's Uganda country director Jane Naluga said there is need to adopt the recently approved East Africa Community model investment treaty to redefine the bilateral agreements.
According to Seatini, negotiating binding WTO rules on e-commerce is being pushed for by tech giants like Google, Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, among others who control the internet, in order to secure rules that will consolidate their power.These tech giants want unimpeded expansion throughout WTO member countries in order to build scale, quash competition and cement their first-mover advantages.
Currently there are no global intergovernmental rules for the internet, only those made by bodies dominated by powerful states and major corporate players.Therefore, making e-commerce rules at WTO would ensure that the first and only rules the major powers allow will be biased in favour of corporate interests with whom they have an intimate relationship, Seatini and the African Group say.
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This includes organizations as diverse as the Seatini
Project in Zimbabwe, the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Canada and Oxfam in the United Kingdom.
Information and Negotiations Institute Workshop ("SEATINI
I write as the Uganda-based coordinator of the Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), although the views that follow are personal.
Jane Seruwagi Nalunga is currently country director of the SEATINI office in Kampala.
The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (ZINATHA), the Community Technology and Development Association (CIDA) and the Southern & Eastern Africa Trade and Info Network (SEATINI) are furious at the manner in which the rules of the UN Conference on Bio-diversity have been flouted with impunity by Western pharmaceutical companies and universities through clandestine and illegal bio-prospecting.
According to SEATINI, the US Patent 51929124 on anti-microbial shrubs was improperly granted to Prof Kurt Hostettmann of the University of Lausanne,