The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed free trade and investment agreement which began as an agreement between the four Pacific governments of Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. (This in turn was previously dubbed the P3 until Brunei was incorporated into the negotiating process). The P4, as it was then known was signed on 3 June 2005 and came into force on 1 January 2006 as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership.

In September 2008, the US Trade Representative announced that the US would negotiate entry into the P4 agreement, tentatively starting in March 2009. In November 2008, the governments of Australia, Peru and Vietnam announced their inclusion as well. Malaysia, Mexico, and Canada joined negotiations in 2010, while Japan joined in 2013 .

There have been mobilizations in several countries against the agreement, including in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the US, and Japan, where, in the latter case, resistance to the agreement has been widespread, particularly among farmers. New Zealand campaigners have warned that the US proposal for the TPP’s intellectual property provisions go much further than the WTO TRIPs or the US-Korea FTA threatening Maori culture and traditional knowledge, regulations on genetic modification and access to affordable medicines. Another major concern is the inclusion of investor-state dispute mechanisms within the proposed agreement.

Leaked drafts of the agreement are available here:

last update: August 2015


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  • 6-Oct-2015 RT Qué es el pacto secreto TPP y por qué tiene que preocuparle
    ¿Cuáles serán los efectos del TPP y por qué algunos lo tachan de amenaza?
  • 6-Oct-2015 Resumen Latinoamericano EEUU cierra con el Pacífico el mayor pacto de libre comercio de la historia
    El Acuerdo Estratégico Transpacífico de Cooperación Económica es un tratado de libre comercio multilateral fuertemente promovido por EE.UU. y negociado en secreto entre 12 naciones que bordean el océano Pacífico.
  • 6-Oct-2015 AFTINET Secret Trans - Pacific (TPP) deal lacks detail on medicines, includes corporate rights to sue governments
    The lack of access to details in the text means governments can put a positive spin on the deal, but the devil is in the detail.
  • 6-Oct-2015 Electronic Frontier Fondation Trade officials announce conclusion of TPP—now the real fight begins
    The fact that close to 800 million Internet users’ rights to free expression, privacy, and access to knowledge online hinged upon the outcome of squabbles over trade rules on cars and milk is precisely why digital policy consideration do not belong in trade agreements.
  • 5-Oct-2015 RCN Radio Estados Unidos cierra un acuerdo para el TPP con 11 naciones del Pacífico
    Estados Unidos alcanzó un acuerdo con 11 naciones del Pacífico para el más ambicioso acuerdo comercial jamás alcanzado, que representa el 40 % de la economía mundial.
  • 5-Oct-2015 La Tribune TPP : le Japon et les Etats-Unis confirment la signature d’un large accord
    Les ministres du Commerce de 12 pays du pourtour du Pacifique sont parvenus à un accord sur la création d’un Partenariat transpacifique (TPP).
  • 5-Oct-2015 The Brandon Sun Some highlights of the new 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
    Some highlights of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as described by the Canadian government Monday as it shared details of a deal to create the largest-ever regional trading bloc.
  • 5-Oct-2015 USTR Trans-Pacific Partnership ministers’ statement
    The trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, have successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • 4-Oct-2015 ABC Trans-Pacific Partnership: ’50/50’ chance of trade deal today as negotiators lock horns over medical patent protection
    Australia — along with others such as New Zealand and Chile — has been unwilling to offer more than five years protection for the medicines, because longer terms would increase the cost of state-subsidised medical programs.
  • 4-Oct-2015 WSJ U.S., Australia agree on complicated compromise on biologic drugs
    Countries in the trade bloc would have an alternative of either providing eight years of exclusivity to biologic drugs, or providing five years of so-called data exclusivity plus up to three more years under a regulatory framework in the TPP.
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  • AFTINET TPP campaign site
    Web page on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement maintained by the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
  • Flush the TPP!
    Stop the global corporate coup!
  • Help free the TPP!
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement—which some have come to refer to as "NAFTA on steroids"—could ultimately affect the lives of billions of people worldwide. Neither the public, the press, nor even the US Congress knows the full extent of what’s in the text being negotiated—but corporate lobbyists know what it contains. Help us raise a reward for WikiLeaks should it publish the negotiating text of the TPP!
  • It’s our future
    Website on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for New Zealand
  • Jane Kelsey’s TPP (US-P4+) website
    This site is intended to provide a primary resource for the negotiations of the TPP. It is maintained by Jane Kelsey, an activist and researcher in New Zealand.
  • Moana Nui 2011
    Pua Mohala I Ka Po in collaboration with the International Forum on Globalization presents an international conference on Pacific transitions: "Moana Nui: Pacific peoples, lands and economies", November 9-11, 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign
    An extended P4 Agreement with the US, if it becomes reality, will be a mini-MAI for New Zealand. It must be stopped, at all costs.
  • Occupy TPPA
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a mega-treaty across nine or more countries. If the negotiations succeed they will put a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century. Corporations will gain massive new powers in Australia. Help us stop the TPPA!
  • Stop TPP & TiSA
    Stop TPP & TiSA Petition / Petición contra TPP y TiSA / Pétition contre TPP et TiSA
  • Stop TPP Action
    Japanese alliance website
  • TPP Watch
    TPPWatch is a network of concerned unions, groups and individuals formed to organise and support initiatives to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
  • TPP: What you don’t know will hurt you
    Site run by Public Citizen in the US
  • TPPxBorder
    Cross-border network against the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Digest
    The website, supported by the University of Auckland, aims to provide an easily accessible and comprehensive database of resources for researchers, activists, officials and others to encourage informed debate and critical engagement with the issues arising from the proposed TPP agreement and to influence the negotiations.
  • US-NZ Council TPP page
    Section of the UN-New Zealand Council website dedicated to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations