RCEP: Is the mega FTA leading us into non strategy? Smitha Francis

As the 19th Round of the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) negotiations winds up in Hyderabad, India, there are many grounds for being apprehensive about the direction in which it has moved. RCEP is one of the two proposed mega free trade agreements (FTAs) aiming at greater integration in the Asia-Pacific region, the other being the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Beginning in May 2013, the RCEP negotiations are being undertaken between the ten member countries of ASEAN and its six FTA partners Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The initiative was launched to address concerns about the ‘noodle…

Investment Provisions in Trade Agreements: Critical issues Policy Brief No. 02/2011

A prominent feature of recent trade and economic agreements is the inclusion of investment provisions, which involve profound public policy commitments. This policy brief focuses on some of the key aspects that developing country policymakers have to bear in mind while entering into investment negotiations. PB_02_2011 (Download the full text in PDF format)

Bank of the South & ALBA: Regional Integration within the South as an Alternative to the North based global Hegemony? Outcome of the Technical Workshop on The Bank of the South

Outcome of the non-binding consultation with National Technical Commissions, experts on banking/finance, academics and civil society, to propose options for the Bank of the South in the areas of governance and administration, financial resources, instruments, investment policies, lending framework, procurement, safeguards, transparency, audits and others. The workshop was held in Quito from 23 to 27 June 2008, with the support of the Government of Ecuador and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. Quito_Workshop  (Download the full text in PDF format)     South Bank: 90 Days of Silence Gabriel Strautman  The initiative aimed at the creation…

From Development Assistance to Development Solidarity: The Role of Venezuela and ALBA Alejandro Bendaña

This short presentation outlines the need for a new development initiative based in the South as an alternative to the international economic architecture. Specifically, the article suggests that the combination of new ideas and political shifts is being witnessed today in the Venezuela led international collaboration scheme known as ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) which includes a development bank. This has been developed on the premise that a new form of regional integration and indeed greater political unity is necessary for independent development to take place.ill be an important source of hope for the rest of the developing world.…

South Bank: A People’s Perspective of Integration

This article on the new initiative from South America, the Bank of the South, articulates the position of ‘Jubilee South’ on this issue. It describes the nature of the South Bank, its goals, functioning and finally, its importance in the context of providing an alternative platform for south based economic development that is democratic, participatory, and economically, socially, and environmentally just. South_Bank (Download the full text in PDF format)

New Developments in South-South Cooperation: China ODA, Alternative Regionalisms, Banco del Sur Isabel Ortiz

South-South cooperation is becoming increasingly important given criticisms on the current process of globalization. Since the 19th century, non-hegemonic countries and regions forged alliances as a strategy to reduce dependency and dominance from Northern powers. At the beginning of the 21st century, Southern countries remain associating to promote South-South cooperation. This article focuses on new developments in bilateral South-South ODA and regional integration, including South-South banks. South-South Bilateral ODA and Investments: Emergence of China South-South aid and investment tend to occur on bilateral basis. Main non-OECD donors are Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa,…