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Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Latin America, the US and Canada.

last update: May 2012


US to ask Argentina to expedite approval for patenting of seeds
The opening of the US market to Argentine beef exports and its continued openness to biodiesel from this country will be made conditional on a demand that Argentina change its legislation to expedite the approval of patents on seeds waiting in the pipeline.
Auditing Commission to release report as Ecuador moves to terminate investment agreements
Ecuador’s review of its investment agreements may be unique in terms of scope, depth and citizen participation, however it is a part of an international trend towards increased scepticism towards the international arbitration system.
Interview with Elizabeth Swager and Julia DeGraw
Elizabeth Swager is a National Organizing Director at Citizens Trade Campaign and Julia DeGraw is the Senior Northwest Organizer at Food & Water Watch.
US and Vietnam renew trade dialogue during TIFA meetings
The US and Vietnam met under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss deepening trade ties between the two nations as well as address outstanding bilateral trade issues.
EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms
The European Union offered Britain talks this year on a future free trade pact but made clear that London must first agree to EU demands on the terms of Brexit.
US, Laos hold first meeting under TIFA
The United States and Laos affirmed their interest in growing bilateral trade and investment‎ between them, committing to continue work on outstanding bilateral issues.
US, Afghanistan hold TIFA meeting, talk about trade
The U.S.-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council met in Kabul and discussed a wide array of trade and investment related topics.
United States’ free trade agreements: a silent (r)evolution?
The trade policy of the United States (U.S.) traditionally relied almost exclusively on multilateral negotiations. This changed in 1985 when the United States concluded a free trade agreement with Israel.
A trade war is brewing inside the White House between rival camps
Soon after President Trump took office, an executive order was quietly drafted to suspend trade talks with China but the executive order never even got to the president’s desk.
Trump’s USTR nominee pledges tough enforcement of U.S. trade laws
Lighthizer pledged to fight for strong protections for intellectual property rights and for digital trade access.

    Links


  • Americans For Free Trade
    A broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs.
  • Americas Policy Program
    The Americas Program of the Center for International Policy is a leading source of information for activists, academics and citizens concerned about US foreign policy toward Latin America and movements for social justice within the hemisphere.
  • Biodiversidad en América Latina
  • Bloque Verde
    No hay ambiente para el TLC en Costa Rica
  • Citizens Trade Campaign - Bilateral Agreements
    The Citizens Trade Campaign is a US coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious, and other civil society groups founded in 1992 during the fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Consejo de Investigaciones e Información en Desarrollo -CIID -
    Institución que impulsa el desarrollo de Guatemala y Centroamérica, a través de la investigación y la promoción de programas de desarrollo
  • Costa Rica Solidaria - NO al TLC
    Esta semana lo más relevante de nuestra lucha
  • Ecuador contra el TLC - Movilizaciones de Marzo 2006
    Photos
  • GMA
    The Grocery Manufacturers of America is a major lobby group on US FTAs
  • LATN
    The Latin American Trade Network is an independent and interdisciplinary research network
  • Movimiento Cultura frente al TLC
    El Movimiento Cultura frente al TLC es un colectivo de artistas que viaja por las comunidades llevando música, teatro, poesía, danza, pintura y talleres, informando a l@s costarricenses sobre las graves consecuencias que tendría para nuestro país la aplicación del Tratado de "Libre" "Comercio" (TLC)
  • NFTC
    The National Foreign Trade Council is a US business organisation lobbying the US government on its foreign trade policy
  • Trrade for People and Planet
    We want trade deals to be democratic, to benefit working people and the environment. We need to revolutionize the trade model and create a new global economy based on collaboration and ecological well-being.
  • US State Department Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs
    The Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs ensures that the overall foreign policy goals of the U.S. Government are factored into the development of U.S. bilateral trade policy.
  • US-Japan Business Council
    USJBC has been pushing for a US-Japan FTA
  • USTR
  • USTR National Trade Estimate Report
    Annual assessment of obstacles to US trade interests in foreign countries