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Stakeholders, Negotiators Engage in One-on-One Dialogue at Trans-Pacific Partnership Event

05/12/2012 - 8:08pm

Dallas, TX – Today, stakeholders representing a range of interests and policy areas spoke directly with negotiators about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), currently in the twelfth round of negotiations at the Intercontinental Hotel. USTR organized a Direct Stakeholder Engagement Event on-site at the hotel where the TPP talks are underway, to provide a venue for non-governmental organizations, academia, business and industry groups to have substantive conversations with negotiators about their areas of concern.

An NGO stakeholder (right) engages a TPP negotiator

An NGO stakeholder (right) engages a TPP negotiator.

Several dozen organizations participated in the direct engagement event, representing stakeholders in labor, the environment, intellectual property, consumers, textiles and apparel, agriculture and other policy areas.

Among the participants were the AFL-CIO, American University Washington College of Law, the Business Software Alliance, the National Milk Producers Association, the National Oilseed Processors Association, Occupy Dallas, PhRMA, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The open format allowed negotiators representing the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries to discuss areas of concern directly with participants.

One NGO representative said "This format was a big improvement and a useful way to proceed".

Another said "We were glad that many negotiators in our issue area attended, as well as some chiefs (negotiators), and we hope that continues".

Negotiators also responded favorably to the opportunity to sit down and dialogue with stakeholders.

"The opportunity for negotiators to discuss issues one-on-one and in depth was extremely useful,” said USTR Chief Negotiator Barbara Weisel. “This direct engagement with stakeholders with different perspectives on the issues will result in a better agreement."

Stakeholders and negotiators discuss issues of concern.

Stakeholders and negotiators discuss issues of concern.

Stakeholder Event Participants at TPP Round 12

AdvaMed

AFL-CIO, ITUC, MTUC

Alphapharm Pty Limited

American Automotive Policy Council

American University

American University Washington College of Law

Association of American Publishers

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Business Software Alliance

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Citizens Trade Campaign

Coalition for a Prosperous America

Coalition of Service Industries

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Copyright Alliance

Electronic Frontier Foundation

FedEx Express

Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America

Friends of the Earth

Generic Pharmaceutical Association

Global Intellectual Property Center

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Institute for Policy Innovation

International Dairy Foods Association

Internet New Zealand

Knowledge Ecology International

Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission

MFJ International, LLC

Motion Picture Association of America

Mylan

National Council of Textile Organizations

National Foreign Trade Council

National Milk Producers/U.S. Dairy Export

Council

National Oilseed Processors Association

Occupy Dallas

Personal Care Products Council

PhRMA

Property Rights Alliance

Public Citizen, Global Access to Medicines

Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Public Knowledge

Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association

Semiconductor Industry Association

Sierra Club

Software & Information Industry Association

Third World Network

TPP Apparel Coalition

U.S. Business Coalition for the TPP

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association

(VITAS)

Wal-Mart Stores,Inc