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The highlights of the Trans-Pacific Partnership e-commerce chapter
The E-commerce chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sets rules that, if ratified, will shape the development of the digital economy for years to come.
Critic: TPP deal has ‘exclusions up the wazoo’
The exceptions, laid out in multiple annexes and embedded in various chapters of the 1,000-page-plus Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, range from obscure provisions to controversial measures
Reach of TPP’s SOE disciplines limited by definition, scope, exceptions
The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement reveals that the parties have agreed on groundbreaking new rules aimed at preventing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from harming privately owned firms
TTIP offers would eliminate 87.5 percent of tariffs on entry into force
The tariff offers tabled by the United States and European Union during the 11th Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) round both eliminate duties on 87.5 percent of tariff lines immediately upon entry into force of the agreement
Switzerland’s largest city declares “Tisa-Free Zone”
Zurich joins a growing number of Swiss cities, including Lausanne and Geneva, to declare themselves TISA-free.
UAE firms sue India, desi co for Rs 5 lakh cr over Mumbai plots
Two UAE firms are claiming Rs 5 lakh crore ($85billion) as compensation, perhaps the highest arbitration demand in India’s history.
TPP caves to the tobacco industry, threatens public health
The vacuous “tobacco control” provision in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) virtually capitulates to the demands of multinational tobacco corporations, jeopardizing nations’ health and economic welfare.
Secret TPP text unveiled: it’s worse than we thought
Long-awaited text reveals gaps between Administration claims and actual TPP terms on key public concerns
TPP on registration of drugs, bans requirements to disclose or consider certain financial or pricing data
There is a paucity of information on drug prices, revenues and other relative information on the economics of the pharmaceutical market.
Release of the full TPP text after five years of secrecy confirms threats to users’ rights
Some of the more dangerous threats to the public’s rights to free expression, access to knowledge, and privacy online are contained in the copyright provisions in the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter
The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound
What have governments learned from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or I could do the same job with one word: nothing.
Ten years after the defeat of the free trade area of the Americas (FTAA) – lessons for current struggles
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the FTAA. What can we learn from that victory and the subsequent corporate counter-offensive in Latin America for our current global struggles against free trade and corporate power?
TPP text shows some impacts from community campaigns, but still favours corporate rights over citizens and communities
Preliminary analysis of the thousands of pages of the main chapters of the TPP text show there are still devils in the detail on medicine monopolies, investor rights to sue governments and copyright monopolies.
Japan, five TPP partners agree to review terms after seven years
Japan has agreed with five of the 12 nations involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative to launch talks, if requested, on their terms of agreement seven years after the pact’s ratification
Despite assurances to contrary, intellectual property covered asset for TPP ISDS mechanism
Despite assurances from the contrary by Australia and USTR, intellectual property is a covered asset subject to Investor State Dispute Settlement
Details of Trans-Pacific Partnership text finally released
The final text of a huge 12-country trade agreement has confirmed the "worst nightmares" of environmental groups, with no mention of climate change in its lone environment chapter and weak enforcement mechanisms
TISA parties plan four rounds by July 2016 to advance priority annexes
The participants in the Trade In Services Agreements (TISA) have agreed to hold four more rounds of negotiations between November and mid-July 2016
Will the Trans Pacific Partnership have an impact on Indian pharma industry?
Implications of the TPP on the Indian pharma industry might not be entirely clear yet. But there is a need for India to engage in the debate of trade deals and public interest.
Abim, NGOs file suit to stop Putrajaya from signing TPPA
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) and two other Malay non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have filed for a judicial review to stop Putrajaya from signing the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
Dissents matter
Ecuador has been partially relieved of its debt to Occidental, which constitutes a pretty legalistic and conservative application of property rights by a state appointee dissenter.