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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  • 2-Sep-2015 DIRECON TPP - Chile: Direcon informó avances tras reunión ministerial en Hawai
    Ayer miércoles (19-8), en dependencias de la Dirección de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, DIRECON, se llevó a cabo una nueva reunión del Cuarto Adjunto TPP, con el fin de dar cuenta del estado de situación general de esta negociación.
  • 2-Sep-2015 Flush the TPP The Trans­Pacific Partnership: a neoliberal escalation
    The outcome of such a process, based on what we know so far, is what one might reasonably expect: “a wishlist of the 1%–a worldwide corporate power”.
  • 2-Sep-2015 The Japan Times Poster woman for the war against the U.S.-led TPP
    A Japanese artist takes aim at society’s assumptions about commerce and culture using works rooted in intensive research. This time, her target is the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • 1-Sep-2015 Prensa Rural Los tratados de libre comercio son anti libre comercio
    El libre comercio se predica como el arreglo óptimo para expandir la producción, reducir los costos de ésta y, como tal, reducir los precios del consumo, lo que en el largo plazo incrementaría la igualdad en el ingreso. Todo esto puede ser cierto. Nunca lo sabremos, puesto que nunca de los nuncas hemos conocido un mundo de libre comercio.
  • 1-Sep-2015 OB Rag Disposable people: Obama, the TPP, and the betrayal of human rights
    The neoliberal regime that the TPP perpetuates has not made the world flatter for slaves, it has only made the elites richer and the poor more disposable.
  • 31-Aug-2015 La República Silencio sobre el TPP
    La última ronda de las negociaciones que llevan a cabo 12 países de la cuenca del Pacífico, entre ellos el Perú, para suscribir el Acuerdo de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP por sus siglas en inglés) culminó el 1° de agosto sin un acuerdo definitivo debido al entrampamiento en el tema farmacéutico y el acceso a los mercados agrícolas.
  • 28-Aug-2015 The National Law Review Will China’s currency devaluation complicate the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
    China’s recent currency devaluation has sparked a debate over the inclusion of currency manipulation controls in global trade agreements.
  • 27-Aug-2015 The Detroit News AFL-CIO blasts U.S. on auto trade talks
    The president of the AFL-CIO blasted the Obama administration for not pushing hard enough to protect U.S. auto jobs
  • 26-Aug-2015 AAP TPP set to devour Vietnamese livestock
    TPP members such as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia will undoubtedly swallow the livestock industry in one big gulp, Nguyen Duc Thanh, director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research says, putting the livelihoods of 10 million Vietnamese family farmers at risk.
  • 26-Aug-2015 Medium The Trans-Pacific Partnership: copyright law, the creative industries, and Internet freedom
    A number of chapters of the TPP will affect the creative artists, cultural industries and internet freedom — including intellectual property, investment, and electronic commerce.
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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 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