Monday, October 17, 2005

Protest Action against WTO & IMF

Next up on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) itinerary is the Ministerial Conference. The sixth ministerial conference (MC6) since the induction of the WTO, the meeting is set to take place in Hong Kong, China from 13th to 18th December.

According to the WTO website, the MC6 is the topmost decision-making body which has to meet every two years. It brings together all members of the WTO. The MC can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements. This explains why poor nations are only getting poorer… The aid is lavished on opulent redundant meetings which draw no significance.


Whilst the members of the WTO doll up for their forth yearly tea session at our expenses, the NGOs have been working really hard. Already the NGOs have congregated and made plans for a successful demonstration.

Enter the
Hong Kong People’s Alliance (HKPA) on WTO. The group has been working actively since 22nd September 2004 to push for a shared theme in demonstration non NGO specific, planned for the MC6.

The HKPA has formed a committee to govern all aspects of the demonstration. Since late February this year, 6 working groups have been formed. The groups are Action and Mobilisation, Documentation, Logistics and Finance, Media and Publicity, Outreach and Program. The names of the groups are pretty much self-explanatory. Makes you want to kick the butts of all existing directors of both the WTO and IMF and hire the HKPA don’t you?

The current program line up for demonstrations in view of MC6 stands like this:
10th Dec – International Human Rights Day
11th Dec – Mobilisation Day and Cultural Event
12th – 17th Dec – Autonomous Organised Civil Society Event
13th Dec – MC6 Opening Plenary
18th Dec – Civil Society Closing Event

Apparently Director-General of the WTO, Pascal Lamy had sat face-to-face to with the NGOs at a roundtable forum yesterday. More updates on that when I get them.

Till then, get off the internet. I’ll see you on the streets.

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