Tag: FTA

  • Authoritarianism, economic liberalization, and the roots of the 2011 uprisings

    Authoritarianism, economic liberalization, and the roots of the 2011 uprisings

    By Adam Hanieh [1] Exactly 10 years on, how should we understand the root causes of the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa? At the time, many commentators and policy-makers answered this question with reference to the simple mantra of ‘political and economic freedom’. While much of the world appeared to move…

  • Looking back, looking forward: to inherit a revolution

    Looking back, looking forward: to inherit a revolution

    By Miriyam Aouragh & Hamza Hamouchene Around a year ago we were reminiscing about how a decade had passed since the mass protests in Alexandria (Egypt) in June 2010 against the police murder of a young Egyptian, Khaled Mohamed Saeed,[1] and since the start of the third Saharawi intifada in Gdeim Izik[2] (Occupied Western Sahara)…

  • Tunisia joins forces to save global capital

    Tunisia joins forces to save global capital

    Unsurprisingly, Tunisia is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis amid the covid19 outbreak. The newly elected government headed by Elyes Fakhfakh decided on March 22nd to impose an early general lockdown on the country to contain the spread of the virus. 1.5 million Tunisian workers continued to work during the pandemic while more than…

  • Covid-19: Will patents hinder access to vaccines and medical treatments?

    Covid-19: Will patents hinder access to vaccines and medical treatments?

    “The first and only priority for trade negotiators at this time should be to remove all obstacles, including intellectual property rules, in existing agreements that hinder timely and affordable access to medical supplies, such as lifesaving medicines, devices, diagnostics and vaccines, and the ability of governments to take whatever steps are necessary to address this…

  • Global trade war: where do developing countries stand?

    Global trade war: where do developing countries stand?

    Are “developing’ countries privileged by their status in the World Trade Organization? In fact, this tag opens doors to various trade flexibilities: it seems to burden Donald Trump as he insisted to “end unfair trade benefits” on July 2019. But, how far is that true? This dispute happens as international trade has become the stage…

  • Tunisia: Olive oil, the curse of abundance

    Tunisia: Olive oil, the curse of abundance

    The record-breaking olive harvest makes the Tunisian government rejoice. But voiced concerns of farmers and transformers expose the hidden complexities of a fragile sector and raise questions about its future.  “I believed the olive oil sector would be a promising one, so I invested in establishing this mill in 2004, even though the olive grove…

  • Can Modern Monetary Theory solve Africa’s debt crisis ?

    Can Modern Monetary Theory solve Africa’s debt crisis ?

    For centuries, indebtedness has been a feature of African economies. Debt has been so heavy and unsustainable that it is often thought to be irrevocable. Is indebtedness really irredeemable? And can monetary sovereignty as defined by Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) settle African states problems with their creditors? These questions, among many others, have been debated…

  • DCFTA / Tunisia: you have no idea what the DCFTA can do for you…

    DCFTA / Tunisia: you have no idea what the DCFTA can do for you…

    By Mohamed Haddad, editor in chief & Khansa Ben Tarjem, President of Barr al Aman.  “Can we sell more olive oil in Europe? Can we mention that it is a product coming from Tunisia? Would it be possible to postpone the next negotiation meeting? What guarantees do we have that our business owners and investors…

  • DCFTA / Tunisia: Negotiating in the dark

    DCFTA / Tunisia: Negotiating in the dark

    This article was written by Fadil Aliriza in collaboration with the editorial board of Barr al Aman A new trade agreement between Tunisia and the European Union is at work and is raising crucial questions. The consequences on Tunisian sovereignty, its agricultural sector and its access to medicines might be at the core of this agreement. …