Pacific civil society organisations statement on trade justice

, by Bilaterals

Pacific NGOs, churches and trade unions working on trade justice issues are concerned about the push for free trade agreements in the Pacific and the grave risk that these agreements pose for our people. For much of the past decade Pacific Island Countries have faced pressure from our developed country partners, international financial institutions and aid donors to move towards trade liberalisation through free trade agreements (FTAs) and through joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO). With the recent collapse of the Doha rounds in Geneva still fresh in our minds a key consequence is a race by a number of countries to secure an expansion of their overseas markets through bilateral and regional free trade agreements. Read more