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NAFTA

NAFTA


Short for the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA is a free trade deal between Canada, the US and Mexico that has been in place since 1995. It replaced the Free Trade Agreement (FTA?) negotiated between Canada and the US in 1988. NAFTA was intended to:
  • increase trade between the three North American countries,
  • secure access for exporters to a continental market
  • create employment and increase prosperity for all three countries.
NAFTA eliminated tarriffs? on the vast majority of goods but left the following issues inresolved:
trucking? immigration the environment and agricultural subsidies?.

[+] Mixed results after 10 years

[+] Controversy over Chapter 11


free trade, globalization, economic development, FTAA?, poverty, inequality?, human rights, trade disputes?, WTO, market economy, race to the bottom.

Positions on this issue:


[+] Position: Be pragmatic and live with trade irritations in the intrest of good relations with the US.

[+] Lower wages are because of competition with Asia, not because of NAFTA.

[+] Position: scrap nafta, and live with GATT.

[+] Position: forget free trade, and rebuild the social economy.

[+] Position: focus specifically on eliminating chapter 11.

sources and resources


NAFTA - wikipedia
Columbia News(external link) - Panelists Discuss NAFTA Benefits 10 Years Later
Official Website of the Free Trade Area of the Americas(external link) - (FTAA)
CBC News Indepth(external link) - Summit of the Americas 2004
Public Citizen(external link) - Nafta at 10 series.
The Zapatista uprising: Ten years later(external link) - relationship to NAFTA
US International Trade Administration(external link) Nafta 10 years later.







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