Amid growing opposition against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), civil society groups in the Philippines and across Asia Pacific held actions and demonstrations to protest the regional trade deal currently under negotiation between 16 participating countries. From May 2-12, RCEP trade negotiators gathered at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila for the 18th round of negotiations as CSOs conducted parallel activities dubbed as a #NoRCEP week of action.
Amid growing dissent and discontent globally against neoliberal free trade and investment agreements (FTAs), trade negotiators from the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) gather in Manila, Philippines for its 18th Trade Negotiating Committee Meeting.
MANILA—As leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather in Manila, Philippines for the 30th ASEAN summit and concurrently the 18th round of RCEP negotiations [READ MORE]
As trade ministers from the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal converged in Kobe, Japan, the People Over Profit network strongly opposes the RCEP and warns of impending threats on people’s rights across Asia Pacific.
In time for another round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) starting from February 27 to March 3 in Kobe, Japan, which is said to be crucial in spelling out the chances that the free trade agreement or FTA will be approved by the end of the year, we of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) reiterate our opposition to the RCEP.
As the United States officially walks away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the people must remain vigilant over possible replacements. According to news reports, US President Donald Trump will seek to boost U.S. manufacturing through “one-on-one trade deals with countries that would allow the United States to quickly terminate them in 30 days ’if somebody misbehaves.’”
The widespread proliferation of FTAs in the past decade has resulted in decentralized neoliberal attacks in the different global regions that effectively undercut workers rights and displaced peasant communities and national minority groups from their lands.
Civil society groups and social movements from Indonesia and across Asia Pacific warned of intensified land grabs and unemployment as the 16th round of negotiations for the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) begins in Indonesia from Dec 7-9, 2016.
A planned ministerial meeting for countries involved in negotiating a plurilateral services trade agreement has been called off, sources confirmed, with negotiators and ambassadors to meet instead in [READ MORE]