The U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, will have a negotiating session in New Orleans, Louisiana between Monday, July 28 and Thursday, August 1st.
CAFTA is an expansion of NAFTA to Costa Rica, as well as a broadening of influence of trade agreements to interfere with a wider range of social policy. This includes agriculture and biotechnology, intellectual property rights and the right to affordable medicines, privatization of public services, and the right of foreign corporations to sue governments over health, safety, labor or environmental regulations.
The following is a breakdown of how CAFTA could affect Louisiana and how Louisiana is a strategic region for advancing (or arresting) corporate globalization. [ read more