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    Naoual RAHALI:
    25-Oct-2006

    Bonjour,
    je suis une étudiante marocaine, je poursuis actuellement un master recherche en management en france. je voudrais bien pouvoir poser une question à M. Mohamed BENAYAD à propos d’une citation qu’il a évoqué "l’accord nous offre un cadre d’action, de réformes. Maintenant, tout dépendra de comment va-t-on profiter de cet accord. il fait agir et profiter de cet accord sans se créer de faux débats".
    ceci a énormément attiré mon attention du fait que c’est exactement mon sujet de mémoire de recherche.
    j’aimerai bien avoir l’email de M.Mohamed BENNAYAD pour bénéficier de son expérience et me guider dans mon travail de recherche.
    merci


    21-Oct-2006

    Oscar Arias es un arrogante con pretensiones de intelectual y líder mundial.

    dunwanak Onform:
    19-Oct-2006

    It would be great to see that many people come out in opposition to the United State’s increasingingly domineering role in international politics. Their disregard for inate human rights in exchange for economic advantage has become more transparent than ever under the current administration. I actually think this is a good thing. The lack of concern for human rights and neccesity to strive economically has always been a main concern for the US. Perhaps people will begin to question the integrity of authority throughout the country and even internationally as well.

    The other point i want to comment made by Jayakumar. The neccesity of the state to be open to the people is a given. if there is to be a state at the very least they should have to be honest with the people. this proves the problem incompassed in the existance of the state and capitalism. the state does not exist for the people. it exists for the betterment of the state and the bourgeoisie, including political figures and the "haves."

    Brian Dear:
    19-Oct-2006

    I think there are some intellectual property concerns in this issue as well. Korea historically has not recognized U.S. intellectual property claims. There should be legitimate concern over Korean firms stealing patent-protected drugs.

    Brian Dear:
    19-Oct-2006

    The current North Korean standoff further illustrates the value of FTAs. It will increase regional stability.

    Brian Dear:
    19-Oct-2006

    The protectionism exhibited by Seoul and the Korean rice industry is a classic example of why FTAs should be expanded. I live in Korea and the price of rice is extremely high here because domestic rice farmers use outdated technology and inefficient processes. Why should I have to pay 50% more for rice in order to protect inefficient farmers. More of my small salary goes to pay for rice than it would under a Thailand-Korea FTA. So as a result, I have less money to spend on other things — this is harming the other businesses from which I can’t afford to purchase products or services. I am irritated that Korea is trying to protect and industry that should have modernized, but has no incentive because of protectionist trade policy.

    Brian Dear:
    19-Oct-2006

    What is ridiculous about this protest is the lack of understanding that the FTA will increase Korean security by assuring coverage under the U.S. nuclear umbrella. South Korea will be safer with the FTA agreement. With out the U.S. deterent, what will stop the impoverished North from trying to annex South Korea? I wrote about this subject in my Globalization, Economics and Security blog: http://superacidjax.blogspot.com. —Brian

    PETE:
    19-Oct-2006

    An article by Atty Tanya Lat (of Akbayan) contends that the JEPEPA will allow the trading of hazardous and toxic waste like hospital waste. Is this so?

    Carlos:
    19-Oct-2006

    En el artículo no hay bibliografía sobre las fuentes de los datos, eso hace sospechar que María Eugenìa Trejos es una panfletista divulgadora de los males del "demonio" globalizador.

    Karatchakarn Nouveau:
    18-Oct-2006

    Thailand is considered to be a lower-middle income country by the World Bank - not the upper-middle as stated in the article. Its income per capita is only US$ 2,755 which is less than one third of the standard US$ 10,000 to be regarded as the high income country.
    While Thailand believes that developing countries should be encouraged to make better use of the GSP program, eliminating the GSP benefits from one beneficiary will not automatically pass the benefits on to a less developed country. This because GSP only offers modest tariff reduction incentives of around 2 to 6 percent, which would not make those countries to suddenly become competitive in the U.S. market without improving their infrastructure and production capacity. In reality, those who stand to gain from the removal of GSP for Thailand are those countries that are competing against Thai products in the U.S. market like China, India, Italy, Canada and Mexico, which, with the exception of China and Italy, receive the same duty free treatment as Thailand.

    chenmh:
    17-Oct-2006

    the positive affirmation policy (new economic policy and quotas) is a big impediment to the growth of the country. since its inception in1970 it has implemented policies which have benefitted a powerful elite, while failing to relieve the lot of poor malays. non-bumiputras are are marginalised although theypay most of the taxes, and tolerated and endured the yoke of the unjust positive affirmative action measures for 35 years.
    although the nep has surpassed its target of 30% bumiputra equity, and the association of race with economic function has blurred, the new prime minister plans to extend the nep until 2020.continured implemtation of positive discrimination has driven away foreign investors, and latest statistics show indonesia is now attracting more fdis than malaysia.
    the proposed free trade arrangement between malaysia and usa cannot practise free trade effectively, because its internal trade is not free but based on restrictive practices of positive discrimination. if positive discrimination continues, the proposed malaysia - usa free trade agreement will become an unfree trade agreement., an aberration in the era of globalisation.

    chenmh:
    17-Oct-2006

    free trade between malaysia and united states has great potential, provided malaysia has free trade within its own borders. there are restrictions in the country such as positive discrimination in the form of a new economic policy and quotas.these restrictions have hampered economic growth and marginalised the non-bumiputra community. it has created and unfavourable investment climate to foreigners, causing foreign direct investments (fdi) to drop precitously. per capita income has also fallen far below that of s korea, hongkong, taiwan, singapore and japan
    malaysia has to be competitive which means it must liberalise its economy and politics, in order to meet the challenges of a global world.
    internal free trade in the country must be implemented, otherwise an international free trade agreement with america may not be successful. this is a top priority requirement for the proposed malaysia-usa free trade agreement.

    Libano Guerrero - Ingeniero Economista interesado en el progreso de Colombia.:
    13-Oct-2006

    La oposicion al TLC entre Colombia y USA es irracional y derrotista para los objetivos nacionales. Pareciera que los opositores quieren que Colombia se mantenga pobre y subdesarrollada porque asi quiza tienen mas posibilidades de influenciar la politica del pais. La globalizacion de la economia y el comercio es una tendencia que no tiene vuelta atras y los paises que cierren hoy sus puertas al comercio mundial sufriran los efectos a largo plazo en inestabilidad, pobreza y la consecuente violencia que estos generan. Nada mas hay que estudiar el desarrollo de los paises que hace tiempo han abierto sus mercados a la competencia (Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica y Venezuela en el pasado para no ir tan lejos) y los que por varias razones se se han cerrado a la economia mundial como Cuba, Haiti, Bolivia, y Colombia en el pasado para ver las consecuencias de su inactividad y aislamiento en el nivel de vida y desarrollo de sus habitantes.
    La apertura estilo Gaviria de los noventa si fue mala para el pais porque se abrio a las importaciones sin ningun acuerdo que abriera mercados para las exportaciones como se consigue con el TLC. Ahi esta la gran diferencia.

    Libano Guerrero
    Miami

    Gabriel:
    10-Oct-2006

    Exelente informacion, muchas gracias... un pequeño de talle, pereira se encuentra a unos 300 kilometros de bogota, no a 175... gracias, continuen asi...


    10-Oct-2006

    UDS, DEL SINDICATO EN COSTA RICA NO SABEN LO QUE ES LA REPRESION, SI QUIEREN VAYAN A CUBA PARA QUE VEAN QUE NO PUEDES PROTESTAR POR NADA, UNA COSA ES PROTESTAR POR EL DERECHO A LA DEMOCRACIA Y OTRA ES EL DESORDEN CIVIL. NO QUIERO DEFENDER A OSCAR ARIAS, PIENSO QUE ES UN BUEN PRESIDENTE, NO UN DICTADOR REPRESIVO, Y SI EN CUBA PROTESTAS SI TE PUEDE PASAR LO DE SIEMPRE, TIENES VARIOS CAMINOS, O MIAMI, O PRISION, O MUERTE EN EL MAR Y PARA SER MAS CRUEL CON SU OPINION IR A COSTA RICA EN BUSCA DE LIBERTAD Y DEMOCRACIA. CON RESPECTO AL TLC, NO ES BUENO COMPETIR CON EL SERVICIO Y LAS EMPRESAS AMERICANAS, NO INDUCIRIA A MEJORAR LOS SERVICIOS, EL EMPLEO Y LA CALIDAD DE VIDA DE LOS CIUDADANOS DE COSTA RICA?

    UN CUBANO DEL EXILIO

    Paul Argamosa:
    9-Oct-2006

    Full of nationalist/protectionist rhetoric without any pertinent knowledge on the merits and pitfalls of the FTA


    6-Oct-2006
    maria fornell:
    4-Oct-2006

    Lamentablemente, por ahora parece que el Uuguay va a contentarse con explorar in TIFA o Marco para inversions y comercio, es decir, un contrato mucho ams modesto que el TLC.
    Este ultimo no es politicamente viable hoy por hoy dada la ideologia de algunos en la coalicion de gobierno, ideologia compartida por las fuerzas sociales.
    Lo que se necesita es un lider politico que tenga autoridad para ser oido por las fuerzas sociales y que las socialice o eduque sobre las nuevas realidades de la Globalizacion.
    Si hasta Beijing anda en busca de tratados de libre comercio, por qué no los obreros uruguayos? van a ser mas realistas que el Rey? o mas comunistas que la China Roja?

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