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.
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.’”
This is an urgent call by 316 civil society organisations from across the Asian and Pacific countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes the 10 ASEAN Member States with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Trade ministers of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are set to meet on November 3-4 in Cebu, Philippines aiming to resolve roadblocks to the negotiations.
More than just being a trade deal, the TPP is an important component of the US scheme to maintain its hegemony in Asia Pacific.
EPAs are damaging to our regional integration, damaging to African unity, and will undermine the struggles and the outcomes of what Africa has, under great difficulties, managed to achieve within the multilateral trading system of the WTO.