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Tackling trans-Pacific trade
With a third round of negotiations scheduled to be held in Brunei in October, the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) still faces ambiguity in promoting its intentions.
Treaty negotiators turn to “ACTA lite” in hopes of closure
Everyone you ask this week about the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) tells you that they’re just about to work their way through the new draft version to understand the implications of changes made during the recent negotiation round in Washington, DC. Massive changes to the text have been revealed by yet another leak of the draft treaty text being negotiated by 10 countries and the EU 27 member states.
New Sierra Club / Public Citizen report on fixes to investment in the TPP
Earlier this week, the Sierra Club, Public Citizen, Institute for Policy Studies, Friends of the Earth and Earthjustice released a new report entitled: "Investment rules in trade agreements: Top 10 changes to build a pro-labor, pro-community and pro-environment Trans-Pacific Partnership."
US official confirms commitment to free trade talks
The United States has confirmed its commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement negotiations, with one of its most senior representatives saying enthusiasm is high and likely to rise.
Malaysian cabinet gives green light to join TPP
The Malaysian Cabinet had given the go-ahead to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and it is now up to the member countries of the regional grouping to decide on Malaysia’s entry.
TPPA Campaign: Don’t trade away health, labour, cultural and environmental policies
Thirty Australian unions and community groups have asked the Trade Minister to safeguard the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Australian local content in media, regulation of GE food, regulation of foreign investment and industry policies that support local employment in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
RP eyes participation in free trade deal
The Philippines has expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral free trade deal that involves several economies, including the country’s biggest trading partner, the United States.
RP to forge more free-trade deals
The Philippines is keen on joining the negotiations for the inter-regional economic integration (TPP) as well as starting informal talks with the European Union for a possible bilateral trade pact, the Trade department said.
IFG and allies rally for "New deal or no deal" at TPP talks in SF
International Forum on Globalisation protest at TPP negotiations in San Francisco
US trade official: Ready to draft text for Pacific trade deal
Most important to the Obama administration’s hope of making its first negotiated trade deal a "21st-century" agreement, enough consensus existed on new issues like harmonizing regulations and supply systems to move toward text.
Trade deal must safeguard our sovereignty
A second round of negotiations towards the Transpacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPPTA) is taking place this week in San Francisco. New Zealand is one of eight parties along with the US, Australia, Singapore, Chile, Peru, Brunei and Vietnam, and others may join.
US food giants support free trade deal
Key members of the United States food industry have come out in support of comprehensive free trade deal including New Zealand.
US food giants support free trade deal
Food giants Nestle and Walmart are among 26 signatories to a letter to the US Trade Representative and Department of Agriculture. In it, they warn protecting US special interests in negotiations could cost its exporters free access to other TPP countries’ markets.
Host US under pressure in Asia-Pacific trade talks
Trade negotiators from the United States, Vietnam and six other Asia Pacific nations meet in San Francisco this week for work on a free-trade agreement that US trade officials say could transform the region.
New deal or no deal!
Forum and rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in San Francisco, California, on 14 June 2010
US tries to build consensus for trans-Pacific trade talks
The Obama administration is pressing ahead with trade expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, even as it struggles to build consensus with labor and business groups.
New website launched to promote debate on Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations
A new website, "Trans-Pacific Partnership Digest", has been launched to provide a comprehensive data base of material on the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement involving New Zealand, the US, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The second round of negotiations will take place in San Francisco next week.
The Korea-US FTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
While the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement continues to languish, US President Barack Obama is energetically pursuing a new US trade agreement with Asia — the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
US keen for Malaysia to join trade pact
The United States said Thursday it was keen for Malaysia to enter negotiations on a trans-Pacific trade deal after the two countries shelved talks on a bilateral agreement.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Should Malaysia Join?
In March, the United States Ambassador to Malaysia James Keith indicated that Malaysia should participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement; a new regionalisation project that intends to expand the existing Pacific-4 Free Trade Agreement (P4 FTA).