Egypt, Israel, U.S. sign historical trade agreement

 

 

(Note: Zoellick is a busy beaver, hard at work "inking" globalism. His job title, "U.S. Trade Representative", seems a bit at odds with his actions, which appear to be those of a Global/UN Trade Representative. rzoellick@ustr.gov or 202-395-6890; Fax: 202-395-3911; 600 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20508. Additional interesting reading on this topic: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/2004/articles2/your_australian_free_trade_agree.htm Language deception words and phrases are underlined below.)

 

December 14, 2004

 

http://www.chinaview.cn

 

Cairo, Egypt (Xinhuanet) - Egypt, the United States and Israel here Tuesday signed a historical agreement on trade and industry, which is also be seen as the first strategic partnership accord between Egypt and Israel since they sealed a peace treaty in 1979, a Xinhua correspondent reported on the scene.

 

The Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) agreement was inked by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

 

Under the agreement, certain Egyptian goods with Israeli input at the minimum of 11.7 percent will be exported to the United States without paying any customs duty.

 

Zoellick, who arrived in Cairo on Sunday, said it is the most important economic accord to be signed by the two neighbors since they signed the landmark treaty 25 years ago.

 

Rasheed said that the accord is an "important step towards consolidating our economic relations," which "would contribute positively to regional prosperity and in achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East."

 

Olmert said, "It's good business for us, more important for the dream in changing the atmosphere in the Middle East. This is a good business for Israel, it is a good business for Egypt and a good business for the U.S."

 

The zones will be set up in seven places across Egypt, including Greater Cairo, Alexandria and the Suez Canal Zone with an industrial area of Port Said.

 

The United States established the QIZ program in 1996 with an aim to enable the Arab countries to export products duty-free to the United States -- provided they contain input from Israel.

 

The United States has been discussing with Israel and Egypt their specific QIZs request since September.

 

Until now, QIZs have been established only in Jordan in the Arab world.

 

Copyright 2003, Xinhua News Agency.

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/14/content_2333715.htm

 

 

Additional researched, recommended reading on this topic:

 

 

April 19, 2004

Jordan Times

Exports from Qualified Industrial Zones rise 54%

Amman, Jordan (Petra) - Exports from the Kingdom's Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) rose during the first quarter of this year by 54 per cent, to $188 million compared to $122 million during the same period last year. Al Tajamouat Industrial Estate in Sahab accounted for the largest portion of the QIZs' exports, totalling $51 million. Exports from Al Hassan Industrial Estate in Irbid followed at $45 million while those from Al Karak Industrial Estate ranked third, totalling $34 million. Al Duleil industrial estate came next, accounting for $29 million, followed by those from Cyber City at Jordan University of Science and Technology totalling $20 million. Al Qastal Industrial Zone in Amman ranked sixth, accounting for $3 million. Ruseifa Industrial Estate ranked last, accounting for $1.7 million. The QIZ agreement provides duty free treatment for products manufactured in the Kingdom's for export to the U.S. markets.

http://www.jordanembassyus.org/04192004005.htm

 

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U.S. International Trade Commission

 

Letter dated March 3, 1998

 

Declassified January 26, 2004

 

This document is still censored from the public in places, marked with asterisks. It bears a careful read (should be read by all who value American economic health and American sovereignty).

 

http://63.173.254.11/pub3671/pub3671_I.pdf

 

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U.S. Economic and Trade Policy in the Middle East - Hearing before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, 108th Congress, Second Session

 

 

(Note: A "Middle East Partnership Initiative" is mentioned as well as the "United Nations Arab Human Development Report.)

 

March 10, 2004

 

 

 

Pages 3/7, 9/13 (depending on which page numbers you are viewing on this document) are MOST interesting and illustrate how very little American economic viability means to most of this U.S. Senate Committee and others involved in these dealings.

 

S.1121 is something that Zoellick really likes ("a good initiative")

 

Hewlett-Packard is HEAVILY INVOLVED in these dealings (it stands to make MORE PROFIT from places with low wages); I highly recommend that everyone with an interest in how our freedom and jobs are being traded on the altar of global control, please, read this entire document, which is only 53/57 pages. It is well worth the read and better than any spy or adventure novel you could read -- because this is real-time and non-fiction.

 

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/94100.pdf

 

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Jordan Free Trade Agreement Hearing before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate (spelled with all capital letters to denote a business, not a body, in original document; use of upper and lower case is for ease in reading / less eye strain), 107th Congress, First Session

 

(Note: Why would, among many others, the president of Defenders of Wildlife, no less, be a public witness at this hearing? Why, he and his NGO are in favor of this "FTA" - "free" trade agreement AND the MOU -- Memorandum of Understanding! Also, the special advisor to the United Nations on Globalization spoke at this hearing, mentioning "multilateral free trade". Red Flag!)

 

March 20, 2001

 

http://www.senate.gov/~finance/73013.pdf

 

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Exports to Arab states up 53% in January-September to $135 million -
Imports rose by 28% to $62.5 million.

(Note: The middlemen have learned how to make even more money...)

November 22, 2004

Globes' correspondent.

Israeli Watch - Israeli Economy Archives

Israeli exports to Iraq totaled $3 million in January-September 2004, mostly consumer goods and defense products for the US military in the country. Total exports to Arab countries rose by 53% to $135 million in January-September, while imports rose by 28% to $62.5 million.

These figures do not include $9 million in indirect exports through third countries, carried out by joint ventures of Israeli and Arab countries.

The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute today reported that most of the increase was thanks to a 63% increase in exports to Jordan, and an 8% increase in exports to Egypt. Exports to Jordan totaled $100.7 million, mainly textiles and clothing, wood and furniture, and paper and printing products. Imports from Jordan rose by 27% in January-September to $39 million.

Exports to Egypt totaled $22 million in January-September, mostly chemicals and refined oil products, and textiles and clothing. Imports from Egypt rose by 29% to $22.4 million.

Export Institute director Yechiel Assia attributed most of the increase to increased exports to Jordan, thanks to the expansion of Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) that export joint Israeli-Jordanian products, mostly textiles and clothing, to the U.S., duty free.

On the basis of Export Institute figures, Assia predicted that continued calm in security would boost exports to Arab countries in the coming months.

Exports to Morocco rose by 5% in January-September to $6.7 million, mostly chemicals and refined oil products. Imports from Morocco rose by 20% to $1.2 million. Exports to the Gulf states rose by 143% in January-September to $1.7 million, mostly machinery and telecommunications equipment. Israel imported nothing from the Gulf states.

Exports to Tunisia totaled only $700,000 in January-September, mostly chemicals and refined oil products, and Israel had no imports from that country. Exports to Lebanon totaled a negligible $100,000, mostly medical and surgical equipment and chemicals products. Israel had no imports from Lebanon.

Published by Globes online.

 

http://israeli.menj.org/archives/cat_israeli_economy.php

 

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Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ)

 

Embassy of the Hashem Kingdom of Jordan, Washington, D.C.

Economic and Commerce Bureau


The Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) Agreement, which provides duty free treatment for products manufactured in the designated areas, presents another opportunity for Jordan to increase exports to the U.S. markets.  A Free Trade Area Agreement with the United States was signed in October 2000, and will be duly ratified by the Jordanian parliament and the U.S. Congress in early 2001.
        
A new legislation was passed by Parliament in the summer of 2000 declaring Aqaba as a Special Economic Zone. This Zone is characterised by a special fiscal regime, with a tax ceiling of 5 % and a sales tax (on retail) ceiling of 7 % and a total absence of customs tariff.  A new six-person Commission will be named to govern the Zone, vested with all the required zoning, licensing, and regulating authority, and in charge of the implementation of an integrated master plan for the development of Aqaba. This will be carried out by one large-scale development company that groups all the major stakeholders. The Zone was launched on February 15, 2001 and is expected to attract substantial and qualitative investments in tourism, light industry, telecommunications, IT, transportation and services.

The Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) was officially launched by His Majesty King Abdullah II on May 17,2001

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ)

 

 

·  What is a Qualifying Industrial Zone?

·  What are the advantages for QIZ production?

·  How many QIZs are there?

·  How much would an investor save by manufacturing in a QIZ?

·  Which agency of the U.S. Government designates industrial parks as QIZS?

·  How long will the QIZ initiative last?

·  What is the primary requirement for obtaining duty free treatment?

QUALIFYING A PRODUCT

·  How does the FTA affect the Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) initiative?

·  Who qualifies products for duty free entry in the United States? What information is required?

·  How does the U.S. Customs Service know that a product comes from a QIZ and qualifies for

 duty free entry into the U.S.?

·  Where can I get answers about whether a specific product meets the requirements for duty-free entry?

·  Who can assist in helping my company set up a plant in Jordan?

 


Q: What is a Qualifying Industrial Zone?

A: In 1996 the U.S. Congress established the Qualifying Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) initiative to support the peace process in the Middle East.  These zones are industrial parks in Jordan or Israel from which goods can be exported duty free to the United States.

Q: What are the advantages for QIZ production?

A: The QIZ initiative's greatest advantage is that it provides duty-free access to the United States, the world's largest consumer market.  In addition, there are currently no U.S. import quotas on clothes or textiles manufactured in Jordan.

Q: How many QIZs are there?

A: The United States Government has designated ten industrial parks in Jordan as QIZS: the Gateway QIZ on the northern Jordan-Israel border; the Al-Hassan Industrial Estate in Irbid; the Al-Tajamouat Industrial Estate in Amman; the Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park near Zarka, the Kerak Industrial Estate, Aqaba Industrial Estate, Jordan Cyber City in Irbid, Al-Qastal Industrial Zone in Amman, Mushatta International Complexin Amman, and El-Zai Readywear Manufacturing Co. in Zarqa.

The Al-Hassan Industrial Estate in Irbid, operated by the Jordan Industrial Estates Corporation (JIEC) is the first fully operational QIZ.  Several companies there are already exporting to the U.S. under QIZ rules.  More information about the JIEC and their QIZ operations in Irbid, Kerak and Aqaba can be obtained from their web site at WWW.JIEC.COM

Q:  How much would an investor save by manufacturing in a QIZ?

A. The immediate saving is the amount of the U.S. tariff on any specified good.  Generally speaking, U.S. tariffs on clothing and textile goods are relatively high, which makes production of these goods in QIZs especially attractive.  Investors can get specific information on U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) rates from the U.S. Customs Service interactive database at WWW.ITDS.TREAS.GOV/ITDS

Q: Which agency of the U.S. Government designates industrial parks as QIZS?

A: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in consultation with other U.S. Government agencies, designates QIZS.  More information can be obtained from the USTR website at WWW.USTR.GOV.

Q:  How long will the QIZ initiative last?

 A: The QIZ initiative does not have any expiration date.  It does not need to be renewed by Congress every few years like the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) or other trade legislation.

Q: What is the primary requirement for obtaining duty free treatment?

A: The product must be a "substantially transformed" good, with at least 35 percent of its value added in Israel, a Jordanian QIZ or the West Bank/Gaza.  Of that 35 percent, a minimum of 11.7 percent must be added in a Jordanian QIZ, eight percent in Israel, and the remaining 15.3 percent can come from either a Jordanian QIZ, Israel or the West Bank/Gaza.

QUALIFYING A PRODUCT

Q:  How does the FTA  affect the Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) initiative?

A:  The FTA does not supersede or eliminate the QIZ initiative.  The QIZ initiative currently grants immediate tariff and quota-free access to the U.S. market to goods that are produced in the QIZ’s and meet specific rules of origin requirements.  Under the FTA, tariffs and quotas for many goods are phased out over time, and rules of origin require 35% Jordanian content.  Thus for some high-tariff goods, producing in QIZ’s will retain an advantage.

For instance, many apparel goods face U.S. tariffs of up to 30%.  Under the FTA, tariffs on these goods would be reduced over ten years, and Jordanian exports would have to meet the 35% Jordanian content level.  Under the QIZ initiative, those same goods would enjoy immediate elimination of tariffs and quotas, and would require a lower level of Jordanian inputs.  Thus in this case, QIZ-produced products would enjoy a comparative advantage.

Q: Who qualifies products for duty free entry in the United States?  What information is required?

A: A committee consisting of Jordanian and Israeli government officials determines whether products are eligible for duty-free treatment.  The manufacturer must provide detailed information about the costs of materials and labor to prove that the product fulfills QIZ production requirements.

Q: How does the U.S. Customs Service know that a product comes from a QIZ and qualifies for duty free entry into the U.S?

A: Once the product has been approved by the Jordanian/Israeli committee, the shipper and/or importer is allowed to put an "N" before the product's HTS number on the customs invoice.  This alerts the U.S. Customs Service that the goods come from a QIZ.

Q: Where can I get answers about whether a specific product meets the requirements for duty-free entry?

A:  Technical questions can be addressed in writing to:
The U.S. Customs Service
Office of Regulations and Rulings
Special Classifications and Markings Branch
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20229

Be sure to include complete information about manufacturing processes, the origin of inputs and other details relevant to determining whether the product qualifies for duty-free treatment.

Q: Who can assist in helping my company set up a plant in Jordan?

A: The Jordan Investment Board (JIB) is a good place to start.  The JIB can be contacted through its website at www.jordaninvestment.com, by phone at (962) (6) 553 1081/2 or by fax at (962) (6) 552-1084.  JIB professionals can provide briefings on Jordan's business climate, and investment incentives, and arrange visits to the various QIZ sites in Jordan.

 

http://www.jordanembassyus.org/new/commercial/qiz.shtml

 

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Qualified Industrial Zones

 

February 1, 2002

 

(excerpt)

 

"We have taken some concrete steps during this visit. For example, during the meeting the esteemed President [Bush] had with us, he personally has encouraged more Americans to visit Turkey. We have mentioned our desire to establish Qualified Industrial Zones, a model that is successfully implemented by Israel and Jordan in their relationship with America. We said that a similar development would be beneficial and that we have deserved it. They told us that they would pay special attention to our request. This of course pleased us very much. In sum, what was missing from our already very advanced strategic cooperation, that is, economic and trade issues, are now also brought to our agenda. This is naturally a very pleasing development."

 

http://www.theturkishtimes.com/archive/02/02_01/

 

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U.S. Free-Trade Deals Include Few Muslim Countries

 

 

December 3, 2004

 

By Paul Blustein, The Washington Post

 

Trade Observatory, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

 

http://www.tradeobservatory.org/index.cfm

The war on terrorism was high on the mind of U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick as he signed a free-trade agreement with the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain in mid-September. "A contest for the soul of Islam" is raging, and "we can help" by striking trade deals that generate jobs and reduce poverty, Zoellick said.

But Bahrain, an island nation with a population of 678,000, is an exception in securing access to the giant U.S. market. Excluding oil, imports from Muslim countries have increased by just 3.2 percent since 2000, their growth suppressed by tariffs of 20 percent or more on key goods such as textiles, according to an analysis of U.S. trade statistics.

Meanwhile, countries in the Andean region, sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere -- granted preferential, duty-free access to the U.S. market -- have enjoyed a comparative boom, with exports to the United States rising nearly 40 percent in some cases.

The figures reflect a bias in U.S. trade rules that work against strategic allies such as Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey. Under current rules, for example, T-shirts made in Lesotho or Peru or El Salvador come into the country duty-free, while shirts from Turkey or Pakistan are hit with a 20 percent tariff. Looking at trade statistics in light of the 2001 terrorist attacks, some analysts question whether U.S. trade policy is adequately backing the country's national security goals.

"It is hard to argue that the greater Muslim world is of less strategic interest to the U.S. than the Andean region or sub-Saharan Africa," said Brink Lindsey, vice president for research at the Cato Institute, a free-market-oriented think tank. "Our de facto discrimination against Muslim imports sends a terrible signal, and indicates we're just not putting our money where our mouth is, in terms of using every lever at our disposal to make this a safer world."

The Bush administration has hardly been stingy in providing financial assistance to its less-wealthy allies, particularly those in the forefront of confronting Muslim radicalism. Washington last year helped put together a $3 billion, five-year aid package for Pakistan, and engineered the recent deal among rich nations to forgive 80 percent of the $38 billion owed to them by Iraq.

But when it comes to trade, officials of some Muslim nations complain that the United States is failing to provide meaningful export opportunities because of protectionist pressure from U.S. industries.

"Having enhanced market access would be of enormous benefit to Pakistan," Humayun Akhtar Khan, Pakistan's commerce minister, said in an interview this fall. "The European Union has been much more forthcoming" than the United States in granting trade concessions over the past couple of years, he said. "We need help from our friends."

Khan estimated that every $1 billion in exports yields 200,000 jobs and supports 1 million Pakistanis. "Trade is a much more cost-effective way [than aid] to help a country," he said.

The United States has free-trade agreements with Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain, and has begun negotiations for similar deals with Oman and the United Arab Emirates -- smaller Arab countries whose industries would pose little threat to U.S. manufacturers.

But the United States has specifically rejected granting trade concessions to Pakistan and Turkey, larger countries that are felt to be critical to the anti-terrorism effort. After the 2001 attacks, both countries asked for the right to export more textiles to the United States, hoping to bolster an industry important to economic growth, and which employs about 60 percent of Pakistan's industrial workforce. Both were turned down. Negotiations for a free-trade agreement with Egypt, meanwhile, have stalled.

According to calculations by Edward Gresser, a trade specialist at the Democratic Party-affiliated Progressive Policy Institute, those decisions and tariff policies kept growth in non-oil imports from Muslim nations to 3.2 percent from 2000 to 2003. For example, imports from Indonesia, a hot spot of fundamentalism and the world's most populous Muslim country, fell to $9.1 billion from $9.8 billion from 2000 to 2003, though they appear on track to bounce back this year. Gresser examined U.S. trade statistics at The Washington Post's request.

Some key non-Muslim countries did not fare well either. While the Philippines has been battling an Muslim insurgent group with U.S. assistance, imports from the country other than oil fell from $13.7 billion to $10 billion from 2000 to 2003.

The past few years were ones of sluggish growth generally for global trade. Overall, non-oil imports by the United States rose only 2.1 percent since 2000. From that perspective, the imports from Muslim countries fared better than the norm.

But trade rules also appeared to be a factor. Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia can export most goods to the United States duty-free under the Andean Trade Preference Act, and imports from those countries jumped 16 percent. Central American nations, given preferential access to the United States under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, enjoyed an increase of around 5 percent. Imports from the 38 sub- Saharan countries covered by the African Growth and Opportunity Act, meanwhile, rose 39 percent.

The U.S. reluctance to grant concessions may soon have even more adverse consequences, Lindsey said, when international textile and apparel quotas expire on Jan. 1.

Once the quota system expires, creating more of a free-for-all in the industry, China is expected to grab an enormous share of the global textile and apparel market. India is also poised to vastly expand its share. Many developing countries fear that the only way their industries can survive Chinese competition is with preferential tariffs that give them a price advantage in the United States and Europe.

"Many countries in the Muslim world are facing a trade shock" when the quotas are lifted, Lindsey said.

A senior State Department official said that although "it's certainly true that some countries are going to have difficulties as quotas come off," Pakistan and Turkey are unlikely to be hit hard. Many industry experts forecast that Pakistan and Turkey will be among the winners in a quota-free world, because of their competitiveness and, in Turkey's case, its proximity to the European market.

Pakistani and Turkish officials question whether such optimism is justified, and other populous Muslim countries -- Egypt, Bangladesh and Indonesia, for example -- could well be among the losers. Already, Muslim countries have suffered in competition with the Chinese in products such as baby clothes, for which quotas have been eliminated. According to Gresser, the share of U.S. imports of such goods from the Muslim world dropped from 16 percent in 2001 to 11 percent in 2003, and appears headed still lower this year.

The Bush administration says it hopes to reach a free-trade agreement with Egypt, but only after the government there shifts from its long-standing policies of protectionism and heavy government control of its economy. More ambitiously, President Bush in May 2003 announced plans to join the nations of the Middle East -- including Israel -- in a free-trade arrangement by 2013.

In an interview, Zoellick said that the proposed Middle East Free Trade Area (MEFTA) has already sparked progress toward free markets and the rule of law in Arab countries that are prospective participants. In countries that are not yet members of the World Trade Organization, including Saudi Arabia and Algeria, the United States is trying to help make the economic policy changes necessary for entry. With Qatar and eight other nations, the United States has negotiated "trade and investment framework agreements," which set broad principles for bilateral commercial ties. For the nations most advanced in changing their economic policies, free-trade agreements are in order.

"MEFTA is designed so we can customize our engagement based on their state of development," Zoellick said.

Critics point out that MEFTA would not cover countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, and they view it as too much of a drawn-out process. "If the administration gets what it says it wants, the benefits won't be phased in, in a meaningful way, until something like 2020, so whatever good is to come of this initiative is a long way off," Gresser said.

In Gresser's view, Washington should unilaterally grant duty-free status to goods from Muslim countries -- if they are allies in the war on terrorism -- and be patient until those nations are ready to lower their trade barriers. That idea was incorporated into legislation introduced last year by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), known as the "Silk Road Bill."

The model for that approach is Jordan. In the mid-1990s, the country was allowed to ship goods -- mostly clothing -- duty-free to the United States from "qualified industrial zones," if the goods had a modest amount of Israeli content, such as zippers. The zones helped boost Jordanian exports to the United States from $16 million in 1998 to $673 million last year. They provide jobs to more than 30,000 people, helping to hold down Jordan's high unemployment.

Bush administration officials have declined to support the Silk Road Bill, partly reflecting the clout of the U.S. textile industry. It has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the past several years, and its executives have long warned that opening the U.S. market further would create even more unemployment among people who typically lack job skills or higher education.

The support of lawmakers from the Carolinas, where the U.S. textile industry is concentrated, is essential to pass almost any controversial trade legislation. If the administration were to propose giving Muslim countries tariff-free access for their textiles, textile-state legislators would almost certainly unite to block it and other trade bills the White House hopes to enact.

"In addition to the politics, there are policy issues," Zoellick said in explaining the administration's lack of support for granting unilateral concessions to Muslim countries. "You really want to work toward greater two-way trade," which can make economies more competitive. Moreover, bilateral free-trade agreements of the sort Washington negotiates typically require partner countries to enforce the rule of law more faithfully.

The U.S. industry's power was also evident in the administration's tepid response to Egypt's recent request to establish a number of Jordan-like qualified industrial zones. Egypt is entitled to set them up, but the Egyptian government has long resisted them because of the requirement for Israeli participation. When Egypt finally said a couple of months ago that it wanted to take advantage of the program, the Bush administration sought to limit the number of Egyptian zones, drawing sharp criticism from free-trade advocates.

U.S. and Egyptian officials said they expect an agreement on the issue by year-end.

Gresser argued that a more comprehensive approach is needed that would grant quick trade benefits to the entire Muslim world. He said that while some "frontline" countries such as Pakistan benefit from programs meant to encourage trade with developing nations, those programs typically exclude industries that employ the most people. Among Pakistan's top 100 exports to the United States, for example, only five currently qualify for duty-free treatment -- gold jewelry, flags, molasses, swords and toenail clippers.

In general, Arab and Muslim partners of the United States "get aid and oil money, which are not bad things at all," Gresser said. "But oil money goes into a big national oil company, which is controlled by a few thousand people, and the government may not do a good job of spreading it around. It's not the same as the textile industry, which puts lots of people to work."

 

Copyright 2004, IATP.

 

http://www.tradeobservatory.org/headlines.cfm?refid=37558

 

 

Other Resources from IATP:

 

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) http://www.iatp.org/

 

Trade Observatory http://www.tradeobservatory.org/

 

Water Resources http://www.waterobservatory.org/

 

Ag Observatory http://www.agobservatory.org/

 

Environmental Observatory http://www.environmentalobservatory.org/

 

Agribusiness Center http://www.agribusinesscenter.org/

 

Red Flag! Don't believe everything you read here; at least some of it is designed to lull the reader into a false sense of complacency.

 

New Report: U.S. Retreating From UN System

The U.S. is adopting fewer international treaties, opting out of previous treaty commitments, and often finds itself isolated among the international community on treaties that protect workers, the environment, women and children, concludes a new report on the United Nations Treaty system by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

 

Read the report: http://www.tradeobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=37205

 

Read the fact sheet: http://www.tradeobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=37562

 

IATP's press release: http://www.iatp.org/iatp/library/admin/uploadedfiles/US_Retreating_From_UN_System_New_

Report_Finds.pdf

 

Download the research data: http://www.tradeobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=37216

 

Publications and reports

 

Global Governance, a new book by IATP's Kristin Dawkins, explores the origins and current state of play in the major global institutions, the rising dominance of global corporations and the growing wealth of the world's political elite amidst increasing poverty throughout the world.

 

Order Global Governance http://www.sevenstories.com/Book/index.cfm?GCOI=58322100199600

 

Read the press release

 

(excerpt: Red Flag) What Is Possible concludes the book on a visionary note that would build global cooperation based on strong local and regional institutions. Offering real examples from the grassroots up to non-governmental organizations and the UN itself, Dawkins illuminates the constructive frameworks that global justice campaigners are working to achieve.

 

http://www.iatp.org/iatp/library/admin/uploadedfiles/New_Book_Highlights_Weaknesses_of_Global_Insti.htm

 

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Extraordinary Annual Meeting Global Agenda Monitor - "Visions for a Shared Future"

 

Also referred to as a "Global Reconciliation Summit" -- on page 21 -- by Klaus Schwab, Founder and President, World Economic Forum. No fewer than 71 sessions were held.

 

Statement by the Quartet (also known as the Middle East Quartet) (page 25) identifies members of the Quartet as:

 

Kofi Annan's speech is clear in its intent for world control. So is Colin Powell's, after the conciliatory opening remarks (language deception); the meat of the speech is almost a cookie-cutter of Annan's. Zoellick's speech on page 37, should awaken the most complacent: "There is a vast wealth of human capital in the Middle East..."

 

(Note: Language deception is used liberally in this document, but there is also a visible and huge global control ball and chain in evidence to the astute reader.)

 

June 21-23, 2003

 

World Economic Forum

 

http://www.weforum.org/

 

Amman, Jordan

 

Excerpt from Pages 5 and 6 ( Major, MAJOR Red Flag - note the five heads of the beast, er, Forum ): "The World Economic Forum is organizing a Council of 100 Leaders Initiative, composed of senior political, religious, business, media and opinion leaders (20 each) dedicated to strengthening ties and understanding between the West and the Islamic World. Council members present at the Extraordinary Annual Meeting met and developed a framework for the initiative, which is expected to be formally launched at the Forum's Annual Meeting in January 2004 under the Co-Chairmanship of H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia, and Lord Carey of Clifton, Former Archbishop of Canterbury, United Kingdom.

 

Excerpt from Pages 17 and 18:

 

The Water Management Task Force

 

"The Forum's new Water Initiative was prominently featured during the Extraordinary Annual Meeting in Jordan. Launched in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), its aim is to improve the quality and quantity of water for both business and communities by sharing best practices and partnering in the maintenance and management of water and watersheds around the world. ... Members include, among others, top businesses, NGOs, international organizations and governments. ... In addition, the Water Initiative has received the strong support of Alcan, the world's second largest aluminum producer, most notably in the decision of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Travis Engen, to chair the Initiative's Steering Committee.

 

The Water Initiative was launched on 5 June 2003, World Environment Day, on Lake Geneva. ... At the launch, Jose Maria Figueres said: "Shared responsibility for the management of watersheds from mountain ranges and coastal areas will improve the quality and quantity of water for business, populations and the environment." [Important to Note the order in which the three are listed and the fact that populations of WHAT are not mentioned; this could be populations of things other than people...] Additionally, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Topfer, stated: "We must not only increase public awareness about the challenges the world is facing in relation to water, but we must also change the way water use is perceived: from being a driver of conflict to being a catalyst for collaboration." [Note: Collaboration

 

In addition to helping to prepare the public sessions in Jordan on regional water management and the Red-Dead Sea Canal, a private meeting of participating organizations and other interested parties took place to explore transboundary water cooperation ..."

 

One of the speakers: Robert B. Zoellick (Colin Powell spoke, too, as did UN Kofi Annan)

 

Zoellick's topic: Global Trade and the Middle East: Reawakening a Vibrant Past

 

http://www.weforum.org/pdf/EAM/Agenda_Monitor

 

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Assembly of Turkish American Associations - Home of 54 Turkish-American Associations across US, Canada and Turkiye (their spelling) (ATAA)

 

http://www.ataa.org/spotlight/s_jan17.html