Price of Free Trade

ISBN-10: 1842774530
ISBN-13: 9781842774533
Edition: 2004
Authors: Gordon Myers
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Description: In the Caribbean Windward Islands, one in three jobs and half of export earnings depend on bananas. But from the end of 2005, the European Union will give up the last non-tariff measures designed to protect this trade. Looming over the islanders are  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 8/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

In the Caribbean Windward Islands, one in three jobs and half of export earnings depend on bananas. But from the end of 2005, the European Union will give up the last non-tariff measures designed to protect this trade. Looming over the islanders are unemployment, poverty, further emigration, and the almost inevitable switch to growing illegal drugs. Banana Wars tells how the US government, answering the grievances of a single American corporation, forced the World Trade Organization to nullify a European Community commitment to protect small Caribbean banana growers. The international trading system lacks the flexibility needed to give states like the Windward Islands the protection that they need to survive, while powerful supermarket chains insist on ever-lower prices, to the short-term benefit of consumers but the serious detriment of growers. This book calls for new EU arrangements to help the Caribbean banana industry beyond 2005 and for the WTO to give greater consideration to the needs of very small states with vulnerable economies.

Gordon Myers, a keen and extreme sportsman growing up has been coaching youth sports, especially soccer for over a decade and has seen very important trends among todays sports kids. He has recognized the signs as they develop from kids, to teens to young adults on and off the field. His one-on-one style to help develop kids at their own pace and as individuals makes them feel like winners regardless of the score. His awareness and respect for each and every kid in their own world is what makes them keep coming back for more.

Introduction
The Beginnings
A Benevolent Empire
The Windward Islands
Banana Wars in the Commonwealth
Judicial Review and Resolve to Reform
The European Community prior to 1993
The Market and the Major Players
Negotiating the New Regime
The First GATT Challenges, 1993-94
The Birth of the WTO: Compromise at Marrakesh
Chiquita and the US Campaign
The First WTO Case
A Disputed Conformity
Spin and Reality
Seeking an Agreed Solution
Cotonou Complications
Winners and Losers
A Threatened Future
Prospects for Survival
Equitable Trading
Reflections on the WTO
Post Mortem
Appendix: A Climate of Uncertainty

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