February 3, 2005
COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PARTICIPATION OF CIVIL
CONTRIBUTION IN RESPONSE TO THE OPEN AND ONGOING INVITATION
White Mountain School
in the contribution
January 18, 2005
To Chair of the Committee of Government Representatives on the
Participation of Civil Society:
I am a student at The White Mountain School. I am currently in an
Economics and Sustainability class. In this class we are currently
learning about globalization and more specifically the Free Trade Area
of the Americas. We are learning the pros and the cons of the FTAA by
learning about past trade agreements and by research. There are some
issues in which I would like to comment on about the proposed FTAA Draft
According to some sources, “the FTAA is essentially an expansion of
NAFTA. But NAFTA has proven to be a nightmare…”1
NAFTA has created poverty and inequality throughout the world. The
inequality happens mostly between the global north and global south,
with the north being the dominant force.
The first piece of information I would like to address is the overall
enactment of the FTAA. The whole aspect of globalization has ruined many
countries economies. One of the biggest reasons that globalization has
failed is because of the outsourcing of jobs.
This outsourcing of jobs will now be even more readily used because of
the elimination of tariffs in accordance with Chapter VII Tariffs and
Non-Tariff Measures. This chapter basically removes the overall
placement of tariffs. The removal of tariffs will allow more countries
to import items allowing jobs to be outsourced. A good example of this
is shown in the technologies companies. According to Paul Almeida,
President of Department for Professional Employees said, “technology
companies are laying off American workers for less paying desirable jobs
while they add thousands of jobs overseas.”2This
just proves that the with the removal of the tariffs the importing will
increase because the outsourcing of jobs will be even cheaper now that
companies will not have to pay tariffs.
I am asking to please re-think the impact that the FTAA will have on the
global economy. Even if the whole document is not revised, I think you
should consider the revision of Chapter VII. The removal of tariffs will
increase the amount of outsourcing done by companies. Thank you.
Ten Reasons to Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas.”
16 January 2005.
“Testimony of Paul Almeida.” http://aflcio.org. 17 January 2005.