Cuba ready to host Anti-FTA Meeting

Dozens of trade union leaders and social activists from Latin America, the United States and Europe have arrived in Havana to participate in the 7th Hemispheric Meeting against Free Trade Agreements (FTA).

Sources from the Organizing Committee told reporters that everything is ready to hold the meeting, scheduled from April 9-11 and to be attended by more than 500 delegates.
The meeting will be attended by activists who have taken part in previous meetings against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

During the working sessions, participants will take concrete actions against neoliberal globalization.

Cuban economist Osvaldo Martinez, chairman of the Parliament's Economic Affairs Committee, announced that the meeting will condemn "free trade tactics".

FTAs have been criticized for being versions of the FTAA, promoted by the United States since the early 1990s, a model that "has failed and has been consigned to oblivion," Martinez noted.