„They say WTO! We Say Hell No!” This is just one of the slogans under which civil society organisations are protesting the upcoming 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali. Migrant organizations will play a major part in these events which will take place roughly from December 1 to 8. They pretty much share the same view that the WTO negotiations and the proposed – yet uncertain – Bali package on trade facilitations favours Transnational Corporations and will only provide declarations and empty promises for developing countries. But as with all the global migration events there will be two parallel gatherings, thus adding another chapter to
The “tale of two tactics” I identified for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). https://gfmd2010.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/out-now-my-book-chapter-a-tale-of-two-tactics-civil-society-and-competing-visions-of-global-migration-governance-from-below/
There seems to be less of an “inside-outside” and “outsider by choice”-divide this time around (see here: http://www.asienkunde.de/content/zeitschrift_asien/archiv/pdf/111_rother.pdf) , but still the “EndWTO Bali Week of Action” will also organize activities inside the WTO Ministerial NGO Centre in Nusa Dua, Bali while the Peoples’ Global Camp (PGC) seems to concentrate on outside action alone.
To make things a bit more confusingm the PGC is not related to the Peoples’ Global Action (PGA) that organizes around the GFMD and the UN but rather shares participating organisations with the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR), i.e. the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) etc. The EndWTO meeting, on the other hand, brings together many PGA organizers like the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) etc.
So,what will happen outside the WTO in the next 8 days? The PGC will convene in the Ngurah Rai Sports Center, Denpasar and organize a Global People’s Parade, a Global People’s Plenary, a March and a Conference. Self-Organized side events focus on landgrabbing, a feminist perspective, Indigenous Peoples – and a “Speakout of Migrants and Advocates against WTO and Neoliberal Globalization” organized by APMM, ATKI Indonesia and affiliates. Just when you thought “no more acronyms, please!” let me tell you that the main organizer of the events is the IPA, i.e. the Indonesian Peoples Alliance – A Movement for Sovereignty and Trade To Serve The Peoples.
The main organizers of the EndWTO week of action, on the other hand, are Gerak Lawan (People’s Movement against Neocolonialism and Imperialism), SMAA -Campesina International. Among the events is a Youth Food Movement Caravan that departed Jakarta for Bali in November 25 and should arrive here tomorrow. There also will be workhops, demonstrations, a Women’s Assembly and a “Peoples’ Tribunal” which will take place on December 4.
I have just arrived in Bali and have located myself – hopefully – strategically between the WTO venue in Nusa Dua and Denpasar. I am accredited for the WTO including the Bali Trade and Development Symposium and the Bali Business Forum but will very likely spent more time at the civil society meetings. My colleague Angela Geck might provide more reports from inside the WTO – if you have not done so yet, check out her guest editorial on the Ministerial conference here: