Upcoming event: Africa Rising: Free Trade on the fastest growing continent in the world

World Bank,Namibia 2007.Tuesday, 14 October 2014
12.00 – 14.00
Venue:Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Africa is the world’s fastest growing and most natural-resource rich continent in the world, with the real potential to become the world’s next economic powerhouse. There are, however, still many opportunities that must be seized in order to transform this potential into reality.

With this in mind, the panelists examine the current state of trade in and with Africa – what African states are getting right, what challenges must still be overcome, how African countries can make themselves more competitive and how the Africa Liberal Network plans on spearheading the drive to increase levels of free trade on the continent. Continue reading

Upcoming event: On the path to freedom and prosperity? Launch of the Economic Freedom of the World Report 2014

ReportTuesday, 7 October 2014
12.00-14.00
Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Ballroom, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

Countries whose institutions promote economic freedom enjoy higher investment rates, more rapid economic growth, higher income levels, and a more rapid reduction in poverty rates. Open markets allow nations to specialize in the production of goods that they have a comparative advantage in, resulting in welfare gains for all involved parties. Only if property rights are secured, countries can attract foreign investment they need to diversify and develop their economies. All in all, the preservation and expansion of the liberal trade regime is necessary to ensure rising living standards in all parts of the world. Hence, monitoring the development of economic institutions and conditions worldwide is of vital importance.

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Upcoming Event: “Promoting Sustainability through Free Trade – Deliberations on the future Association Agreement European Union and Mercosur”

foto mercosur

Wednesday, 14 May 2014
12.30 – 14.00 h

After years of discussions it seems that the time has come for a bi-regionalAssociation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur. To the surprise of many, Mercosur has finalized a joint list of commercial offers for the EU, including the complete elimination of import tariffs for 87% of all products bought from the European bloc. And there will be no different speeds under which tariff reductions will enter into effect. Both regions are on track to exchange market access offers in the foreseeable future. Brazilian and European private sectors support this agreement which will boost trade and investments between the two regions.

Recognizing the link between free trade and sustainable development, the inclusion of environmental issues in the trade negotiation agenda is essential.

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Will the US – EU free trade deal fly?

Source: Lawrence Jackson, wikipedia
Source: Lawrence Jackson, wikipedia

In the framework of a study visit to Washington D.C., the regional office European Institutions and North America of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom gained more insight into the negotiation process for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). During a meeting in the House of Representatives, Geoffrey Antell, Trade Counsel to the Committee on Ways & Means of the U.S. House of Representatives and advisor to the Republican Members and staff on trade issues, gave some insight into the US American perspective.

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Obama’s second 100 days in office: Standing still or moving forward?

Now that the pressure of reelection has been taken off of Obama’s shoulders, the whole nation and the world try to identify if US domestic and foreign policies are changing. Have the first 100 days of the second term inaugurated a set of new priorities and trends? Can the aspired energy independence of the US be achieved and how will this affect the President’s foreign policy? What are Obama’s next steps in immigration reform? And will Obama be remembered as the President under whom the EU-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented and the transatlantic relationship strengthened?

IMG_5930To answer these questions, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Brussels office, in collaboration with the Transatlantic Institute, gathered experts on domestic, foreign and trade policy on 23 of April. Continue reading