ends, but the struggle continues…

We bring the Stop the New Round! (SNR!) campaign to a close. It has been a most grueling and glorious eight months for the farmers, fishers, workers and public interest groups and individuals who came together in February to push for wide-ranging reforms in Philippine trade, agriculture, industrial and general development policy. We take this…

NGOs Call on Governments to Reject the 13 September Draft Text

The text of 13 September completely sidelines developing countries’ positions which they have voiced for a long time. It also back-tracks on the development promises made in Doha. US/EU – WTO Secretariat Driven Text The text does not represent developing countries’ concerns in all areas. It is also not a reflection of the positions expressed…

WTO Parusa sa mundo!

Nagaganap ngayon (Setyembre 10 – 13) sa Cancun Mexico ang ika-5 Ministerial Meeting ng World Trade Organization kung saan muling pag-uusapan kung paano pahihirapan ng mga mayayamang mga bansa ang mga mahihirap at ‘di pa maunlad na mga bansa gaya ng Pilipinas. Ang mga mayayamang bansa tulad ng United States(US), Japan, Canada, mga bansang kasapi…

Martsa ng Masa Laban Sa Bagong WTO Round!

Pahayag ng Stop the New Round! CoalitionState of the Nation Address (SONA) Patuloy ang pangunguna ng Pilipinas sa martsa ng liberalisasyon sa ilalim ng bandera ng World Trade Organization (WTO). Sa Pilipinas, bida sa martsang ito si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo na nanguna sa pagpasa ng Senado noong 1994-95 ng labing siyam (19) na mga…

REMOVE MAYNILAD! SOLVE THE WATER CRISIS IN POOR COMMUNITIES!

This report attempts a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the Philippines’ membership in the World Trade Organization. It finds the country deriving no benefits from membership but incurring tremendous costs. Being in this multilateral body has been an unmitigated disaster for the country. Indeed, the appropriate term for the Philippine experience in the WTOfrom…