Some 12 countries are currently negotiating on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the aim to reduce tariff and non-tariff trade barriers as well as encourage greater investment in trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
The negotiations, shrouded in secrecy, have been criticised by groups around the world that accuse governments of putting corporate interests before citizens’ rights, damaging human rights and the environment, and signing away countries’ sovereignty.
The Indy hits the streets to find out Argentines’ opinions on free trade agreements, and whether they think they are beneficial for the country.
Exequiel, 25, economist, Escobar
It depends on the culture; it’s favourable for certain countries and not for others… For Argentina it can be both a good thing and a bad thing, dependent on the countries it is trading with. With countries that are much more economically developed it isn’t a good idea but with bordering countries such Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay free trade agreements are definitely a good idea.
Giselle Perez, 36, artisanal designer, Palermo
I think they’re great. As a designer myself it allows me to trade more freely between different places and lets us share our work. It enables the possibility of increased trade and therefore revenue.
Teresita, 23, photography student, Palermo
Yes I think I agree with trade, economically they function and on the level of globalisation it’s a good thing, creating links between countries as well as opportunities. In sum, yes, I’m for them.
Juana, 22, counselling student, Recoleta
Truthfully I don’t really know much about trade agreements, so I’m kind of neutral on the topic. I’m neither particularly for them nor against them but I do think globalisation is a good thing, though.
Marta Nash, 21, marketing/PR assistant, Colegiales
Free trade agreements are definitely a positive thing. They have been proved to be one of the best methods of opening up trade links and increasing both investment and the expansion of a country’s economy. It obviously works best when a market is competitive and allows for economic integration. In addition to an open border, which allows people to move freely between two countries, these agreements can set up a strong economic link.