The Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement: NAFTA for the Pacific Rim?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations...It is poised to become the largest Free Trade Agreement in the world...Here are some...questions...: Labor rights: Will the [TPP] include labor standards based on [ILO] conventions, and...how will they be enforced? Investment Provisions: Will the [TPP] include...provisions that allow individual corporations to challenge environmental, consumer and other public interest policies as barriers to trade? Public Procurement: Will the [TPP] respect...purchasing preferences that keep taxpayer dollars re-circulating in local economies? Access to Medicines: Will the [TPP] allow governments to produce and/or obtain affordable, generic medications...?... If labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, immigrant rights, human rights and other social justice advocates don’t force...negotiations into the public light, the answers to these questions aren’t likely to be ones we’ll be happy with.