MEFTA

US-Middle East Free Trade Agreement


  • 29-Jan-2009 lescommunistes.org
    Palestine et Moyen Orient : Combattre le néolibéralisme et le pouvoir des Etats Unis

    L’idée centrale de la stratégie du "Nouveau Moyen Orient" des Etats-Unis est l’intensification des politiques économiques néolibérales - comme la privatisation, les accords de libre échange, la réduction des dépenses du secteur public, l’ouverture à l’investissement étranger, la suppression des subventions d’Etat, etc. - dans tous les Etats de la région.

  • 16-Jul-2008 The Bullet
    Palestine in the Middle East: Opposing neoliberalism and US power

    It is not merely the depth of suffering or length of exile that makes the Palestinian struggle an imperative of international solidarity in the current period. It is also the central location of the struggle within the broader context of global resistance to imperialism and neoliberalism. At the heart of this regional framework is the intrinsic relationship between the development of neoliberal capitalism in the Middle East and normalization of relations with Israel. All of the efforts of the US and their client regimes in the region are aimed at promoting these.

  • 28-Feb-2008
    New US push for Mideast free trade deal

    US officials are engaged in "informal" talks with several GCC countries on possibly concluding a Middle East Free Trade Agreement (Mefta) by 2014, it was revealed yesterday.

  • 27-Feb-2008 Gulf Daily News
    New US push for Mideast free trade deal

    US officials are engaged in "informal" talks with several GCC countries on possibly concluding a Middle East Free Trade Agreement (Mefta) by 2014, it was revealed yesterday.

  • 13-Feb-2008 Global Research
    The Mediterranean Union: Dividing the Middle East and North Africa

    The Middle East and North Africa are in the process of being divided into spheres of influence between the European Union and the United States. Essentially the division of the Middle East and North Africa are between Franco-German and Anglo-American interests. There is a unified stance within NATO in regards to this re-division.

  • 31-Jan-2008 Al Bawaba
    Interview: US to push free trade in Middle East

    Carlos M. Gutierrez, the influential and persuasive US Secretary of Commerce plans to use a keynote business conference in Jordan to press home the ambition of the Bush administration to see the establishment of a regional US-Middle East Free Trade Area by the deadline of 2013.

  • 28-Dec-2007 Al-Ahram
    Vying for position

    The European Union and the United States are increasingly involved in a widening medley of trade and other agreements in the Middle East and North Africa region. As the EU and US push for more and varied free trade agreements, rivalries between these global economic giants also spur competition among Arab countries.

  • 20-Dec-2007 Al-Ahram
    Joining the fold

    The US since 2000 espoused even closer links between its strategic interests and trade liberalisation. Europe is not far behind.

  • 27-Apr-2007
    Israeli industrialists’ strategy in the global supply chain

    The aim of this paper is to try to understand the Israeli industrialists’ strategy in the globalization process in the course of the recent years. The new strategy was implemented in the days of the first Intifada (the Palestinian uprising) in the late 80s. At that time voices were heard in the Association of Israeli Industrialists, the strongest organization of Israeli employers, advocating an agreement with the Palestinians which would not oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, as long as the Palestinian economic dependence on Israel is preserved.

  • 26-Mar-2007
    Fakhro, Monroe to lead Kingdom at MEFTA meet

    The US Ambassador William T Monroe and the Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Hassan Abdulla Fakhro will lead the Bahraini team at the Middle East Free Trade Area (MEFTA) Trade and Investment Conference in London on March 29.

  • 22-Mar-2007
    Reviving the Maghreb Union through economy before politics

    Foreign ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) announced at the conclusion of their 26th round in Rabat that they would establish a Maghreb investment and trade bank owned by the central banks of the five AMU member states (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania) with an initial capital of $1 billion, i.e. sevenfold the total assets of their commercial banks.

  • 18-Dec-2006 Washington File
    US trade, investment deals in Middle East advance bolder goals

    Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) the United States signs with countries in the Middle East and North Africa help realize the vision of a regional free trade area integrated with global economy, US officials say.

  • 6-Dec-2006 Peterson Institute
    A US-Middle East trade agreement: A circle of opportunity?

    In 2003 President George W Bush proposed a US-Middle East free trade agreement (FTA) to bring “an expanding circle of opportunity” to the region. This new book from the Peterson Institute examines whether an FTA can achieve this goal and the trajectory for a likely agreement.

  • 19-Feb-2006 IPS
    US free traders retreat on UAE ports deal

    In a replay of congressional efforts last year that foiled a bid by a Chinese company to buy a US oil firm, a group of hawkish US lawmakers, citing national security concerns, are trying to block a deal that gives a major Arab company control over a British firm that runs some US ports.

  • 13-Feb-2006 Washington Institute
    Free trade agreements: The quiet economic track of US Middle East policy

    Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has placed democratization and reform in the Middle East at the top of its agenda. While press reports have focused on political developments, another key component to the American strategy entails encouraging economic growth, modernization, and liberalization throughout the region.

  • 12-Feb-2006 MENAFN
    No US-ME free trade talks this year but with Egypt

    According to US Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East Shaun Donnelly, the only Arab country under consideration for beginning FTA talks before the summer of 2007 is Egypt.

  • 21-Jan-2006 IPS
    Oman pact boosts US agenda in the Middle East

    The Bush administration is pushing a spate of free trade agreements with its allies in the Middle East that mostly lack input from marginalised local communities or civil society groups.

  • 17-Nov-2005
    US ’Big Brother’ attitude in FTAs draws criticism

    Arabs attending a conference in Bahrain blasted yesterday Washington’s "Big Brother" attitude in bilateral Free Trade Agreements, saying they are political tools to serve US interests rather than enhance economic prosperity in the region.

  • 18-Oct-2005 White House
    Bush notifies Congress of intent to sign FTA with Oman

    "Entering into an FTA with Oman will build on the FTAs that we already have with Israel, Jordan, and Morocco, as well as the FTA that we have concluded with Bahrain, and will be an important step on the path to fulfilling my vision of developing economic growth and democracy in the Middle East and creating a US Middle East Free Trade Area (MEFTA) by 2013."

  • 30-Sep-2005 Gulf News
    Bahrain societies flay move to normalise ties with Israel

    Nineteen societies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have rapped moves to normalise relations with Israel and called for joint national and regional efforts to abort the US-initiated Broader Middle East project.

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