struggle to forgive the third world debt.
the insurmountable debt that the third world has accumulated over twenty
years, poorer countries are left with little choice but to join these
the sake of trade, social services may be forced to compete with private
industry, even in areas like education, health, and water treatment.
The FTAA will expand NAFTA into all 34 countries in North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean, except Cuba. Although its been under negotiation since 1994, few people know about it. The negotiations are secret and the public has no access to the texts of the agreement.
However, through meetings between Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and the United States Trade Representative's office, and a leaked report from the Negotiating Group on Services written by Sherri M. Stephenson, Deputy Director for Trade with the Organization of America States, private citizens have been able to form some idea of what the texts might contain.
The FTAA intends to increase private businesses' access to services, including health care, education, environmental and water services, energy, and postal services, according to Global Trade Watch. The Trade Representatives' office has also told Trade Watch that the FTAA, like NAFTA, will allow corporations to sue governments for laws that protect public health, safety and the environment.
FTAA will have universal coverage over the sectors health care, social
security, education, environmental protection services, culture, and natural
resource protection, according to the Negotiating Group on Services's
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