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Round 11: Melbourne

Wednesday, March 7 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Melbourne, Australia
03/07/2012 - 3:15pm

During Wednesday’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating session in Melbourne, Australia, negotiators continued to discuss financial services, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, legal issues, rules of origin, environment, telecommunications, competition, non-conforming measures, government procurement, and intellectual property rights.

Negotiators also began discussions on e-commerce, market access, and customs issues.

In addition to today’s negotiations, TPP chief negotiators from each economy participated in a stakeholder briefing to discuss the status of negotiations. This open forum, hosted by Australia, provided approximately 250 stakeholders an on-site opportunity to discuss issues of interest in the negotiations. The chief negotiators noted that good progress is being made across the negotiating groups.


 

Tuesday, March 6 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Melbourne, Australia
03/06/2012 - 5:01pm

Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement continued on Tuesday in Melbourne, Australia. Negotiators held talks on financial services, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, legal issues, rules of origin, and intellectual property rights.

In addition, negotiators began to discuss issues relating to the environment, telecommunications, competition, non-conforming measures, and government procurement.


Monday, March 5 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Melbourne, Australia
03/05/2012 - 12:11pm

Today, at the 11th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Melbourne, Australia, negotiators focused on legal issues, financial services, temporary entry, regulatory cooperation and trade capacity building, rules of origin, and labor issues.

Negotiators also began discussions on sanitary and phytosanitary measures.


Sunday, March 4 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Melbourne, Australia
03/04/2012 - 3:46pm

Today, the United States and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners concluded a fourth day of talks in Melbourne, Australia. Negotiations focused on financial services, investment, temporary entry, and trade remedies. Negotiators also began discussions on regulatory cooperation and trade capacity building.

In addition to today’s negotiations, Australia, the host for the round of negotiations, provided stakeholders on-site the opportunity to share their views directly to the TPP negotiating teams. Approximately 250 stakeholders from a wide range of industry, civil society, and other groups attended, with at least 38 groups making presentations. The presentation schedule is listed below.

Title

Presenter & Organisation

 

An Indigenous Perspective on the TPPA

Sina Brown-Davis of Ngati Whatua Kaipara descent, Te Ata Tino Toa

 

O fea iai le Pasefeka? (Where is the Pacific?)

Ali’itasi Esther Stewart, Moana Nui

 

Jobs, Decent Work and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Amy Schwebel, ACTU

 

Bill Rosenberg, NZCTU

 

Paul Bastian, AMWU

 

Georgios Altintzis, ITUC

 

Labour Rights

Mr Trung Doan, Committee to Protect Vietnamese Workers

 

Regulations for state owned enterprises

Sean Heather, US Chamber of Commerce

 

SOEs and Privatisation

Professor Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland

 

Exceptions and Carve-outs: Analysis of Past FTAs and BITs / Case Study for the TPPA

Deborah K. Sy, Harrison Institute Georgetown University Law Center

 

At the Crossroads: Are the TPP Negotiations Heading Towards Rhetoric or Reality?

Linda Menghetti, Emergency Committee for American Trade and the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP

 

Investment: priorities for Australian business

Patrick Coleman, Business Council of Australia

 

Lessons for TPP: How past U.S. FTA financial services and investment rules constrain use of capital controls, prudential financial regulation

Lori Wallach, Public Citizen

 

Investment rules and investor state dispute settlement in the TPPA: expropriating the right to delegate?

Dr Patricia Ranald, University of Sydney and Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

 

Sanya Reld Smith, Third World Network

 

Kyla Tienhaara, Australian National University

 

Investment and Services Panel

TBA

 

TBA

 

Investment and trade challenges as a tobacco industry strategy to undermine implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: lessons for the TPPA negotiations

Professor Andrew Mitchell, Melbourne Law School

 

Jonathan Lieberman, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria and Union for International Cancer Control

 

The merits of including public participation within the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Rebecca LaForgia, Senior Lecturer Adelaide University Law School

 

Trade, diets and health - implications for the TPPA

Dr Ann Marie Thow, University of Sydney

 

Professor Sharon Friel, Australian National University

 

Globally Integrated Customs and the TPP: an Industry Perspective

Andrew Jackson, IBM

 

The benefits of services trade reform through the TPP

James Bond, President, Australia Services Roundtable

 

TPP - A World Class Trade Agreement

Russell Scoular, Ford Asia Pacific & Africa

 

Ian Mearns, Ford Australia

 

Agricultural Panel

Charles Mcelhone, National Farmers Federation Australia

 

Robert Pettit, Dairy Australia

 

Andrew McCallum, Meat and Livestock Australia

 

Warren Males, Canegrowers

 

TPP and IUU – Alphabet Fish Soup

Alistair McFarlane, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council

 

Insights into sourcing decisions and how to craft an agreement that successfully promotes apparel sourcing in the TPP region

Stan Raggio, Executive Vice-President for Global Sourcing, Gap Inc.

 

TBA

Leigh Obradovic, Distilled Spirits Industry Association of Australia

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration

Michael Plummer, Eni Professor of International Economics, The John Hopkins University, SAIS-Bologna

Aspects of the TPP that could affect an open Internet

Susan Chalmers, InternetNZ

Technology Sector Priorities for Promoting ICT and Internet Growth

Greg Slater, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Alliance for Network Security (ANS), and Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age:  Balancing IP Interests

Tim Conway, World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)

TBA

Ray Argall, President Australian Directors Guild

US experience of Internet intermediary liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Gwen Hinze, Electronic Frontier Foundation

IP Protection and Enforcement

Gina Vetere, US Chamber of Commerce

TBA

Kaaren Koomen, (TBA)

US proposal for the intellectual property chapter

Professor Sean Flynn, Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington

Issues related to the Intellectual Property provisions of the TPP

Brendan Molloy, Pirate Party

TPPA should promote Access to Knowledge

Krista Cox, Knowledge Ecology International

Ruth Lopert, George Washington University

Ellen Broad, Australian Digital Alliance

Brett Smith, Free Software Foundation

TBA

Kate Lynch, CEO of Generic Medicines Industry Association of Australia (GMiA)

 

Intellectual Property Rights and Pharmaceuticals

Leah Summers, Mylan

 

TBA

 

Jose Luis Cardenas, Asociacion Industrial de Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (ASILFA)

 

Faith Wong, Hovid Bhl

 

Intellectual Property Rights and Pharmaceuticals

Shawn Brown, Generic Pharmaceutical Association of America

 

Martin Cross, Alphapharm

 

Maria Fabiana Jorge, MFJ International

 

TBA

Naomi Pearce, Chair IP Working Group of GMiA

 

Protecting the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the TPPA

Dr Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University

 

Professor Thomas Faunce, College of Law and College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment, Australian National University

 

Public Health in the Asia-Pacific Region

Peter Maybaruk, Public Citizen

 

Mary Assunta, Cancer Council Australia

 

Rob Lake, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

 

Do Dang Dong, Vietnam Network of People Living with HIV

 

Matthew Cleary, Medicines Sans Frontiers, Australia

 

 


Saturday, March 3 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Melbourne, Australia
03/03/2012 - 4:29pm

In Saturday’s session of TPP negotiations in Melbourne, Australia, expert-level negotiations continued on legal issues, investment, technical barriers to trade, rules of origin, intellectual property rights, labor, and horizontal issues.

Tomorrow, on-site stakeholders will be given the opportunity to present their views on the agreement directly to TPP negotiation teams. Approximately 250 stakeholders from Australia, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and the United States will be attending.


Round 11 of TPP Negotiations Begin in Melbourne, Australia
03/02/2012 - 4:23pm

On Friday, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators from the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam continued talks for the 11th round of TPP in Melbourne, Australia. Today’s negotiations focused on horizontal issues, investment, technical barriers to trade, labor, intellectual property rights, rules of origin, and legal issues.

The negotiations began on Thursday, when negotiators covered a broad range of topics including horizontal issues such as investment, technical barriers to trade, labor, intellectual property rights, rules of origin, and legal issues.

The goal of the TPP is to create an ambitious, 21st-century agreement that will enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, promote innovation, economic growth and development, and support the creation and retention of jobs. The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and TPP will help open more markets to American businesses and exports.

Specifically, the TPP will feature new cross-cutting issues not previously included in trade agreements. In addition, the agreement focuses on integrating small- and medium-sized businesses more competitively to regional supply chains. Additional export opportunities for American businesses can help create more job opportunities for American workers, and will help grow the American economy.