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Round 12: Dallas

Wednesday May 16 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Today, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue outside Dallas, Texas as representatives from the nine TPP countries meet for the 12th round of talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement. Groups scheduled to meet include market access, rules of origin, environment, financial services, non-clearing members, legal issues, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and government procurement. Chief negotiators are also scheduled to meet. Today marks the formal conclusion of round 12, even though some individual groups will continue to negotiate through Friday. A readout of the 12th round of TPP talks will be released from USTR later today.


Tuesday May 15 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Today, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue outside Dallas, Texas as representatives from the nine TPP countries meet for the 12th round of talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement. Groups scheduled to meet include market access, rules of origin, environment, financial services, intellectual property, non-conforming measures, legal issues, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and government procurement. Chief negotiators are also scheduled to meet.


Monday May 14 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Today, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue outside Dallas, Texas as representatives from the nine TPP countries meet for the 12th round of talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement. Groups scheduled to meet include market access, rules of origin, environment, financial services, intellectual property, temporary entry, legal issues, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and competition. Chief negotiators are also scheduled to meet.

Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Negotiators for the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries continue to meet outside Dallas, Texas for the 12th round of talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement. On Saturday, negotiating groups covering labor, competition, investment, technical barriers to trade, e-commerce, and trade capacity building took part in negotiations. Chief negotiators also held meetings, and countries met bilaterally to discuss market access issues. For part of the day, negotiators broke from meetings to participate in a Direct Stakeholder Engagement Event. Negotiators and stakeholders held face to face conversations about issues of interest and concern, and participants from both groups responded positively to the format and the opportunity for substantive dialogue. Several dozen stakeholder organizations took part, including representatives from non-governmental organizations, academia, business and industry groups.

Today, groups scheduled to meet include textiles, capacity building, intellectual property, e-commerce, legal issues, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and competition. Chief negotiators are also scheduled to meet. In addition, USTR Chief Negotiator Barbara Weisel will give a briefing session to stakeholders, a background briefing to credentialed press, and participate in a background telephone call for journalists unable to attend on-site events.


Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Chief negotiators for the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries continue to meet outside Dallas, Texas for the 12th round of talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement. Yesterday, sector-specific negotiating groups from services, textiles, labor, customs, horizontal and crosscutting issues, trade remedies, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property, e-commerce, and legal issues held meetings. Bilateral groups also held meetings to discuss market access issues. Two stakeholder events took place, including a negotiators’ luncheon entitled “Copyright Enforcement: Perspectives of Citizens, Libraries, and Internet Companies” hosted by Public Knowledge, and a panel on Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Innovation, hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. In the evening, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk gave remarks at a Trans-Pacific Partnership Coalition welcoming reception attended by stakeholders and negotiators. Mayor Todd Meier of the City of Addison introduced Ambassador Kirk.

Today stakeholders will have the opportunity to speak with negotiators face to face at a Direct Stakeholder Engagement Event. (Watch www.ustr.gov and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for reports on this event.) Negotiating groups will break for the four-hour event, so that they may engage in substantive conversations with stakeholders about various issues of interest and concern.

Negotiating groups scheduled to meet today are labor, competition, investment, TBT, e-commerce, and trade capacity building.


Friday May 11 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Negotiating groups from services, textiles, labor, customs, horizontal and crosscutting issues, trade remedies, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property, e-commerce, and legal issues held meetings. Bilateral groups also held meetings to discuss market access issues. Two stakeholder events took place, including a negotiators’ luncheon entitled “Copyright Enforcement: Perspectives of Citizens, Libraries, and Internet Companies” hosted by Public Knowledge, and a panel on Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Innovation, hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. In the evening, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk gave remarks at a Trans-Pacific Partnership Coalition welcoming reception attended by stakeholders and negotiators. Mayor Todd Meier of the City of Addison introduced Ambassador Kirk. 


Thursday, May 10 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Dallas, Texas

Sector-specific negotiating groups meeting today included services, customs, horizontal issues, intellectual property rights, telecommunications, technical barriers to trade, labor, trade remedies, investment, and legal issues. Stakeholder groups on-site at the TPP talks held a roundtable on small and medium-sized enterprises and also shared their views on how the TPP should treat intellectual property rights. In addition, the Dallas-Fort Worth World Affairs Council held a session on access to medicines led by Franklin Cudjoe, the founding director of IMANI, a Ghanaian think tank.