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» Media Statement By The Minister Of International Trade And Industry, Malaysia-US FTA Negotiations
Online Publication Date:30 June 2006
Statement by the Minister Of International Trade And Industry, on the first round of negotiations on the Malaysia-US FTA.
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» Thai NGOs Question WHO Move
Online Publication Date:23 June 2006
Civil society organizations in Thailand are up in arms against the WHO following a report linking the US role in the abrupt transfer of a WHO official in Thailand after he wrote of possible adverse impacts to Thailand of a free trade agreement with the US.

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» Bilateral Free Trade and Investment Agreements and the US Corporate Biotech Agenda
Online Publication Date:21 June 2006
Bilateral free trade agreements are seen by the agricultural biotechnology industry as an important conduit for spreading genetically modified organisms around the world.
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» M'sia Will Not Sign FTA With US If It Is Not Right, Says Rafidah
Online Publication Date:21 June 2006
Malaysia will not sign a FTA with the United States if the conditions are not beneficial or right for the country, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said.

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» Economists see hard times ahead
Online Publication Date:06 June 2006
Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), warned the Thai government to be more careful in entering free trade agreements with developed countries to prevent undesired impact on the economy.

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» Explain benefits of FTA first, govt urged
Online Publication Date:01 June 2006
Kedah farmers have asked the government to explain the benefits that they could gain from the USA-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement
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» Impact of US-Malaysia FTA on Tobacco Control Measures
Online Publication Date:24 May 2006
The proposed US-Malaysia FTA may have negative impact on tobacco control measures. Essential Action, a US public interest group with a focus on corporate accountability and global public health issues, recently submitted comments to the USTR on this issue. A focus of the comments is how tobacco multinational corporations have used IP protections, particularly trademark and trade secret protections, to challenge sound tobacco control mesures.

We therefore strongly call on the Malaysian Government to exclude tobacco products from the proposed FTA and urge concerned Malaysians to join this call.
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» What People Want is Fair Trade, Not Free Trade
Online Publication Date:10 May 2006
A writer's take on how the US administration wants to push for an FTA with Malaysia and in the process affecting the Malaysian public as the corporate interests seems to be of the paramount concern in FTAs..
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