Short for the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA is a free trade deal between Canada, the US and Mexico that has been in place since 1995. It replaced the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiated between Canada and the US in 1988. NAFTA was intended to:
  • increase trade between the three North American countries,
  • secure access for exporters to a continental market
  • create employment and increase prosperity for all three countries.
NAFTA eliminated tarriffs on the vast majority of goods but left the following issues inresolved:
trucking immigration the environment and agricultural subsidies.

[+] Mixed results after 10 years

[+] Controversy over Chapter 11

free trade, globalization, economic development, FTAA, poverty, inequality, human rights, trade disputes, WTO, market economy, race to the bottom.

Positions on this issue:

[+] Position: Be pragmatic and live with trade irritations in the intrest of good relations with the US.

[+] Lower wages are because of competition with Asia, not because of NAFTA.

[+] Position: scrap nafta, and live with GATT.

[+] Position: forget free trade, and rebuild the social economy.

[+] Position: focus specifically on eliminating chapter 11.

sources and resources

NAFTA - wikipedia
Columbia News - Panelists Discuss NAFTA Benefits 10 Years Later
Official Website of the Free Trade Area of the Americas - (FTAA)
CBC News Indepth - Summit of the Americas 2004
Public Citizen - Nafta at 10 series.
The Zapatista uprising: Ten years later - relationship to NAFTA
US International Trade Administration Nafta 10 years later.