Discrimination against traditional economies Devalorization of local economies Denial of right to traditional economies to indigenous populations Marginalization of traditional economies Destabilization of indigenous economies Disruption of native trade patterns Prejudicial treatment of local economic systems Marginalization of indigenous groups
What is required is a complete reversal of the emphasis in GATT on maximum trade for its own sake, towards the protection and nurturing of local economies worldwide. Failing that their economies will continue to deteriorate as more of their resources are shifted from meeting their own basic needs to providing ever cheaper exports.
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