Free trade examined

Published April 1, 2004

Churches in North America, one of the world’s biggest free trade areas, have decided to devote more attention to fighting for a just system of global trade.

“We believe that current economic arrangements, international financial institutions and trade and investment treaties, for example, the North American Free Trade Agreement, unjustly distort the rules governing trade and investment to the advantage of the affluent and powerful,” said a statement from a meeting convened by the United States aid agency, Church World Service, and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC).

The CCC took the initiative to start a two-year process, including U.S. and Mexican churches and ecumenical agencies, that culminated in a recent meeting in Stony Point, N.Y.


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