Understandable, But Does That Make It Wise?
economics | by Edward Hugh | 06 Feb, 2004 at 12:51 PM | comments (25) | trackback (0)
With today's deadline looming larger than ever, the future of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) negotiations between Brazil and the US still seems far from clear. Still separated by a wade of issues, with market access and agriculture at the top of the list, agreement seems as far away as ever. Some measure of the atmosphere might be gained from the attitude of Adhemar Bahadian, the Brazilian co-chair of the negotiating team, who described the FTAA as "a stripper in a cheap cabaret.........At night under the dim lights, she is a goddess............But in the daytime she is something different. Maybe not even a woman.''
The Economist article got a bit of play on the radio this evening, with the comment being that Brazil's growth was more by accident than by anything the government has done. If it was the soya harvest that turned Brazil's tides, it could certainly be claimed that the seeds were planted pre-Lula.
The government comment (not directly to the article, but to the issue) is that there is no "4-year-plan", no "Lula" plan, no "Palocci" plan. There is simply a lot in the works that will take time to bear fruit. I've noted before that there are lots of critics of Lula who are questioning why he doesn't do more with his mandate, but I also have commented that it's tough here - the federal system really only works with consensus, and that ensures gradual change, if change comes at all. Headline grabbing proposals usually grind to a halt in the congress, and come election time, it makes bad politics to have let loose with them very often.
FWIW, the "referendum" that rejected ALCA/FTAA last year was not only "non-binding", it was not an official referendum. Sponsored by a broad coalition of trade-unions, church groups and other anti-ALCA interests, it is little surprise that the result was as profoundly negative as it was. I think it had about 10m participants. Impressive for a coordinated effort, but remember that voting in Brazil is compulsory and any real expression of the Brazilian attitude to ALCA would certainly have been more balanced.
ALCA is tainted by its association with the 800-lb US behaving in its usual weasely way. Brazil has a fair whack of that global anti-US malaise, and cheap shots at the easy US target are crowd-pleasers. Still, no one seems to really doubt the long-term importance of the real-life association with the US economy, and few yet seem particularly optimistic about the payoff of "south-south" trade, or maybe as Lula would have it "G20 trade".Posted by bandiera | February 6, 2004 03:06 PM
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