Martin said their impasse had marooned talks, making the end-of-year deadline for the 34-country Free Trade Area of the Americas
"a bit optimistic." Martin took over as Canada's prime minister in December.
Castro's comments came at the end of a five-and-a-half hour speech that began on Thursday night and continued into early Friday at the closing of a conference bringing together activists across the region who oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas
Trade Representative (which declined to comment for this article) as a model for the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), a much larger geographical zone comprising the' 34 democracies in North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean.
Since 1998, the 34 democratic nations of the Western Hemisphere have been negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Americas
agreement to eliminate tariffs and create common trade and investment rules for these nations.
Implementation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) should come as a major stimulus to hemispheric commerce as of 2005.
On a broader scale, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman expressed USDA's support of trade negotiations with countries such as Chile, Singapore and Morocco as well as regional efforts such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas
. She said the department is moving toward market maintenance and "working to fight unjustified barriers of trade." Veneman also emphasized the importance of agricultural issues to negotiators for the World Trade Organization.
Meanwhile, 34 American nations are negotiating the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), a free trade bloc scheduled to go into effect in 2006.
I thought of that conversation often while putting together this issue, which we've aptly titled "Globalization and Its Discontents." Evan McElravy's account of the demonstrations against this spring's Free Trade Area of the Americas
meeting in Quebec (see "Enemies of Trade," page 36) concludes that it is up to those of us who believe that "true free trade will bring great benefits to us all" to make the positive case for globalization.
The OAS will also continue supporting the process to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), he said.
To compete with these two blocs, Washington will have to negotiate a Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), effectively extending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) all the way to Chile.
Free Trade Area of the Americas
, by Karen Hansen-Kuhn (April 2001)
The Title VII Report outlines initiatives to open up the markets for government procurement, such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) and the pending WTO agreement on Transparency in Government Procurement.