The charter has made it very clear. If the government wants to enter into an international trade agreement which will have a big impact on society and public well-being, it must reveal the information and organise public hearings for stakeholders before getting approval from parliament.
The key words are transparency and public interest. It is a cause of worry, therefore, that the Pheu Thai Party-led government _ in its eagerness to ink a bilateral trade agreement with the European Union _ is bypassing policy transparency and the public interest by withholding information from the public on how gravely the agreement stands to affect public access to affordable medicine.
In addition, the government is also showing an intention to bypass the mandatory public hearings altogether.
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