Trade and Regional Integration

INSouth embodies an understanding, from a South perspective, of the new and emerging issues in the international arena, and the challenges and opportunities they pose for the South.
It offers research outputs on issues of international trade in the form of working papers, briefs, and reports.
NGO sites
Centre for Trade and Development (Centad)
Independent, not-for-profit organisation that carries out policy research and advocacy on issues around trade and development, with a focus on South Asia.
Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS)
CUTS' work is divided into four operational areas: consumer protection; trade and development; sustainable production and consumption; and rural consumers and women empowerment. India.
Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
Independent not-for-profit non-governmental research institute for capacity building in economic and social policy analysis. The main objective of ESRF is to build and strengthen human and institutional capabilities in economic and social policy analysis and decision-making and to enhance the understanding of policy options within the Government, public sector, donor community and in the growing national non-governmental sector mainly, but not only in Tanzania.
Focus on the Global South
Focus aims to consciously and consistently articulate, link and develop greater coherence between local community-based and national, regional and global paradigms of change. Thailand.
Hong Kong People's Alliance on WTO - HKPA
The HKPA is a network of grass-root organizations which include trade unions, community labour groups and organisations that represent migrant workers, students, women, church, human rights, research organisations and regional organisations that are based locally in Hong Kong.
India Resource Center
India Resource Center works to support anti-corporate globalization movements in India. They provide information on transnational corporations to Indian movements. They also educate and mobilize key constituencies in the US and other countries to take action in support of campaigns in India.
International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs)
International network of progressive economists engaged in the teaching, research and utilization of development economics.
International Labour Resource and Information Group (ILRIG)
ILRIG aims to participate in building the capacity of South African trade unions and other community-based organizations to respond to the challenges of globalization.
International South Group Network (ISGN)
Network of community-based organizations, people's movement and academic organizations in the South with 5 regional centers located in South Africa, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua and the Philippines. ISGN works promoting human rights and raising and analyzing matters that relate to North-South relations such as trade, debt and development.
Our World Is Not For Sale
Official site of the campaign to stop corporate globalization. Among the supporting organizations are Via Campesina, Third World Network, IBON Foundation, Friends of the Earth Europe, Food First, and Asia Pacific Research Network.
Pacific Network on Globalisation - PANG
PANG is a campaign network of concerned individuals and organisations responding to economic justice issues and the impact of globalisation and free trade on Pacific communities.
South-North Development Monitor (SUNS)
SUNS provides in-depth information and analysis on international development issues with particular focus on North-South and South-South negotiations.
Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum - SADC
The SADC Parliamentary Forum is a regional organisation that brings together 12 parliaments of the southern Africa region: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They work on economic cooperation and development integration.
The Institute for Global Justice (IGJ)
IGJ is a think-tank NGO working on trade issue i.e. WTO and FTA in terms of research, policy advocacy and campaign in line with the social movement struggle.
Third World Network (TWN)
International network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.
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Selected news
What now for European monetary union?
Thu Jul 12 2012 - Source: Third World Network
The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has joined a growing chorus of global institutions and leaders calling on the eurozone countries to quickly act to bring about more financial and fiscal integration, and strengthen the institutional foundations of the currency union itself.
U.S. and EU subsidies still out of bounds
Wed Nov 17 2010 - Source: IPS
The United States’ policy to double agricultural exports shows that its government "has learnt nothing" from the last food crisis, a problem reflected in the dramatic increase in that country’s trade-distorting farm subsidies between 2007 and 2008.
The Second Conquest: The EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru
Thu Oct 21 2010 - Source: Transnational Institute
The FTAs being pursued by the EU with Colombia and Peru threaten to exacerbate human rights abuses - which include killings of trade unionists, forced expropriations of inginous people from land, and environmental destruction - for sake of corporate profit.

Agriculture and food sovereignty - Fri Aug 19 2011
The Government of Ghana anounced that it's studying tariff and non-tariff measures to restrict the importation of poultry products, after local analysts warned that those purchases are harming the national economy. "Imported chicken is being sold at below the cost of local chicken, and farmers in Ghana cannot simply compete, resulting in the collapse of dozens of farms and the loss of hundreds of jobs," said Yaw Graham, expert of the Third World Network-Africa (TWN-A), focal point of Social Watch.

Gender in economics Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America - IIRSA GATS - trade in services WTO trade agreements and ICTs
UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity Free Trade Agreements - FTAs Agriculture and food sovereignty New Partnership for African Development - NEPAD
Software: Patents and copyrights World Trade Organization - WTO Patents and medicines  

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