Sucre: a monetary tool toward economic complementarity

Las conmemoraciones, case si se sabe aprovecharlas, pilule pueden constituir coyunturas fértiles para la reflexión histórica y para los ejercicios prospectivos. Por muchos motivos, los 20 años de la firma del Tratado de Asunción que se cumplirán el próximo 26 de marzo de 2011, pueden configurar una ocasión propicia para esa perspectiva de aportes. Desde esa convicción, el Centro de Formación para la Integración Regional (CEFIR) convocó este año a un grupo diverso de académicos, expertos y dirigentes de la integración regional dentro del MERCOSUR para impulsar ese objetivo. Se trataba de elaborar un libro colectivo que compilara distintas perspectivas de abordaje sobre el itinerario de estas dos décadas de historia del MERCOSUR, desde un perfil que combinara la reconstrucción histórica, el análisis de los principales aspectos de la situación actual y el relevamiento de los factores más destacados o señalados en la perspectiva de futuro.


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Las conmemoraciones, medicine si se sabe aprovecharlas, nurse pueden constituir coyunturas fértiles para la reflexión histórica y para los ejercicios prospectivos. Por muchos motivos, nurse los 20 años de la firma del Tratado de Asunción que se cumplirán el próximo 26 de marzo de 2011, pueden configurar una ocasión propicia para esa perspectiva de aportes. Desde esa convicción, el Centro de Formación para la Integración Regional (CEFIR) convocó este año a un grupo diverso de académicos, expertos y dirigentes de la integración regional dentro del MERCOSUR para impulsar ese objetivo. Se trataba de elaborar un libro colectivo que compilara distintas perspectivas de abordaje sobre el itinerario de estas dos décadas de historia del MERCOSUR, desde un perfil que combinara la reconstrucción histórica, el análisis de los principales aspectos de la situación actual y el relevamiento de los factores más destacados o señalados en la perspectiva de futuro.


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This paper seeks to understand the theoretical backgrounds that underlie the System, troche while raising the main issues the region faces with respect to trade and external dependency. The argument will unfold as follows: first, cheap we discuss the main issues that need to be tackled regarding regional integration in the midst of this initiative; second, we give a theoretical account of Keynes’ proposals as they relate to SUCRE; we then summarize details of the operation of the mechanism; and finally we draw some perspectives for SUCRE in its regional environment for the discussion on economic integration.


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Source: http://researchonmoneyandfinance.org/media/papers/RMF-31-Rosales-Cerezal-Molero.pdf

“The moment for Caribbean integration & CARICOM – a new era and regional outlook”

Latin America took another historic step forward this week with the creation of a new regional organization of 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The United States and Canada were excluded.

 

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Statement by the Caribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment to the newly appointed Secretary General of CARICOM, cure Mr. Irwin La Rocque

 

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Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas

A compilation of articles on the Left Debate on the euro-crisis


Articles by

Asbjørn Wahl

Mark Weisbrot

Yanis Varoufakis

Michel Husson

Costas Lapavitsas

Özlem Onaran


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Minggu, mind sale 08 Mei 2011 |

http://www.aseansummit.org/news79-asean-considering-transactions-in-local-currencies.html

 

Jakarta (ASEAN Summit)The idea to create a single currency for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seems difficult to realize soon due in part to the different levels of gross domestic product among the ASEAN members and the absence of a strong institution to deal with threats in the financial sector.

Yet, conducting trade transactions using local currencies within the region is another choice that could be implemented to avoid risks that might arise when using a third party currency like the US dollar.

Finance Minister Agus Martowadojo said the 10 ASEAN members + 3 (Japan, China, South Korea) will consider the use of local currencies in making trade transactions among member countries.

“We also discussed efforts to encourage the use of local currencies in trade transactions, namely the local currency in respective country. This would be effective in the trade transactions within ASEAN members or in the trade between ASEAN states and China, Japan and South Korea. We are still discussing this matter,” the finance minister said.

As preparations for the realization of this idea, the central banks of ASEAN countries and those of the three partner states are now studying the possibility of implementing a bilateral swap agreement.

“The bilateral swap agreement will be implemented using local currency, for example between Indonesia and Japan, Indonesia and China and Indonesia and South Korea. Ideally, the central banks of these countries should work together and study the possibility of the implementation of a bilateral swap agreement,” the minister said.

According to the ASEAN Secretariat`s website, finance ministers from China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN have several years ago agreed to expand their system of bilateral currency swaps under the Chiang Mai Initiative to a more multilateral system.

The ministers, meeting as the “ASEAN-plus-3” on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Istanbul, said this would make the Chiang Mai Initiative a “more effective and disciplined framework.”

Under the currency swaps, an Asian country hit by a foreign exchange crisis like the one in 1997 could borrow foreign currency usually US dollars from another country to bolster its reserves until the crisis had passed.

According to Pedro Paez Perez, former minister for economic policy coordination of Ecuador, the formation of regional monetary could increase coordination of monetary policies among states and help prevent currency fluctuations.

“Cooperation of among states in the region could prevent them from unnecessary debts and could develop their own natural resources to increase the working productivity of their people,” he said.

He said that Asian countries need to stabilize their regional currencies and set up multilateral loan agency such as the one done by Latin American countries.

“Countries in the South need to do this so that they would no longer depend on the economic system of the Western Countries,” he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

In this case, ASEAN needs to stabilize its local currencies for trade transactions, including the utilization of the currency swap facility.

The use of local currencies in trade transactions could minimize risks compared with using a third party currency such as the US dollar. Thus, the plan of ASEAN members to use local currencies is a good breakthrough.

“I think this is a good breakthrough and this needed to be followed up. If we use the third party currency in conducting trade transactions the value can usually change, thus risks can emerge,” Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said.

However, the minister could not yet assure when the local currencies would be realized because it still needed optimal preparations and popularization. “Maybe it is still a long way to go. It would still be discussed at the deputy prime ministerial level in the first place. Yet, if all have the commitment, it could be realized soon,” the minister said.

At least this could be implemented before hand, before a single currency is created.

Virtually, ASEAN has a good prospect for a single currency like the euro by the European , as the regional association`s trade has been accumulating hundreds of millions of US dollars each year.

Diponegoro University economist Nugroho SBM said that ASEAN remains an important geopolitical and economic power in Asia, and even in the world, and therefore a single currency will strengthen it against pressure from the US dollar for instance.

With ASEAN having a single currency, he said, the strong effect of the US dollar in that part of the world would be sterilized and thus strengthening the monetary position of the ASEAN countries.

“Indeed, it would take a very long time. The European alone needed 60 years before agreeing to use the euro as a single currency, bit it would be better to discuss the foundation of an ASEAN single currency from now on,” he said.

He said Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines may serve as a driving power for the formation of a single currency because they have a dominating trade volume among the ASEAN member countries, he said. (Antara)

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Jakarta (ASEAN Summit)The idea to create a single currency for the Association of South East Asian Nations

(ASEAN) seems difficult to realize soon due in part to the different levels of gross domestic product among the ASEAN members and the absence of a strong institution to deal with threats in the financial sector.

Yet, conducting trade transactions using local currencies within the region is another choice that could be implemented to avoid risks that might arise when using a third party currency like the US dollar.

Finance Minister Agus Martowadojo said the 10 ASEAN members + 3 (Japan, diagnosis China, South Korea) will consider the use of local currencies in making trade transactions among member countries.

“We also discussed efforts to encourage the use of local currencies in trade transactions, namely the local currency in respective country. This would be effective in the trade transactions within ASEAN members or in the trade between ASEAN states and China, Japan and South Korea. We are still discussing this matter,” the finance minister said.

As preparations for the realization of this idea, the central banks of ASEAN countries and those of the three partner states are now studying the possibility of implementing a bilateral swap agreement.

“The bilateral swap agreement will be implemented using local currency, for example between Indonesia and Japan, Indonesia and China and Indonesia and South Korea. Ideally, the central banks of these countries should work together and study the possibility of the implementation of a bilateral swap agreement,” the minister said.

According to the ASEAN Secretariat`s website, finance ministers from China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN have several years ago agreed to expand their system of bilateral currency swaps under the Chiang Mai Initiative to a more multilateral system.

The ministers, meeting as the “ASEAN-plus-3” on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Istanbul, said this would make the Chiang Mai Initiative a “more effective and disciplined framework.”

Under the currency swaps, an Asian country hit by a foreign exchange crisis like the one in 1997 could borrow foreign currency usually US dollars from another country to bolster its reserves until the crisis had passed.

According to Pedro Paez Perez, former minister for economic policy coordination of Ecuador, the formation of regional monetary could increase coordination of monetary policies among states and help prevent currency fluctuations.

“Cooperation of among states in the region could prevent them from unnecessary debts and could develop their own natural resources to increase the working productivity of their people,” he said.

He said that Asian countries need to stabilize their regional currencies and set up multilateral loan agency such as the one done by Latin American countries.

“Countries in the South need to do this so that they would no longer depend on the economic system of the Western Countries,” he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

In this case, ASEAN needs to stabilize its local currencies for trade transactions, including the utilization of the currency swap facility.

The use of local currencies in trade transactions could minimize risks compared with using a third party currency such as the US dollar. Thus, the plan of ASEAN members to use local currencies is a good breakthrough.

“I think this is a good breakthrough and this needed to be followed up. If we use the third party currency in conducting trade transactions the value can usually change, thus risks can emerge,” Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said.

However, the minister could not yet assure when the local currencies would be realized because it still needed optimal preparations and popularization. “Maybe it is still a long way to go. It would still be discussed at the deputy prime ministerial level in the first place. Yet, if all have the commitment, it could be realized soon,” the minister said.

At least this could be implemented before hand, before a single currency is created.

Virtually, ASEAN has a good prospect for a single currency like the euro by the European , as the regional association`s trade has been accumulating hundreds of millions of US dollars each year.

Diponegoro University economist Nugroho SBM said that ASEAN remains an important geopolitical and economic power in Asia, and even in the world, and therefore a single currency will strengthen it against pressure from the US dollar for instance.

With ASEAN having a single currency, he said, the strong effect of the US dollar in that part of the world would be sterilized and thus strengthening the monetary position of the ASEAN countries.

“Indeed, it would take a very long time. The European alone needed 60 years before agreeing to use the euro as a single currency, bit it would be better to discuss the foundation of an ASEAN single currency from now on,” he said.

He said Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines may serve as a driving power for the formation of a single currency because they have a dominating trade volume among the ASEAN member countries, he said. (Antara)

Minggu, 08 Mei 2011 |

http://www.aseansummit.org/news79-asean-considering-transactions-in-local-currencies.html

 

Jakarta (ASEAN Summit)The idea to create a single currency for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seems difficult to realize soon due in part to the different levels of gross domestic product among the ASEAN members and the absence of a strong institution to deal with threats in the financial sector.

Yet, sickness conducting trade transactions using local currencies within the region is another choice that could be implemented to avoid risks that might arise when using a third party currency like the US dollar.

Finance Minister Agus Martowadojo said the 10 ASEAN members + 3 (Japan, China, South Korea) will consider the use of local currencies in making trade transactions among member countries.

“We also discussed efforts to encourage the use of local currencies in trade transactions, namely the local currency in respective country. This would be effective in the trade transactions within ASEAN members or in the trade between ASEAN states and China, Japan and South Korea. We are still discussing this matter,” the finance minister said.

As preparations for the realization of this idea, the central banks of ASEAN countries and those of the three partner states are now studying the possibility of implementing a bilateral swap agreement.

“The bilateral swap agreement will be implemented using local currency, for example between Indonesia and Japan, Indonesia and China and Indonesia and South Korea. Ideally, the central banks of these countries should work together and study the possibility of the implementation of a bilateral swap agreement,” the minister said.

According to the ASEAN Secretariat`s website, finance ministers from China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN have several years ago agreed to expand their system of bilateral currency swaps under the Chiang Mai Initiative to a more multilateral system.

The ministers, meeting as the “ASEAN-plus-3” on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Istanbul, said this would make the Chiang Mai Initiative a “more effective and disciplined framework.”

Under the currency swaps, an Asian country hit by a foreign exchange crisis like the one in 1997 could borrow foreign currency usually US dollars from another country to bolster its reserves until the crisis had passed.

According to Pedro Paez Perez, former minister for economic policy coordination of Ecuador, the formation of regional monetary could increase coordination of monetary policies among states and help prevent currency fluctuations.

“Cooperation of among states in the region could prevent them from unnecessary debts and could develop their own natural resources to increase the working productivity of their people,” he said.

He said that Asian countries need to stabilize their regional currencies and set up multilateral loan agency such as the one done by Latin American countries.

“Countries in the South need to do this so that they would no longer depend on the economic system of the Western Countries,” he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

In this case, ASEAN needs to stabilize its local currencies for trade transactions, including the utilization of the currency swap facility.

The use of local currencies in trade transactions could minimize risks compared with using a third party currency such as the US dollar. Thus, the plan of ASEAN members to use local currencies is a good breakthrough.

“I think this is a good breakthrough and this needed to be followed up. If we use the third party currency in conducting trade transactions the value can usually change, thus risks can emerge,” Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said.

However, the minister could not yet assure when the local currencies would be realized because it still needed optimal preparations and popularization. “Maybe it is still a long way to go. It would still be discussed at the deputy prime ministerial level in the first place. Yet, if all have the commitment, it could be realized soon,” the minister said.

At least this could be implemented before hand, before a single currency is created.

Virtually, ASEAN has a good prospect for a single currency like the euro by the European , as the regional association`s trade has been accumulating hundreds of millions of US dollars each year.

Diponegoro University economist Nugroho SBM said that ASEAN remains an important geopolitical and economic power in Asia, and even in the world, and therefore a single currency will strengthen it against pressure from the US dollar for instance.

With ASEAN having a single currency, he said, the strong effect of the US dollar in that part of the world would be sterilized and thus strengthening the monetary position of the ASEAN countries.

“Indeed, it would take a very long time. The European alone needed 60 years before agreeing to use the euro as a single currency, bit it would be better to discuss the foundation of an ASEAN single currency from now on,” he said.

He said Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines may serve as a driving power for the formation of a single currency because they have a dominating trade volume among the ASEAN member countries, he said. (Antara)

Por Julio Gambina
Agosto, medical 2011
La reunión ocurre en una semana de recrudecimiento de la crisis, principalmente entre los principales países del capitalismo. En principio, vale mencionar que era hora que se asumiera entre los gobiernos de la región que la crisis es “mundial” y que por lo tanto, pese a los datos del crecimiento, superior al registro mundial, el problema es “global” y puede tener impacto en nuestros países. Es un cambio en el discurso, supone una modificación en el diagnóstico y el ámbito del análisis compartido, pese a las evidentes diferencias de políticas nacionales, excluye a la potencia hegemónica del continente y el mundo, nada menos que EEUU, epicentro de la crisis.
Entre las medidas que empiezan a diseñarse se destacan el fondo latinoamericano de reservas; el uso de monedas locales en el intercambio regional para des-dolarizar; la aceleración y extensión del Banco del Sur y la discusión sobre la banca de desarrollo regional (Corporación Andina de Fomento, CAF, y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, BID). Todo para discutirse en los próximos meses y a considerar su instrumentación de cara a las próximas cumbres presidenciales.
El conjunto de medidas apunta a consolidar un “blindaje” regional para reducir la vulnerabilidad externa de los países integrantes del bloque ante la profundidad de la crisis. Las alusiones a la no resolución de la “crisis del 2008” remiten a las preocupaciones latentes ante una recidiva de la recesión mundial ocurrida durante el 2009 y que se espera en el corto plazo, con las regresivas consecuencias sobre el empleo y la calidad de vida de la población empobrecida.
Las finanzas y el comercio en el centro de preocupación
Lo publicitado son medidas en el campo de las finanzas que ponen en discusión el destino de cuantiosas reservas internacionales, donde solo Brasil acumula 350.000 millones de dólares y la Argentina algo más de 50.000 millones de la moneda estadounidense. Son recursos que hoy abonan las dificultades financieras de los países en crisis y los planes de expansión del déficit que sostienen cuantiosos gastos militares y de subsidios y “salvatajes” a empresas en crisis.
Parte de la discusión se concentra en fortalecer el existente Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR), integrado por Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela, que fuera constituido en 1978 y cuya sede está en Bogotá, o en crear uno nuevo. Es una decisión a discutir principalmente en Brasil y Argentina, por ahora afuera del FLAR.
El fondo existente (o a crear) interviene en la captación de recursos en el mercado de capitales, emitiendo títulos de deuda, para asistir a países que pudieran verse afectados por situaciones críticas. La combinación de ese fondo con la propuesta de aceleración y extensión en la creación del Banco del Sur se orienta a satisfacer urgencias financieras con una orientación del crédito de desarrollo en el mediano plazo. El debate no solo se concentró en el nuevo banco, sino en la utilidad de los bancos de desarrollo en funcionamiento, sea el BID controlado por las principales potencias, o la CAF funcional a la acumulación transnacional de capitales.
Pero también constituyen medidas que pretenden actuar en el campo del comercio regional, impulsando los mecanismos de compensación de intercambios con monedas locales, extendiendo las experiencias del Sistema Único de Compensación Regional (S.U.C.RE), desarrollado entre los países integrantes del ALBA y/o el Sistema de Pagos en Monedas Locales (SML), entre Brasil y Argentina. Hay que destacar esta experimentación des-dolarizadora, al tiempo que debe señalarse la escasa incidencia de actores económicos y operaciones de comercio exterior involucrada en ambos sistemas, lo que evidencia la subordinación a la compensación en divisas de quienes definen el comercio internacional en nuestros países, sean empresarios o burocracias estatales.
Con los anuncios, se evidenció la ausencia en la discusión sobre articulaciones productivas para hacer realidad un desarrollo compartido que afirme las soberanías alimentarias o energéticas, con un modelo de desarrollo en defensa de los bienes comunes, el cuidado de la naturaleza y la promoción del “buen vivir” de la totalidad de la población.
La conciencia compartida incluye medidas defensivas en lo financiero y lo comercial, constituyendo una asignatura pendiente el debate sobre el “modelo productivo y de desarrollo” que en definitiva condiciona la circulación, o sea, el comercio y las finanzas; y más aún, pasar de medidas defensivas a una concepción de ofensiva, lo que supone discutir el orden mundial capitalista en crisis. Y claro, quizá ello sea demasiado pedir a un conglomerado de países, que aún excluyendo a EEUU, contienen en su seno proyectos de promoción del socialismo con defensores y promotores del capitalismo.
La participación popular ausente en la gestión de la crisis
Vale también mencionar, entre otras cuestiones, que un centenar de representativas organizaciones sociales y personalidades de nuestra América, entre los que resalta Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, el Premio Nobel de la Paz 1980, cuestionaron el carácter de “reunión a puertas cerradas” del cónclave económico.
El reclamo parte por no haber sido recibidos para un encuentro de debate de los movimientos con los funcionarios para discutir opiniones sobre el qué hacer ante la crisis. Es que los movimientos tienen sus propias reivindicaciones, estudios y propuestas, que volcaron por escrito y presentaron sus reflexiones y demandas ante el flamante Consejo Económico de UNASUR.
En el petitorio suscripto por las organizaciones se considera el desafío que supone la integración regional en la perspectiva de la defensa de los derechos de la población y el cuidado de la naturaleza, contra el accionar depredador y la especulación del sistema capitalista.
La demanda apunta a considerar la opinión de los pueblos, más allá de la discusión entre los representantes de los gobiernos. La cuestión es que no se trata solamente de generar instrumentos defensivos para limitar el impacto de la crisis, sino de involucrar a la sociedad mediante mecanismos participativos en la toma de decisiones sobre los usos de los recursos públicos, sean en los fondos de reservas o en la banca de desarrollo.
Es que muchas buenas intenciones de políticas económicas o sociales terminan gestionadas burocráticamente para reproducir modelos de gestión que afirman la situación que pretende resolverse. Así, la operatoria de la banca de desarrollo tradicional, sea el Banco Mundial, el BID u otros similares fortalecen el modelo productivo que origina la actual crisis alimentaria, medioambiental, energética, financiera y económica. Por ello la exigencia de protagonizar con participación popular las instancias de decisión en el Banco del Sur, o habilitar la contribución ciudadana en la instrumentación de auditorías de las deudas públicas, tal como resulta de la experiencia ecuatoriana, especialmente cuando el tema del endeudamiento de los principales Estados capitalistas vuelve a la escena mundial, nada menos que impulsando ajustes sociales que deterioran la vida de millones de personas.
Resulta auspiciosa la constitución de un ámbito de discusión sobre asuntos económicos en la región sudamericana, claro que debe reconocerse la diversidad y antagonismo de los procesos nacionales en curso en los diferentes países. La voz y el interés de los pueblos debe resonar en la nueva institucionalidad para interponer un criterio que pueda ir más allá de un escudo defensivo ante la amenaza externa y pueda expresarse una voluntad comprometida con otro mundo posible y necesario.
Fuente: http://juliogambina.blogspot.com/2011/08/consejo-suramericano-de-economia-y.html

Declaración del Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas de la UNASUR

This paper seeks to understand the theoretical backgrounds that underlie the System, rx while raising the main issues the region faces with respect to trade and external dependency. The argument will unfold as follows: first, we discuss the main issues that need to be tackled regarding regional integration in the midst of this initiative; second, we give a theoretical account of Keynes’ proposals as they relate to SUCRE; we then summarize details of the operation of the mechanism; and finally we draw some perspectives for SUCRE in its regional environment for the discussion on economic integration.

This paper seeks to understand the theoretical backgrounds that underlie the System, check while raising the main issues the region faces with respect to trade and external dependency. The argument will unfold as follows: first, prescription we discuss the main issues that need to be tackled regarding regional integration in the midst of this initiative; second, we give a theoretical account of Keynes’ proposals as they relate to SUCRE; we then summarize details of the operation of the mechanism; and finally we draw some perspectives for SUCRE in its regional environment for the discussion on economic integration.


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Source: http://researchonmoneyandfinance.org/media/papers/RMF-31-Rosales-Cerezal-Molero.pdf

This paper seeks to understand the theoretical backgrounds that underlie the System, nurse while raising the main issues the region faces with respect to trade and external dependency. The argument will unfold as follows: first, sickness we discuss the main issues that need to be tackled regarding regional integration in the midst of this initiative; second, we give a theoretical account of Keynes’ proposals as they relate to SUCRE; we then summarize details of the operation of the mechanism; and finally we draw some perspectives for SUCRE in its regional environment for the discussion on economic integration.


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An interview with Pedro Paez, Plenipotentiary Ambassador for the Ecuadorian Government on the New International Financial Architecture and Chair of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the design of a New Regional Financial Architecture – Banco del Sur. Read the full interview here.

An interview with Pedro Paez, Plenipotentiary Ambassador for the Ecuadorian Government on the New International Financial Architecture and Chair of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the design of a New Regional Financial Architecture – Banco del Sur. Read the full interview here.

Entrevista con Pedro Páez, representante plenipotenciario del Gobierno del Ecuador para los temas de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Internacional y presidente de la Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para el diseño de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional – Banco del Sur. Lea el acticulo completo aqui.

Entrevista con Pedro Páez, pharmacy representante plenipotenciario del Gobierno del Ecuador para los temas de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Internacional y presidente de la Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para el diseño de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional – Banco del Sur. lea el articulo completo aqui

Entrevista con Pedro Páez, there representante plenipotenciario del Gobierno del Ecuador para los temas de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Internacional y presidente de la Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para el diseño de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional – Banco del Sur.

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Petitorio a los Señores Ministros de Finanzas y Presidentes de Bancos Centrales de los países de la UNASUR

A compilation of articles on the Left Debate on the euro-crisis


Articles by

Asbjørn Wahl

Mark Weisbrot

Yanis Varoufakis

Michel Husson

Costas Lapavitsas

Özlem Onaran


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As stated by ATTAC “the present form of the European Union is a serious obstacle to democratic achievements, fundamental rights, cheap social security, pharmacy gender justice, and environmental sustainability. It suffers from a lack of democracy, legitimacy, and transparency, and is governed by a set of treaties which force neoliberal policies on member states and the whole world”.

For many years, several European networks of social organisations and movements have worked on alternatives to the neoliberal corporate Europe. The discussion on the other Europe we want is still very much under debate. However, the construction of Another Europe is combined with the daily struggles of European progressive movements, which oppose privatisation and disassembly of public services, Fortress Europe against migrants, weakening of democratic and civil rights and growing repression, trade and investment liberalisation policies, food and agricultural policies that undermine the possibilities for food sovereignty, corporate lobbies, military intervention in external conflicts and military bases, among others.

Some of the networks that contribute towards building an alternative European economic and social model are:

European ATTACs

Network for the Charter for another Europe
Euromemorandum-Group

European Alternatives

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTEREU)

Seattle To Brussels Network (S2B)

transform!

Women In Development Europe (WIDE)

European Coordination Via Campesina


EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, here a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, try while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.

Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012


For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee

CHHITH Sam Ath                                                              Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group,
wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, order while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


For more information, please visit our website at www.acscapfcam.org or contact the ACSC/APF


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS



EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, drugstore a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, seek wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


For more information, please visit our website at www.acscapfcam.org or contact the ACSC/APF


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, healing a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, shop wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, seek while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


For more information, please visit our website at www.acscapfcam.org or contact the ACSC/APF


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, cheap a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, treat wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


For more information, please visit our website at www.acscapfcam.org or contact the ACSC/APF


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, adiposity
a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012


For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee

CHHITH Sam Ath                                                              Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, healing a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, buy wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com

or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.
Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012
For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee
CHHITH Sam Ath Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

EVENT WEBSITE http://www.acscapf2012.org


The Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2012, a committee originated from the Cambodian Civil Society Working Group, see wishes to announce that it will organize ACSC/APF Event in full cooperation with the civil society groups in the Association of South East Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) region. This Event will be
held in Cambodia, while Cambodia is ASEAN chairs ASEAN in 2012. The date of the First phase of ACSC/APF Event in Cambodia will be held from 29th to 31 March 2012. The place will be announced later.

The theme of this year Event is “Making a Peoples?Center ASEAN a Reality”.

As tradition, ACSC/APF events were held in rotating countries in ASEAN: Malaysia (2005), Philippines (2006), Singapore (2007), Thailand (2009), Vietnam (2010), and Indonesia (2011). The ACSC is a main forum where civil society groups in the ASEAN region join in the discussion on commonality and similarity of concerns and then propose key recommendations to the ASEAN governments. This forum has been expanded in accordance with the flexibility of civil society of the host country. This fora is named “ASEAN People Forum, APF”. The main objectives of the event is to ensure space for civil society’s engagement
with ASEAN leaders and as a forum for civil society organizations and the peoples in ASEAN to discuss their issues of concerns and bring them to the attention of the ASEAN leaders.

The ACSC/APF 2012 has the following key objectives:
a) to secure and strengthen critical engagement between peoples and civil society with ASEAN;
b) to urge ASEAN leaders and governments to promote a genuinely peoples?center ASEAN;
c) to present demands of peoples and civil society in the region to ASEAN leaders;
d) to enhance mutual understanding and build solidarity, unity, and cooperation among the peoples of South East Asia in the process of community building;
e) to consult among selected ASEAN CSOs and CSOs in Cambodia on key challenges within the framework of ASEAN geo politics and charter;
f) to consolidate and share CSO relevant recommendations to ASEAN leaders through direct interface;
g) to foster CSOs enabling environment within ASEAN;

With these events organized, Civil society groups in the ASEAN region are committed to contribute to achieving one of the main goals of ASEAN: “Peoples? center ASEAN” through regional cooperation and development. Second phase of ACSC/APF Event will also be scheduled for a large number of participants from the Region ahead of the November ASEAN Summit.


Secretariat, Mr. Suon Sareth or Mr. Jeudy Oeung acscapf.camsec@gmail.com or Mobile Phone at (855) 12 714147 or at tel# 023301415.

Phnom Penh, 20 February 2012


For Civil Society Committee
National Steering Committee

CHHITH Sam Ath                                                              Thida C. KHUS


FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME, WORKSHOPS and LOGISTICS, see http://www.acscapf2012.org

Peoples’ SAARC on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ held on 18-19 January 2011 at Dhaka

PRESS STATEMENT, 20th Jan 2011

Participants in the seminar organized by Peoples SAARC on 18-19 January 2011 in Dhaka on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ discussed the possible contours of an effective SAARC Union and the possibility of a peaceful, democratic, united and just South Asia.. The group observed that South Asia is home to some of the world’s richest; and also of the largest number of poor people in the world. The region is plagued by conflict, poverty, lack of access to basic necessities and services; and ravaged by conflicts of various kinds. Rampant unemployment, feudalism, abysmal living conditions of the large majority, is further complicated by religious sectarian violence and state sponsored violence, both domestic and cross border.

There is an urgent need to find solutions to the deep seated problems in the South Asian region. And clearly, these cannot be found in the failed neo-liberal paradigm, nor in the right wing alternatives based on religious sectarianism and national chauvinism. It is also clear to us that the solutions to what are common problems spanning the entire region are more likely to be effective if they are regional in scope. Regional unity can be a good beginning to finding solutions and alternatives.

Yet many of the governments of the SAARC countries, particularly the more powerful ones, are not upholding the lofty ideals that form part of the SAARC Charter which they are committed to defend.

Although SAFTA has been in place since the 1980s, formal trade within the region is still negligible. Intra-regional trade can be a vehicle for pro-poor, equitable growth, but only when such trade includes safeguards and regulations to allow for equitable growth both within and between countries. The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that are being negotiated and implemented within the region bilaterally and with other countries follow a neo-liberal model that undermines labor regulations and benefits richer countries disproportionately. The EU-India FTA currently being negotiated is based on the unequal power relation between the north and the south and if signed would seriously affect the economic interest and livelihood of the people of South Asia. Intra-regional trade based on the principles of complementarity and protection of workers, farmers and other marginalized communities is necessary and essential for the economic well-being of countries in the region.

Climate change is a critical issue throughout the region, with coastal and mountainous communities facing the greatest threat. Climate justice is closely linked with the more fundamental questions of poverty, marginalisation, deprivation, and skewed development. We appeal to the governments of SAARC to respond to this threat by addressing the question of climate justice, and also by working out unified positions on the climate negotiations and climate justice, and measures taken in energy policy and the development of clean technology.

While conflicts are tearing apart the region and the countries of South Asia, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India the “war on terror” is claiming thousands of lives as collateral damage. This conflict cannot be resolved without accountability for those who have committed crimes on all sides, including governments. Solutions must be driven by the affected communities whenever possible through transparent processes designed to build trust between communities.

We in PSAARC are deeply concerned about the rise in sectarian violence, militancy based on nationalism and religion, and the support they are getting from the various quarters including the state, Army, Intelligence agencies, etc. Terrorist violence in the name of religion, which was historically sponsored by imperialism has extended its pernicious tentacles all over the region. Wars are being fought over natural resources, for geo-political gains, and also for the hearts and minds of the citizens.

Religious extremism has been spawned by imperialist interests and their drive for global hegemony. It should be fought collectively by the people of South Asia. An increased commitment to democracy and justice and the intensification is the only way to combat this trend.

Fundamental to the creation of a united, peaceful and prosperous South Asia is a liberalised visa regime. The tightening of visa restrictions does not affect those who carry arms and carry out armed attacks on innocents. These are criminals and they do not apply for visas. Those who are affected are those with families in neighbouring countries, those who work on cooperative projects between South Asian countries, those who are peace activists….and also those who are traveling in search of a livelihood.

It is natural that people from the less prosperous regions migrate to places where they can make a living for themselves and their survival. This issue is therefore closely linked with development. The governments of SAARC Countries have an obligation to protect the rights of all South Asian people to earn a decent livelihood. Criminalising them in the name of ‘illegal migration’ is not an option.

The new South Asian region can be created only when we and our political leadership have the courage to develop and implement solutions to these issues. This meeting is an important first step towards this.

We, members of academia, trade unions, NGOs, social movements, womens organizations, who are part of the loose network called PSAARC, believe that SAARC must play a pro-active role to fulfill the aspirations of the people of South Asia along with civil society organizations. Towards this we appeal to the Bangladeshi government, which has been striving to build and extend democracy for its peoples, and from whom we have very high expectations, to support these aspirations of the people of the region.

Precipitating organization and persons:

From AFGANISTAN: RAZ MOHD DALILI- SDE. From INDIA: MEENA RUKMINI MENON- FOCUS, JATIN BABU DESAI-Fucus, LALITA RAMDAS-Greenpeace, KAMLA BHASIN-Sangat, KAMAL ARON MITRA CHENOY -JNU, , Samir Dossai -Action Aid, NEERA CHANDHOKE, BABULAL SHARMA- SAPA, ASHOK GHOSH CHOWDHURY – NFFPFW/NITU,ROMA MALIK -NFFPFW/UP, GAUTAM MODY NTUI, DR.AMRITA CHHACHHI ,ANIL KUMAR CHAUDHURY, Dipali Sharma – Action Aid. From MALDIVES: LATHEEF MOHAMED. From MANILA: JENINA JOY CHAVEZ-Focus. From NEPAL: SARBA RAJ KHADKA-SAAPE/RRW, NETRA PRASAD-TIMSINA Nepal, RACHITA SHARMA DHUNGEL-SAAPE, KAPIL SHRESTHA- NEOC, GOPAL KRISHNA SIWAKOTI – ANFREL, LILADHAR UPADHYAYA-The rising Nepal, BISHNU PUKAR SHRESTHA-CAHURAST, DINASH TRIPATHI- Civil Ribs Association Nepal. From PAKISTAN: KARAMAT ALI, FARRUKH SOHAIL GOINDI – Jumhoori Publications, ZULFIQAR ALI HALEPOTO-PPC, MOHAMED ILYAS- PLP,HASIL KHAN BIZENJO, MOHAMMED ASLAM MERAJ,NAJMA SADEQUE-SHIRKAT GDH, ZAHIDA PARVEEN DETHO- SRPO, SHARAFAT ALI PILER, NADEEM ASHRAF , Anjuman Magarccn Panjab, SHAIKH ASAD REHMAN-Suugi Development Fuondation. From SRILANKA : MOHAMMAD MARUF-Peoples SPACE, SUNILA ABEY SEKARA –SANGAT. From BANGLAESH : Md. Halal uddin – Ongikar, Shahida Khan-Rupanter, Lutfar rahman-BTUC, Mangal Kumar Chakma- PCJSS, Fawzia – SANGAT & UNDP, ADITTYA – IED, Mohiuddin Mohi- SAAPE, Nasir Uddin-GUP/SAPA, Uma Chudhury- SUPRO, Shamima Akter-ASWO foundation,KG Moazzam-CPD, NAVSHARAN SINGH -IDRC, Wajedul Islam-BTUC, Mohammad Latif, Badrul Alam -BKF, Asgor Ali Sabri – Action Aid, Monjur Rari Paramanik- Supro, Muzib-BNPS,M. Aslam- LOM, Titumir-UO, Himadri Ahsan-BNPS,Shahin anam – MJF, AHM Bazlur Rahman-BNNRC, Khushi Kabir- Nijerakori, Numan Ahmed- IED, Hareeda Hassan- ASK/SAHR, Anwar Hossain – WAVE Foundation, A.Haseeb Khan- RIC,

For more clarification, please contact;
Reza, Chief Moderator, EquityBD, Mobile +8801711529792, reza@coastbd.org
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C/O SAAPE, PO 8130, 288 Gairidhara Marg, Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal. (T) (977) 14004976, saape@saape.org

Peoples’ SAARC on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ held on 18-19 January 2011 at Dhaka

PRESS STATEMENT, generic 20th Jan 2011

Participants in the seminar organized by Peoples SAARC on 18-19 January 2011 in Dhaka on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ discussed the possible contours of an effective SAARC Union and the possibility of a peaceful, democratic, united and just South Asia.. The group observed that South Asia is home to some of the world’s richest; and also of the largest number of poor people in the world. The region is plagued by conflict, poverty, lack of access to basic necessities and services; and ravaged by conflicts of various kinds. Rampant unemployment, feudalism, abysmal living conditions of the large majority, is further complicated by religious sectarian violence and state sponsored violence, both domestic and cross border.

There is an urgent need to find solutions to the deep seated problems in the South Asian region. And clearly, these cannot be found in the failed neo-liberal paradigm, nor in the right wing alternatives based on religious sectarianism and national chauvinism. It is also clear to us that the solutions to what are common problems spanning the entire region are more likely to be effective if they are regional in scope. Regional unity can be a good beginning to finding solutions and alternatives.

Yet many of the governments of the SAARC countries, particularly the more powerful ones, are not upholding the lofty ideals that form part of the SAARC Charter which they are committed to defend.

Although SAFTA has been in place since the 1980s, formal trade within the region is still negligible. Intra-regional trade can be a vehicle for pro-poor, equitable growth, but only when such trade includes safeguards and regulations to allow for equitable growth both within and between countries. The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that are being negotiated and implemented within the region bilaterally and with other countries follow a neo-liberal model that undermines labor regulations and benefits richer countries disproportionately. The EU-India FTA currently being negotiated is based on the unequal power relation between the north and the south and if signed would seriously affect the economic interest and livelihood of the people of South Asia. Intra-regional trade based on the principles of complementarity and protection of workers, farmers and other marginalized communities is necessary and essential for the economic well-being of countries in the region.

Climate change is a critical issue throughout the region, with coastal and mountainous communities facing the greatest threat. Climate justice is closely linked with the more fundamental questions of poverty, marginalisation, deprivation, and skewed development. We appeal to the governments of SAARC to respond to this threat by addressing the question of climate justice, and also by working out unified positions on the climate negotiations and climate justice, and measures taken in energy policy and the development of clean technology.

While conflicts are tearing apart the region and the countries of South Asia, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India the “war on terror” is claiming thousands of lives as collateral damage. This conflict cannot be resolved without accountability for those who have committed crimes on all sides, including governments. Solutions must be driven by the affected communities whenever possible through transparent processes designed to build trust between communities.

We in PSAARC are deeply concerned about the rise in sectarian violence, militancy based on nationalism and religion, and the support they are getting from the various quarters including the state, Army, Intelligence agencies, etc. Terrorist violence in the name of religion, which was historically sponsored by imperialism has extended its pernicious tentacles all over the region. Wars are being fought over natural resources, for geo-political gains, and also for the hearts and minds of the citizens.

Religious extremism has been spawned by imperialist interests and their drive for global hegemony. It should be fought collectively by the people of South Asia. An increased commitment to democracy and justice and the intensification is the only way to combat this trend.

Fundamental to the creation of a united, peaceful and prosperous South Asia is a liberalised visa regime. The tightening of visa restrictions does not affect those who carry arms and carry out armed attacks on innocents. These are criminals and they do not apply for visas. Those who are affected are those with families in neighbouring countries, those who work on cooperative projects between South Asian countries, those who are peace activists….and also those who are traveling in search of a livelihood.

It is natural that people from the less prosperous regions migrate to places where they can make a living for themselves and their survival. This issue is therefore closely linked with development. The governments of SAARC Countries have an obligation to protect the rights of all South Asian people to earn a decent livelihood. Criminalising them in the name of ‘illegal migration’ is not an option.

The new South Asian region can be created only when we and our political leadership have the courage to develop and implement solutions to these issues. This meeting is an important first step towards this.

We, members of academia, trade unions, NGOs, social movements, womens organizations, who are part of the loose network called PSAARC, believe that SAARC must play a pro-active role to fulfill the aspirations of the people of South Asia along with civil society organizations. Towards this we appeal to the Bangladeshi government, which has been striving to build and extend democracy for its peoples, and from whom we have very high expectations, to support these aspirations of the people of the region.

Precipitating organization and persons:

From AFGANISTAN: RAZ MOHD DALILI- SDE. From INDIA: MEENA RUKMINI MENON- FOCUS, JATIN BABU DESAI-Fucus, LALITA RAMDAS-Greenpeace, KAMLA BHASIN-Sangat, KAMAL ARON MITRA CHENOY -JNU, , Samir Dossai -Action Aid, NEERA CHANDHOKE, BABULAL SHARMA- SAPA, ASHOK GHOSH CHOWDHURY – NFFPFW/NITU,ROMA MALIK -NFFPFW/UP, GAUTAM MODY NTUI, DR.AMRITA CHHACHHI ,ANIL KUMAR CHAUDHURY, Dipali Sharma – Action Aid. From MALDIVES: LATHEEF MOHAMED. From MANILA: JENINA JOY CHAVEZ-Focus. From NEPAL: SARBA RAJ KHADKA-SAAPE/RRW, NETRA PRASAD-TIMSINA Nepal, RACHITA SHARMA DHUNGEL-SAAPE, KAPIL SHRESTHA- NEOC, GOPAL KRISHNA SIWAKOTI – ANFREL, LILADHAR UPADHYAYA-The rising Nepal, BISHNU PUKAR SHRESTHA-CAHURAST, DINASH TRIPATHI- Civil Ribs Association Nepal. From PAKISTAN: KARAMAT ALI, FARRUKH SOHAIL GOINDI – Jumhoori Publications, ZULFIQAR ALI HALEPOTO-PPC, MOHAMED ILYAS- PLP,HASIL KHAN BIZENJO, MOHAMMED ASLAM MERAJ,NAJMA SADEQUE-SHIRKAT GDH, ZAHIDA PARVEEN DETHO- SRPO, SHARAFAT ALI PILER, NADEEM ASHRAF , Anjuman Magarccn Panjab, SHAIKH ASAD REHMAN-Suugi Development Fuondation. From SRILANKA : MOHAMMAD MARUF-Peoples SPACE, SUNILA ABEY SEKARA –SANGAT. From BANGLAESH : Md. Halal uddin – Ongikar, Shahida Khan-Rupanter, Lutfar rahman-BTUC, Mangal Kumar Chakma- PCJSS, Fawzia – SANGAT & UNDP, ADITTYA – IED, Mohiuddin Mohi- SAAPE, Nasir Uddin-GUP/SAPA, Uma Chudhury- SUPRO, Shamima Akter-ASWO foundation,KG Moazzam-CPD, NAVSHARAN SINGH -IDRC, Wajedul Islam-BTUC, Mohammad Latif, Badrul Alam -BKF, Asgor Ali Sabri – Action Aid, Monjur Rari Paramanik- Supro, Muzib-BNPS,M. Aslam- LOM, Titumir-UO, Himadri Ahsan-BNPS,Shahin anam – MJF, AHM Bazlur Rahman-BNNRC, Khushi Kabir- Nijerakori, Numan Ahmed- IED, Hareeda Hassan- ASK/SAHR, Anwar Hossain – WAVE Foundation, A.Haseeb Khan- RIC,

For more clarification, please contact;
Reza, Chief Moderator, EquityBD, Mobile +8801711529792, reza@coastbd.org
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C/O SAAPE, PO 8130, 288 Gairidhara Marg, Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal. (T) (977) 14004976, saape@saape.org

Peoples’ SAARC on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ held on 18-19 January 2011 at Dhaka

PRESS STATEMENT, 20th Jan 2011

Participants in the seminar organized by Peoples SAARC on 18-19 January 2011 in Dhaka on ‘Envisioning New South Asia: Peoples’ Perspective’ discussed the possible contours of an effective SAARC Union and the possibility of a peaceful, no rx democratic, united and just South Asia.. The group observed that South Asia is home to some of the world’s richest; and also of the largest number of poor people in the world. The region is plagued by conflict, poverty, lack of access to basic necessities and services; and ravaged by conflicts of various kinds. Rampant unemployment, feudalism, abysmal living conditions of the large majority, is further complicated by religious sectarian violence and state sponsored violence, both domestic and cross border.

There is an urgent need to find solutions to the deep seated problems in the South Asian region. And clearly, these cannot be found in the failed neo-liberal paradigm, nor in the right wing alternatives based on religious sectarianism and national chauvinism. It is also clear to us that the solutions to what are common problems spanning the entire region are more likely to be effective if they are regional in scope. Regional unity can be a good beginning to finding solutions and alternatives.

Yet many of the governments of the SAARC countries, particularly the more powerful ones, are not upholding the lofty ideals that form part of the SAARC Charter which they are committed to defend.

Although SAFTA has been in place since the 1980s, formal trade within the region is still negligible. Intra-regional trade can be a vehicle for pro-poor, equitable growth, but only when such trade includes safeguards and regulations to allow for equitable growth both within and between countries. The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that are being negotiated and implemented within the region bilaterally and with other countries follow a neo-liberal model that undermines labor regulations and benefits richer countries disproportionately. The EU-India FTA currently being negotiated is based on the unequal power relation between the north and the south and if signed would seriously affect the economic interest and livelihood of the people of South Asia. Intra-regional trade based on the principles of complementarity and protection of workers, farmers and other marginalized communities is necessary and essential for the economic well-being of countries in the region.

Climate change is a critical issue throughout the region, with coastal and mountainous communities facing the greatest threat. Climate justice is closely linked with the more fundamental questions of poverty, marginalisation, deprivation, and skewed development. We appeal to the governments of SAARC to respond to this threat by addressing the question of climate justice, and also by working out unified positions on the climate negotiations and climate justice, and measures taken in energy policy and the development of clean technology.

While conflicts are tearing apart the region and the countries of South Asia, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India the “war on terror” is claiming thousands of lives as collateral damage. This conflict cannot be resolved without accountability for those who have committed crimes on all sides, including governments. Solutions must be driven by the affected communities whenever possible through transparent processes designed to build trust between communities.

We in PSAARC are deeply concerned about the rise in sectarian violence, militancy based on nationalism and religion, and the support they are getting from the various quarters including the state, Army, Intelligence agencies, etc. Terrorist violence in the name of religion, which was historically sponsored by imperialism has extended its pernicious tentacles all over the region. Wars are being fought over natural resources, for geo-political gains, and also for the hearts and minds of the citizens.

Religious extremism has been spawned by imperialist interests and their drive for global hegemony. It should be fought collectively by the people of South Asia. An increased commitment to democracy and justice and the intensification is the only way to combat this trend.

Fundamental to the creation of a united, peaceful and prosperous South Asia is a liberalised visa regime. The tightening of visa restrictions does not affect those who carry arms and carry out armed attacks on innocents. These are criminals and they do not apply for visas. Those who are affected are those with families in neighbouring countries, those who work on cooperative projects between South Asian countries, those who are peace activists….and also those who are traveling in search of a livelihood.

It is natural that people from the less prosperous regions migrate to places where they can make a living for themselves and their survival. This issue is therefore closely linked with development. The governments of SAARC Countries have an obligation to protect the rights of all South Asian people to earn a decent livelihood. Criminalising them in the name of ‘illegal migration’ is not an option.

The new South Asian region can be created only when we and our political leadership have the courage to develop and implement solutions to these issues. This meeting is an important first step towards this.

We, members of academia, trade unions, NGOs, social movements, womens organizations, who are part of the loose network called PSAARC, believe that SAARC must play a pro-active role to fulfill the aspirations of the people of South Asia along with civil society organizations. Towards this we appeal to the Bangladeshi government, which has been striving to build and extend democracy for its peoples, and from whom we have very high expectations, to support these aspirations of the people of the region.

Precipitating organization and persons:

From AFGANISTAN: RAZ MOHD DALILI- SDE. From INDIA: MEENA RUKMINI MENON- FOCUS, JATIN BABU DESAI-Fucus, LALITA RAMDAS-Greenpeace, KAMLA BHASIN-Sangat, KAMAL ARON MITRA CHENOY -JNU, , Samir Dossai -Action Aid, NEERA CHANDHOKE, BABULAL SHARMA- SAPA, ASHOK GHOSH CHOWDHURY – NFFPFW/NITU,ROMA MALIK -NFFPFW/UP, GAUTAM MODY NTUI, DR.AMRITA CHHACHHI ,ANIL KUMAR CHAUDHURY, Dipali Sharma – Action Aid. From MALDIVES: LATHEEF MOHAMED. From MANILA: JENINA JOY CHAVEZ-Focus. From NEPAL: SARBA RAJ KHADKA-SAAPE/RRW, NETRA PRASAD-TIMSINA Nepal, RACHITA SHARMA DHUNGEL-SAAPE, KAPIL SHRESTHA- NEOC, GOPAL KRISHNA SIWAKOTI – ANFREL, LILADHAR UPADHYAYA-The rising Nepal, BISHNU PUKAR SHRESTHA-CAHURAST, DINASH TRIPATHI- Civil Ribs Association Nepal. From PAKISTAN: KARAMAT ALI, FARRUKH SOHAIL GOINDI – Jumhoori Publications, ZULFIQAR ALI HALEPOTO-PPC, MOHAMED ILYAS- PLP,HASIL KHAN BIZENJO, MOHAMMED ASLAM MERAJ,NAJMA SADEQUE-SHIRKAT GDH, ZAHIDA PARVEEN DETHO- SRPO, SHARAFAT ALI PILER, NADEEM ASHRAF , Anjuman Magarccn Panjab, SHAIKH ASAD REHMAN-Suugi Development Fuondation. From SRILANKA : MOHAMMAD MARUF-Peoples SPACE, SUNILA ABEY SEKARA –SANGAT. From BANGLAESH : Md. Halal uddin – Ongikar, Shahida Khan-Rupanter, Lutfar rahman-BTUC, Mangal Kumar Chakma- PCJSS, Fawzia – SANGAT & UNDP, ADITTYA – IED, Mohiuddin Mohi- SAAPE, Nasir Uddin-GUP/SAPA, Uma Chudhury- SUPRO, Shamima Akter-ASWO foundation,KG Moazzam-CPD, NAVSHARAN SINGH -IDRC, Wajedul Islam-BTUC, Mohammad Latif, Badrul Alam -BKF, Asgor Ali Sabri – Action Aid, Monjur Rari Paramanik- Supro, Muzib-BNPS,M. Aslam- LOM, Titumir-UO, Himadri Ahsan-BNPS,Shahin anam – MJF, AHM Bazlur Rahman-BNNRC, Khushi Kabir- Nijerakori, Numan Ahmed- IED, Hareeda Hassan- ASK/SAHR, Anwar Hossain – WAVE Foundation, A.Haseeb Khan- RIC,

For more clarification, please contact;
Reza, Chief Moderator, EquityBD, Mobile +8801711529792, reza@coastbd.org
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C/O SAAPE, PO 8130, 288 Gairidhara Marg, Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal. (T) (977) 14004976, saape@saape.org

En ocasión del primer encuentro del Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas
Buenos Aires,   12 de Agosto de 2011

Nos dirigimos a los señores Ministros de Finanzas y Presidentes de Bancos Centrales de los países de la UNASUR, en ocasión de este primer encuentro del Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas, como organizaciones y movimientos populares, instituciones, legisladores y personas de la región, comprometidos en la promoción de la vida y la justicia social. Desde por lo menos la primera Cumbre de la entonces Comunidad de Naciones del Sur, celebrada en Bolivia, en diciembre de 2006, venimos impulsando campañas y acciones en pos de la creación y fortalecimiento de alternativas de financiamiento soberano y solidario, en un marco de integración desde los pueblos y en defensa de los derechos humanos, los derechos de los pueblos y los derechos de la Madre Tierra.

Consideramos importante la reunión extraordinaria de las y los Presidentes y Jefes de Estado de UNASUR y la reunión técnica que los Ministros de Economía acaban de realizar, ambas en Lima, con la finalidad de adoptar medidas conjuntas para evitar mayores consecuencias para los pueblos de nuestros países, como efecto de la crisis que se sigue propagando desde el centro del sistema económico-financiero capitalista en Estados Unidos y Europa.

La agudización de esta crisis acrecienta la necesidad y las expectativas en la articulación económica regional. Es la oportunidad para pensar más allá de la lógica del capital, ya que esa “racionalidad” lleva hoy el sello del ajuste fiscal suscripto por demócratas y republicanos en EEUU, o el desmantelamiento del remanente Estado benefactor en Europa. El resultado es el deterioro de las condiciones de vida y trabajo de la mayoría de la población.

Es en ese espíritu y en la convicción que nos une de la necesidad, la urgencia y la clara posibilidad de una mayor participación democrática para avanzar y profundizar la integración regional como camino hacia el buen vivir de los pueblos, que saludamos la creación de este Consejo como espacio permanente para avanzar en estos temas y ofrecemos las siguientes consideraciones y propuestas:

1. Entendemos la necesidad de dar prioridad a la integración regional ya no sólo como cumplimiento de un largo sueño de complementación, sino en particular por la imperiosa necesidad de generar respuestas comunes ante un marco económico y financiero internacional altamente inestable e incierto y la exigencia de una transformación profunda del actual modelo de producción y consumo. La crisis económica internacional claramente no ha cesado, aumentando los riesgos para la región y poniendo de manifiesto la urgencia de avanzar en transformaciones de fondo. La existencia simultánea de un marco circunstancial favorable, en la mayor parte de los países de la UNASUR, acentúa el potencial de nuestras sociedades y torna imprescindible aprovechar el momento para lograr los cambios estructurales que posibilitarían una distribución equitativa de los beneficios y los costos de los procesos económicos junto con la restauración del equilibrio con la naturaleza.

2. Alertamos sobre el peligro que los Estados involucrados intenten avanzar en la integración regional sin consolidar mecanismos permanentes de participación de la sociedad y sus organizaciones. Es precisa la más amplia participación democrática y transparencia y, que ello se haga en relación al diagnóstico de los problemas como en el diseño, ejecución y control de las políticas y programas que desde el espacio de la UNASUR puedan impulsarse de manera conjunta y en cada uno de los países. Reclamamos una política consecuente con el fomento y concreción de dicha participación en todos los ámbitos y niveles de consideración, incluyendo al Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas.

3. Observamos con enorme preocupación la demora en poner en marcha una nueva arquitectura financiera regional, que contribuya a evitar que la región sea golpeada por las crisis externas y afirme que los recursos de ahorro sean canalizados hacia necesidades prioritarias de inversión social y productiva como son garantizar la soberanía y complementación alimentaria, energética y de atención a la salud, la educación, la vivienda, el trabajo, la seguridad social y demás derechos económicos, sociales y culturales. Al respecto, esperamos que el interés en avanzar en este sentido, manifestado en los últimos días por las máximas autoridades de la UNASUR, redunde en la concreción de las iniciativas que desde hace tiempo, languidecen en la agenda regional.

4. Entre ellas, entendemos impostergable la puesta en marcha de un Banco del Sur solidario con una transición justa hacia un nuevo modelo productivo equitativo, menos contaminante, determinado regionalmente y afín a estas necesidades y derechos. Tal Banco pueda además contribuir con el financiamiento necesario para hacer frente al cambio climático, canalizando los recursos del pago de la deuda ecológica y climática del Norte para que sean administrados desde la región y no a través del Banco Mundial, el BID, la CAF u otras entidades similares.

5. Otras iniciativas cuya adopción seguimos reclamado, y que puedan contribuir a los fines señalados y proteger a nuestra región de los eventuales nuevos embates de la crisis desatada en EE.UU. y Europa, incluyen la concreción de un Fondo de Reservas del Sur, el control cambiario común y la creación de mecanismos de intercambio, como podría ser una unidad de cuenta regional, que reemplacen la dependencia actual del dólar estadounidense.

6. Reconociendo la preocupación manifestada por los señores Ministros y Presidentes de Bancos Centrales, por la carestía y las condicionalidades del crédito planteadas históricamente por los mercados internacionales y organismos/entidades financieras, apoyamos la decisión de abocarse a medidas comunes para favorecer la inversión y uso más eficaz de los capitales que se generan en la región. Llamamos en especial a que se avance con el establecimiento de mecanismos de regulación financiera regional, incluyendo entre otras posibilidades, controles coordinados sobre los flujos de capitales, la implementación de sistemas equitativos de tributación y el cierre de los paraísos fiscales. Es urgente protegernos de la volatilidad especulativa de los flujos de capitales, que afecta a la economía en su conjunto, y avanzar en la adopción de impuestos a las transacciones financieras en favor de la región.

7. Asimismo, llamamos con particular urgencia a que se realicen auditorías integrales y participativas de los reclamos de deuda que enfrentan nuestros países, de manera coordinada regionalmente, para avanzar además en la concreción de estrategias de acción colectiva para poner fin a las presiones, los cobros y la impunidad de quienes, incluyendo a los fondos buitres, se proclamen acreedores con reclamos ilegítimos e injustos. Sobre esa base es necesario además, iniciar caminos de restitución y de reparaciones. Esta auditoría y control público y parlamentario sobre los movimientos de capitales y los procesos de endeudamiento debería extenderse también hacia el presente y futuro, abarcando las deudas sociales, históricas y ambientales relacionadas.

8. Expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación ante el avance continuo de los megaproyectos de infraestructura y el apoyo a las agroindustrias y proyectos extractivistas altamente contaminantes social y ambientalmente. Llamamos a los Ministros de Finanzas y Presidentes de Bancos Centrales a establecer una moratoria sobre estas inversiones y al Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas a iniciar un proceso de estudio estratégico en torno a las alternativas necesarias.

9. Llamamos a los señores Ministros y Presidentes de Bancos Centrales a coordinar acciones en los diversos organismos e instituciones internacionales tanto financieros como comerciales y de otro índole, que tienen un impacto notorio en las condiciones político-económicas que enfrentan los países de la región, y a coordinarse solidariamente con los derechos y necesidades de los demás pueblos y estados del Sur. Resulta imprescindible avanzar, en común, por ejemplo, en el camino ya abierto por países miembros de la UNASUR, hacia una moratoria en la firma de nuevos acuerdos y la denuncia de los tratados y regímenes de libre comercio e inversión, así como también de la cesión de jurisdicción en caso de conflictos. En especial, es necesario que los países de la región abandonen su participación en el CIADI, organismo anti-democrático y dependiente del Banco Mundial. Debemos seguir pensando en el fortalecimiento y la construcción de mecanismos soberanos o eventualmente regionales o internacionales, no parcializados hacia la inversión y las transnacionales.

10. Entendemos que también es urgente, vista la recurrente experiencia histórica, que los países de la región introduzcan inmediatamente, antes que sea demasiado tarde, firmes medidas comunes contra la burbuja especulativa en los mercados de productos primarios como así también contra la ampliación de los nuevos mercados de clima y biodiversidad, teniendo presente que los crímenes del hambre y del saqueo y colonización ecológica son prevenibles y deben ser sancionados a todos niveles. Llamamos a poner coto a las diversas corrientes especulativas y de vaciamiento que conllevan, hoy, a revaluaciones monetarias y una mayor inflación que golpea, en particular, a los sectores más desprotegidos, y que de no revertirse la tendencia, pueden devenir en corridas cambiarias, dilapidación de reservas, ajustes regresivos y vaciamiento de ahorros regionales con consecuencias irreversibles para los pueblos y el planeta.

11. Resaltamos la importancia de que la integración regional abra para todos los pueblos de la región y, en especial para las mujeres, los pueblos originarios, los y las afrodescendientes y otras poblaciones históricamente oprimidas, un horizonte de dignidad e igualdad, superando las dominaciones y la explotación y revirtiendo las asimetrías construidas entre países y pueblos. En ese mismo sentido, llamamos a este Consejo Suramericano de Economía y Finanzas y al conjunto de la UNASUR, a obrar decididamente a favor de la consolidación de nuevas relaciones de solidaridad y cooperación entre todos los países del Sur, manteniendo como eje de las políticas adoptadas la plena vigencia de los derechos humanos y de la naturaleza, la soberanía y la autodeterminación de los pueblos. En especial, y ante el enorme drama del pueblo hermano de Haití y la notoria mora de la prometida cooperación internacional luego del terremoto de enero de 2010, llamamos a los países de UNASUR a que elaboren un programa más enérgico de cooperación común, revirtiendo la larga e inexplicable ocupación militar y concentrando el apoyo en la reconstrucción productiva y social y la defensa irrestricta de los derechos humanos, ponderando las enormes potencialidades de integración y la complementación regional.

Con la sincera expectativa que estas opiniones y propuestas sean consideradas positivamente, hacemos propicia la oportunidad para saludar a Uds. muy atentamente.

PRIMERAS FIRMAS:

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Premio Nobel de la Paz – Nora Cortiñas y Mirta Baravalle, Madres de Plaza de Mayo Línea Fundadora

Regionales: Jubileo Sur/Américas – Alianza Social Continental ASC – Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe ATALC – Cadtm/AYNA – Confederación Sindical de las Américas CSA – Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América ESNA – Convergencia de Movimientos de los Pueblos de las Américas COMPA – Federación Luterana Mundial/Programa de Deuda Ilegítima – Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales – Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina – Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres/ Américas Comisión de Justicia y Paz Misioneros Claretianos (Argentina – Chile – Paraguay – Uruguay, Fernando Guzmán, Coordinador Regional) Latindadd – GRAIN – Grupo de Estudios sobre América Latina y el Caribe GEAL

Argentina: Diálogo 2000/Jubileo Sur – Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina CTA – ATTAC – Asamblea Permanente de los Derechos Humanos APDH – Fundación Servicio Paz y Justicia SERPAJ – Movimiento Libres del Sur – Federación Judicial Argentina FJA – Espacio Ecuménico – Movimiento Ecuménico de Derechos Humanos MEDHAl Dorso Programa Radial sobre la Deuda – Asociación de DDHH de Cañada de Gómez, Pcia. Santa Fe – Programa Argentina Sustentable – Comisión Política de la Iglesia Dimensión de Fe – Instituto de Relaciones Ecuménicas – Iglesia Evangélica Metodista Argentina IEMA – Pastoral Popular, Iglesia Metodista Bolivia: Fundación ARAKUAARENDA Brasil: Rede Jubileu Sul BrasilRede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais Instituto Políticas Alternativas para el Cono Sur (PACS) – Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos – Instituto Mais Democracia Associação Central do Brasil (Lausanne, Suiza) – Rede Brasil por la Integración de los Pueblos REBRIP – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Desempregados Chile: Capítulo Chile de la Alianza Social Continental Colectivo Viento Sur – Programa Chile Sustentable – Ecoceanos – Fundación Terram – CEH AnoVio (Gonzalo González Ibáñez, Co-Director) – Asamblea Ciudadana Autoconvocados Colombia: Campaña Colombiana “En Deuda con los Derechos” – Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Sociales Afrocolombianas (CEISAFROCOL) – Comité por la Anulación de la Deuda del Tercer Mundo “CADTM” capítulo Colombia – Corporación Mujeres y Economía – Federación Nacional de Empleados Bancarios, Aseguradoras y empresas afines de Colombia “FENASIBANCOL” – Marcha Mundial de Mujeres Colombia – Unión Nacional de Empleados Bancarios “UNEB” Ecuador: Grupo Nacional de Deuda – Jubileo 2000 Red Guayaquil – Pueblo Montubio del Ecuador Oswaldo Mosquera Zambrano, Presidente Nacional Paraguay: Cordinadora Nacional por la Integracion y la Soberania Energetica, CONISE Venezuela: Acción Ecuménica de Venezuela – Red Venezolana Contra la Deuda – Movimiento Unido Socialista Haitiano Venezolano por el ALBA, MOUSHVA El Salvador: Red de Acción Ciudadana frente al Libre Comercio e Inversiones Sinti Techán – Unión Nacional de Ecologistas Salvadoreños UNES – Campaña Mesoamericana de Justicia Climática Haití: Plateforme Haitiënne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif PAPDA Honduras: Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, COPINH – Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH – Movimiento Insurreccional Autónomo – Comité de Familiares de Desaparecidos de Honduras, COFADEH (Berta Oliva, Presidenta) México: Jubileo Sur México – Marea Creciente México – Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Represas MAPDER – Otros Mundos AC/Chiapas – Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio RMALC – Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)Alianza Mexicana por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos AMAP – Grupo Cultural Floricanto, Eduardo Lucio Molina y Vedia Nicaragua: Movimiento Social Nicaragüense Panamá: Colectivo Voces Ecológicas Trinidad y Tobago: Federacion de Sindicatos y ONGs Independientes FITUN