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Glossary
AcronymMeaning
AAN Alternative Agriculture Network (Thailand)
ACMECS Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Partnership Strategy
ACP Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (countries/group)
ADB Asian Development Bank
ADM Arthur Daniel Midland (US)
AfDB African Development Bank
AEPF Asia-Europe People’s Forum
AFL-CIO American Federation of Labour - Congress of Industrial Organisations
AFTA ASEAN Free Trade Agreement
AFTINET Australia Fair Trade and Investment Network
AGOA African Growth Opportunity Act (US)
AIG American International Group
ALBA Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America
ALP Australia Labour Party
AMDH Moroccan Association for Human Rights
AMU Arab Maghreb Union
AoA Agreement on Agriculture (WTO)
AoP Assembly of the Poor (Thailand)
APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APMC Agricultural Produce and Market Committee (India)
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
ASEM Asia-Europe Meeting
ASSOCHAM Association Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
AUSFTA Australia-US Free Trade Agreement
BIMSTEC Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
BIT bilateral investment treaty
BNDES National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Brazil)
BSE Bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow disease")
CAF Andean Development Corporation
CAFTA US-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement
CAN Andean Community of Nations
CARICOM Caribbean Economic Community
CCC Commodity Credit Corporation (US)
CDB China Development Bank
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CEPA Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
CEPAL Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN)
COMESA Common Market for East and Southern Africa
COMESSA Community of Sahel-Saharan States
COMEX Ministry of Foreign Trade (Costa Rica)
CONASUPO National Company of Popular Subsistence (Mexico)
CP Charoen Pokphand (Thailand)
CSOs Civil Society Organisations
DDA Doha Development Agenda (WTO)
DTI Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)
EAFF East Africa Farmers Federation
ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EGAT PLC Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
EIA environmental impact assessment
EMFTA EU-Mediterranean Free Trade Agreement
ENCE National Cellulose Company of Spain
EPA Economic Partnership Agreement
EU European Union
FARC Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FDI foreign direct investment
FICCI Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
FIRE Feminist International Radio Endeavour
FTA Free trade agreement
FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas
GATS General Agreement on Trade in Services (WTO)
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
GDP gross domestic product
GM(O) genetically modified (organism)
GNP Grand National Party (Korea)
HIV/AIDS human immunodeficiency virus / acquired immune deficiency syndrome
HOR House of Representatives
IBSA India-Brazil-South Africa
ICSID International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank)
IDB Interamerican Development Bank
IDEALS Initiatives for Dialogue & Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services Inc. (Philippines)
IFAC Industry Functional Advisory Committee (US)
IIRSA Regional Integration of South American Infrastructure
ILSA Latin American Institute of Alternative Legal Services (Colombia)
IMF International Monetary Fund
IPR(s) intellectual property right(s)
JPEPA Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement
JTEPA Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement
KCTU Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
KoA Korean Alliance against the Korea-US FTA
KMP Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines)
KMU Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement)(Philippines)
KPL Korean Peasants League
MAI Multilateral Agreement on Investment (OECD)
MEFTA US-Middle East Free Trade Agreement
MERCOSUR Southern Cone Common Market (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela)
MITI Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Japan)
MP Member of Parliament
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement (Canada, USA, Mexico)
NAM National Association of Manufacturers (US)
NCR National Capital Region (Philippines)
NESAC National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Thailand)
NGOs non-governmental organizations
NHRC National Human Rights Commission (Thailand)
NLA National Legislative Assembly (Thailand)
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OIC Organisation of the Islamic Conference
PAD People’s Alliance for Democracy (Thailand)
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Australia)
PCCI Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PDVSA Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.
PhRMA Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
PLWHA people living with HIV/AIDS
PM Prime Minister
PNA Philippine Nurses Association
PO people’s organization
PROPAC Sub-regional Platform of Peasant Organisations of Central Africa
PTA Preferential Trade Agreement
RECALCA Colombian Action Network against Free Trade and the FTAA
ROPPA Network of Peasant and Agricultural Producers Organisations of West Africa
RTA Regional Trade Agreement
SAARC South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation
SACAU Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions
SACU Southern Africa Customs Union
SADC Southern African Development Community
SAFTA South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAARC)
SAG Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (Honduras)
SEIPI Semiconductors and Electronics Industries of the Philippines, Inc.
SEPA Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement
SEZ Special Economic Zone
SPS sanitary and phytosanitary standards
TAFTA Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement
TBT technical barriers to trade
TDRI Thai Development Research Institute
TIFA Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (US)
TNCs transnational corporations
TNP+ Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
TRIPS Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Agreement on) (WTO)
TRT Thai Rak Thai Party (Thailand)
TSE Supreme Electoral Tribunal/Court (Costa Rica)
UAE United Arab Emirates
UN United Nations
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNICE Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe (EU)
UPOV Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties
USAID US Agency for International Development
WAEMU West Africa Economic and Monetary Union
WEF World Economic Forum
WHO World Health Organisation
WINFA Winward Island Farmers Association (Caribbean)
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organisation
WTO World Trade Organisation