Organization profile published 1976

Publisher:  GATT-Fly, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1976  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX91

A project to assist Canadian Churches in their mission for world justice by advocating alternative economic policies.

Abstract:  GATT-fly is a project sponsored by the Canadian Churches (Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, United and the Canadian Council of Churches and Baptists) to assist the churches in their prophetic mission for world justice by advocating alternative economic policies. It is an ongoing effort aimed at re-orienting Canadian policy towards the achievement of a just economic order. The name GATT-fly is a take-off on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), an international trade treaty instituted by the industrialized countries to reduce trade barriers and enlarge world markets. GATT-fly judges these treaties as having little regard for two-thirds of the world's poor and suggests a focus on trade and economic issues that places aid as secondary to the need for structural changes in the world economic system.
GATT-fly believes an alternative must be found:
- to the growing concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few multinationals;
- to export oriented agriculture serving the luxury consumption of the rich, mal-distribution of wealth, means of production, speculation and profiteering.
- to the notion that development can be achieved by aid, investment and loans, which in reality lead to greater dependence.
- to the trend towards higher export prices of industrial goods and commodities produced by the developed countries and lower prices for primary commodities and manufactures produced by Third World Countries.

GATT-fly is committed to participation in this struggle on the side of the oppressed through:
RESEARCH - identifying specific issues of trade and economic policies
-monitoring closely Canadian and foreign positions
-compiling data on Third World interests
-developing tools of analysis

POLITICAL ACTION - to make the voice of the Third World audible among the choruses from Canadian and international business concerns on specific issues
-enabling Canadian citizens to express their solidarity with the struggles of Third World peoples.

EDUCATION - of volunteers through the process of action and reflection
-of the Church constituency by providing information about political and economic affairs for educational programs in co-operation with the Churches and inter-church agencies
-of Canadian people in co-operation with other groups to assist them in understanding the human implications of our governmental and corporate decisions.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1976.
See also CX2792, CX2485.

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