Urgent action is needed as the EU-Malaysia FTA and the TPPA could be wrapped up by year-end, reports Fauwaz Abdul Aziz.
Civil society groups around the world have upped the ante in the global struggle to protect and promote access to medicine and focused their attention on the European Union-India free trade agreement (FTA) currently being negotiated between the two governments, reports Fauwaz Abdul Aziz of Third World Network.
The MTUC president says the time has come for the 800000-strong workers’ movement to mobilise against the free trade agreements that the government is negotiating, reports Fauwaz Abdul Aziz.
US-led free trade agreements continue to face stiff oppositions even as they gain traction with some governments turning to such pacts in the hope of boosting their sagging economies, reports Chee Yoke Heong.
Corporate lobby groups exert tremendous influence over the European Union Commission, says lobby watchdog body Corporate Europe Observatory, but this is often kept away from the public eye. Are we seeing the same level of secrecy in the EU-Malaysia FTA talks?
The FTA issue is so serious; and the fact that the Malaysian government is taking it so lightly is alarming, says Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan.
Activists from the Anti-FTA Coalition gathered on 3 Dec 2010 at the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) in Kuala Lumpur to hand over a memorandum registering their concern over Malaysia’s plan to enter into free trade agreement negotiations.
Civil society groups that gathered in Brussels for the Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) have called for the cancellation of the free trade agreements between the EU and developing Asian nations, reports the Inquirer.
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Malaysia and the United States, which kicked off yesterday (12 June 2006) on the island of Penang, were wrapped in secrecy even though the issues to be discussed have far-reaching implications for Malaysian citizens and Malaysia as a sovereign nation. Mind you, all this is unfolding within the larger context of the din, frenzy and exhilaration of the World Cup.