Now, in this TPPA process, apparently once matters have been agreed that is it - makes one wonder what Malaysia has already agreed to and is stuck. One condition for any new country joining in the TPPA process is that they have no choice but must agree to all that has already been agreed.
We have the WTO(World Trade Organisations) agreements, which is fairer and/or more just for smaller countries because everyone is involved in the process - but now some of the 'big boys' want to move away by entering Bi-Lateral Trade Agreements (FTAs) and now the TPPA which are even more unjust for the peoples of small and/or developing countries like Malaysia. Malaysia talks about ASEAN but why is ASEAN not involved as an entity which definitely will give Malaysia greater bargaining power? Is the TPPA really an attempt by US and the West to 'curtail or attack' China, India and Russia the growing other economic powers in our region?
The Anti-FTA coalition is organizing a public forum on ISDS. There will be 3 international experts speaking on this issue:
1. Mr. Pablo Salon – former free trade negotiator with the Bolivian government and current Executive Director of Focus on the Global South.