On IUUF and WTO Elimination of Subsidies

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Primer on WTO fisheries subsidies is now available online. Score your free copy now! You can also watch the replay of WTO Fishing in Troubled Waters webinar here: https://www.facebook.com/APRNet/videos/6057095697741676 This publication is proudly presented by Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), Pamalakaya – Philippines, and People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS).

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Activists, CSOs bolster call to reject RCEP in Bali negotiations

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Carrying placards calling for the rejection of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), activists managed to slip past the tight security of Nusa Dua Complex in Bali, Indonesia to conduct a protest in front of the Bali International Convention Center where the RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee is holding its 25th negotiation round. Joining the […]

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Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian workers

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“The consequences of mega-FTAs on trade, labor and employment is much shown in many developing countries where, in order to maintain competitiveness, must adhere to “lowest common denominator rules” rather than meeting the highest possible standards. Recent developments in trade liberalization have permitted monopoly capitalists to dictate the cheapest value of labor and other production facilities, thereby disregarding decent standards, to accumulate bigger profit.”

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RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare

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After 22 negotiation rounds and several missed deadlines, the 10 ASEAN countries and their 6 free trade partners will meet again in July 2018 to try and move forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. While India’s hard stance on certain issues like tariff reduction has been a big factor in slowing down the past […]

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Changed acronyms, same neoliberal ruse: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

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by People Over Profit     The struggle to stop the Transpacific Partnership Agreement continues amid efforts to revive the zombie free trade deal. On Nov 11 2017, a new accord between 11 members of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement came out with a ministerial statement calling for the revival of the free trade deal following […]

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APRN Newsletter 2nd and 3rd Quarter 2017

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Our newsletter for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2017 is now available. Read on the recent updates on our campaign against RCEP, the anti-war convention in Toronto, the “Zombie TPPA,” and other activities by our network members. Click on the image below to view and download a copy.

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APRN Newsletter Second Quarter 2016

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APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. This quarter’s issue covers RCEP campaigns, negotiations, APRN’s participation at the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), AP-RCEM’s contribution to HLPF, APRN 2016 Biennial Conference happening on 3-4 November in Beirut, Lebanon and statements in support of South Korea’s opposition to the deployment of a US missile defense system, Japanese resistance to US military bases, and other updates.

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Civil society groups reject RCEP: Excessive corporate powers at the expense of people’s rights

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More than 80 representatives from trade unions, peasant communities, indigenous peoples, health networks, and women’s organisations met on 27-28 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to strategize around how to defeat the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and other emerging mega-regional free trade agreements (FTAs) in the region.

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What is the RCEP?

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega-regional trade deal that covers half of the world’s population, 38% of the world economy and nearly 30% of the world’s trade volume.

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