Ngā Toki Whakarururanga brings a Te Tiriti o Waitangi perspective to the trade policy space, which requires the Government of New Zealand to uphold and actively protect Māori rights to exercise authority over our lands, waters, resources and all taonga. That includes for IPEF.
Many free trade and investment agreements allow multinational corporations to undermine democracy via a secret pseudo-court system known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
APWLD produces the briefing paper to unpack the understanding of CSOs and movements on how neoliberal trade and investment agreements, and how the current system are undermining food sovereignty and women’s human rights while cementing corporate power.
The proposition that the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity will not be enforceable is an illusion.
Pillar 1 of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity is entitled “Trade” and is expected to have binding and enforceable trade-related commitments.
Trade justice activists slammed the lack of transparency in the IPEF negotiation process. Social movements have showing resistance to demand prioritising labour, climate justice, and human rights over corporate profits in Indo-Pacific trade talks.
Splits within South American trade bloc Mercosur have dampened hopes in the European Union of a trade deal, which could fall apart if it does not get done by the end of the year.
India and Brazil have joined forces to expand the India-Mercosur Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), aiming to strengthen their economic ties.
Korean Presiden and Indian Prime Minister explored ways to improve their economic partnership by improving a free trade agreement Korea and India signed, known as the CEPA, and lowering non-tariff barriers.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in December 2022, between the United States (US) trade representative and the AfCFTA Secretariat at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit (Summit) in Washington DC.
Brazil’s president is asking for a meeting of leaders from the European Union and Mercosur to decide on a trade deal this year, during his presidency at the South American bloc.
In order for businesses to fully take advantage of the opportunities provided by South Africa being part of BRICS and Africa, several infrastructure challenges have to be overcome, which the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) could help solve.