NAFTA of the Pacific?

TPP NAFTA of PacificThe Office of the United States Trade Representative posted the following on its site:

On November 12, 2011, the Leaders of the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States – announced the achievement of the broad outlines of an ambitious, 21st-century Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, promote innovation, economic growth and development, and support the creation and retention of jobs. President Obama along with the other eight TPP leaders agreed to seek to finalize an agreement in the coming year.

As our government pushes to finalize the TPP agreement, there will be a series of meetings and negotiations. One such negotiation meeting is scheduled to take place on February 1, 2012. Trade negotiators from throughout the Pacific Rim are secretly meeting in Los Angeles at a luxury Beverley Hills Hotel to hammer out the details of the largest regional free trade agreement the U.S. has ever seen. Corporate lobbyists are pushing hard for a business-as-usual pact that some are already calling “NAFTA of the Pacific.”

The California Fair Trade Coalition, AFL-CIO, Citizens Trade Campaign, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, Health Gap, Moana Nui and local members of the labor, environmental, Latino, and Asian-Pacific Island communities are asking the 99% to stand with them to prevent another corporate trade deal that benefits the 1% at the expense of working people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the environment.

The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement — Out of the public eye, trade ministers and corporate lobbyists (over 600 of whom have certified “corporate adviser” status) are pressing for a NAFTA-style deal that would:

  • Encourage off-shoring of US jobs and drive down wages
  • Roll back limits on Wall Street and environmental regulations
  • Give big-pharma power to stop generic AIDS drugs and other medicines
  • Let corporations and government put limits on libraries and public health campaigns

Will this become a “NAFTA of the Pacific?”

The California Fair Trade Coalition, AFL-CIO, Citizens Trade Campaign, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, Health Gap, Moana Nui and local members of the labor, environmental, Latino, and Asian-Pacific Island communities are planning a teach-in and Rally in LA:

COMMUNITY RALLY:
FAIR DEAL OR NO DEAL!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12 noon
Sofitel Luxury Suites
8555 Beverly Boulevard, Beverly Hills
(Across from the Beverly Center)

 

 

Info: Tim Robertson tim@citizenstrade.org

Matt Kavanagh matthew@healthgap.org

Photo Credit: han Soete on Flickr

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