July 5, 2001 |
A draft negotiating text for an agreement to create a hemisphere-wide free trade zone prompted praise from the Bush administration and criticism from opponents. The 434-page draft of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement was posted on the Web site of the FTAA secretariat. President Bush and the leaders of 33 other countries involved in the negotiations had pledged in April at a summit in Quebec to make the draft document available. U.S.
March 23, 1996 |
North, South Americans Renew Commitment to Free Trade: In a final communique issued after two days of talks in Cartagena, Colombia, trade ministers from 34 Western Hemisphere countries agreed "to make concrete progress" toward the building of the so-called Free Trade Area of the Americas by the end of the century. But the group failed to announce the start of formal negotiations over the nuts and bolts of the agreement any time soon.
April 18, 1999 |
Leaders from 21 Caribbean Basin nations--including Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela--agreed Saturday to pursue a regional tariff system to prepare for the future Free Trade Area of the Americas. Cuban President Fidel Castro paid his second-ever visit to Santo Domingo for the Assn. of Caribbean States summit, where leaders pledged closer cooperation in promoting tourism, responding to natural disasters and fortifying tenuous air and sea transportation links.
December 11, 1994 |
Say it loud or say it soft, it's never going to roll off anyone's tongue: FTAA, pronounced "ftaah." That's the acronym for the name U.S. and other negotiators came up with for the trading zone they plan to build among the nations of the Western Hemisphere: the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Earlier, officials had expected the new pact to be dubbed the Americas Free Trade Area, which produces a more mellifluous AFTA.
April 23, 2001 |
Jeff Engels, a 42-year-old Seattle sailor, fears competition from vessels carrying low-paid foreign crew. Lucille Moyer blames global competitive pressures for her unwanted membership in Silicon Valley's "throwaway work force." Jackie Woll, a Los Angeles mother of three, worries about genetically altered organisms in her children's canned corn.
November 23, 2003 |
They are the economic giants of the Western Hemisphere, but remain poles apart on how to create a free trade zone that could recharge the New World's economy. A week of speeches and meetings among the hemisphere's 34 countries ended here last week with little to show beyond the agreement by the United States and Brazil to postpone dealing with differences on how to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas.