We welcome you to our informational site about the Multilateral Agreement on Investments that is in the final stages of negotiation.

The Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) is the result of three years of trade negotiations within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  MAI is a trade regime designed to eliminate nearly all barriers to international trade with the intention of bringing a new era of global prosperity.  The MAI shares the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) goals of liberalizing international trade laws and protecting foreign investments.

The basic provisions of the MAI are:

In the following pages we discuss this controversial document and explore its effects on the globalization of trade, as well as the effect its ratification will have on our environment.

Arguments in Favor of MAI        Arguments Against the MAI
Chart of Arguments For and Against MAI
Middle Ground
Links to Other MAI Sites

This page was written as an assignment in a Campuswide Honors course at the University of California, Irvine; Biology H90: The Science of Biodiversity and Conservation a class instructed by Doctor Peter J. Bryant (pjbryant@uci.edu).  This page was authored by Brian Weatherford and the content was provided by Jason Lam, Kelly Lim, Stan Ng and Brian Weatherford.

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