Haiti: The Case for an Alternative Economic Integration

In collaboration with PAPDA

Context:

The negotiations for the establishment of the FTAA by the year 2005 are at an impasse. They are faced with many challenges and questions from the developing countries, both at government level on the side of social movements, who see the proposed FTAA, as conceived by the USA, as a tool for domination over geopolitical, economic, cultural and systematic looting of essential resources of these countries.

The anti-globalization social movements around the world, the hemispheric gathering of Cuba on issues of development and globalization, the World Social Forum (WSF) through the national mobilization, all found that another world is possible, that another integration is possible and that capitalism has reached a stage of decadence that makes it increasingly wild in a desperate attempt to save its future. Efforts to develop alternatives, combined through documents such as "Alternatives for the Americas" of the Hemispheric Social Alliance (CSA) or other as "Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas" proposed by the Venezuelan government show that the situation in developing countries can be managed in accordance with the different basic demands of the people.

Initiatives such as the plebiscite in Brazil or other referendum in Argentina, Ecuador, have enabled people to speak out against the establishment of the FTAA. They have had considerable impact on the negotiations. However, much remains to be done because the supporters of the integration of neoliberal logic remain attached to their objectives against the fundamental interests of peoples. Mobilization must enter its decisive phase this year, because it's time countdown.

Objectives:

  • Strengthening and structuring of work groups;

-Increase the number of member organizations of the group;

-Formalize the group's monthly meetings;

-Raise the level and quality of the reflections made in the group's strategy and alternative;

-Involve more potential areas in the advocacy campaign against the FTAA.

-Collect and publish these reflections on the sectors related to the FTAA negotiating issues related to their field of action;

-Develop a specific group working on trade within the country of fair trade;

-Analyze and make proposals on trading systems linking with other countries in the region and their impact on its production system;

  • Organizational strengthening;

-Support the advocacy of peasant organizations in the Artibonite as part of the country launched the rice during the month of October 2005;

-Supporting farmer organizations and other groups of Southeast (Jacmel) in their local mobilization in creating spaces for reflection, discussion on alternatives and citizen participation.

  • Advocacy;

-To influence the decisions of the Haitian government and other IFIs;

-Influence the work of the negotiating groups;

-Initiate a process of dialogue between civil society, the Haitian government and international institutions on economic policy in Haiti;

-Understand the new challenges of political and economic situation in Haiti in the reconstruction process.

  • Training / information and popular mobilization;

-To focus on the progress of negotiations for the establishment of the FTAA;

-Inform the public on the major economic debates today;

-Train community leaders capable of reproducing the information and conduct debates on economic issues in particular the case of the FTAA;

-Create spaces for community discussions on key economic issue in the country;

-Connect the fight against the FTAA with the major social movements and popular today as part of national reconstruction.

  • Public consultations;

-Encourage Haitian citizens to vote on a certain number of questions in particular the FTAA;

-Have a legal tool that can bring the Haitian Government and the IFIs to consider the claims of the Haitian people;

-Collect the reflections and proposals geographical regions of the country about the FTAA and the real problems faced in the respective areas;

-Facilitate dialogue between the various sectors in the regions as part of viable alternatives;

-Return and discuss the proposals at regional forums;

-Legitimate document of alternative development as a national plan of struggle against poverty by civil society;

-Defines a mechanism for control and monitoring from civil society as part of the national fight against poverty.

  • FTAA and privatization;

-Argue rationally the consequences of privatization and the FTAA;

-Alert the Haitian Government and all sectors of national life on the dangers of such agreements;

-Make available to the social movement and a popular Haitian background document about the relevant analyzes the close links between privatization and free trade agreements;

-Launching a debate between all sectors of national life on the consequences of privatization of basic services such as education, health, electricity, water;

  • Press;

-Inform the public about the FTAA: objectives (explicit and implicit), methodologies, working mechanisms, countries, negotiating groups;

-Promote the arguments advanced by social movements against the proposed FTAA;

- Facilitate interaction among the public about the arguments and alternatives to the FTAA.

-Take a position on various aspects of the proposed FTAA and also on the ongoing negotiations;

-Make public the various positions of the National Working Group on the FTAA;

-Train journalists on key concepts of integration processes;

-Participate and conduct radio and television programs on social and economic issues.

  • Publications;

-Publish 3 special issues of the PAPDA journal of the conjecture;

-Have a set of a set of socio-economic analyzes on the impact of the FTAA;

-Provide a space for industry groups to publish their positions;

-Post at least eight numbers Yon Lot Posib Ayiti during the period April 2004-December 2004;

-Make available to grassroots organizations a set of information in Creole on socio-economic themes in relationships with their own realities;

-Inform the public about current initiatives in the databases on alternatives;

-Create interactive space between grassroots organizations and regions.

  • Mobilizing international.

-Initiate a cycle of national mobilizations on issues related to the FTAA negotiations;

-Provide activities (workshops, conferences) on topics related to the FTAA;

-Organize the participation of a delegation composed of different sectors to mobilize the international

-Strengthen links between the Haitian people's struggle with other similar struggles in the region;

-Start the mobilization against the FTAA throughout the Caribbean;

-Develop a joint action plan and define broad areas of work relating to global mobilization in America;

-Launch a clear message to the proponents of neo-liberal logic compared to the economic policies applied in the entire Caribbean;

-Strengthen the work of the network Caribbean CPDC;

-Contribute to studies and research conducted as part of alternatives to current policies in the Caribbean and their impact on people's lives.

Achievements:

  • Strengthening and structuring of work groups;

-Strengthening of the National Working Group on the FTAA;

-Creation of three sectoral working groups;

-National Working Committee on Trade (CNTC).

  • Organizational strengthening;

-Creation and / or strengthening of networks peasants.

  • Advocacy;

-Writing a document related to the position of the sectors of civil society on the FTAA;

-Meetings with national and international on the issue of Haiti in the FTAA;

-Reference to the Haitian government of the questionnaire developed to gather specific information on the position of Haiti against the FTAA.

  • Training / information and popular mobilization;

-A public panel discussion at least a month;

-A training seminar by department to the attention of grassroots organizations;

-Large Public Mobilization on 1 May for the World Day of Work;

-Large Public Mobilization October 17: World Day of the fight against poverty.

  • Public consultations;

-National Petition against the FTAA;

-4 regional forums;

-A national forum.

  • FTAA and privatization;

-Studies and analyses;

-Conducting a study on the relationship between privatization and FTAA and its impact on the Haitian economy and the disadvantaged;

-National Conference;

-National Symposium on the impacts of privatization and the FTAA on basic social services.

  • Press;

-Design and dissemination of a series of five radio specials on the FTAA;

-Note press;

-Training seminar for journalists;

-Show in open online.

  • Publications;

-Justice Économique

-Yon Lot Ayiti Posib

  • International mobilization.

-Action Plan adopted at the hemispheric gathering of Cuba;

-World Social Forum;

-Social Forum Caribbean

-Work around the CPDC / MAF.

 

Year: 
2005
Locations: 
Haiti