International Gender and Trade Network Response to the US-Chile Bilateral Free Trade Agreement

Global Women's Project | Fri, Mar 22, 2002

By US and Chile Chapters of the IGTN

Abstract:This Wednesday the United States and Chile reached an agreement on a trade and investment accord between the two counties. Since the Bush administration won ""fast-track"" trade-negotiating authority in Congress last year, lawmakers will not be able to amend the agreement. They will only be able to make an up or down vote. The US and Chilean Chapters of the International Gender and Trade Network, of which the Center of Concern is a part, wrote a joint letter to the Chilean Parliament and US Congress last year expressing concern over the potential impacts of the agreement on women, families and communities in both countries. The letter relies on evidence from the experience of NAFTA and presents alternatives to the proposed free trade agreement.

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