Round 14: Leesburg
Thursday, September 6 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
No update today.
Friday, September 7 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
The 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks continued in Leesburg, Virginia, today. Negotiating groups meeting for the second day in a row discussed technical barriers to trade, rules of origin, non-conforming measures, e-commerce, and legal issues; the labor negotiating group and the competition negotiating group began their meetings today.
Negotiators will work through the weekend. Beginning meetings tomorrow will be the groups dedicated to intellectual property rights issues and cross-border trade in services.
Saturday, September 8 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
The 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks is continuing in Leesburg, Virginia, today. Negotiating groups are meeting to discuss technical barriers to trade, rules of origin, labor, cross-border trade in services, e-commerce, competition, intellectual property rights issues, and legal issues. Groups negotiating environmental provisions, telecommunications ,trade remedies, and investment will begin meeting tomorrow, as will chief negotiators from the nine TPP partner countries currently in talks. Bilateral meetings to discuss market access issues will be occurring throughout the coming week.
On Sunday, September 9, negotiations will break at midday to allow negotiators to engage stakeholders who have accepted the invitation of the U.S. government to be on-site at the talks here in Virginia. Altogether, more than 450 stakeholders representing nearly 250 organizations have registered; this represents significant growth since the United States began inviting stakeholders to be on-site at the talks.
More than 90 organizations are choosing to speak with negotiators one-on-one or in small groups in presentation spaces at a three-hour direct engagement event between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday; 60 stakeholders are choosing to make brief lecture-style presentations to negotiators during this time. USTR is hosting four rooms for lecture presentations to accommodate those who wish to make them. Per earlier email announcements, all stakeholder engagement events are open to press who have pre-registered for a TPP Round 14 credential.
Sunday’s participants in the direct engagement event are expected to be as follows:
American Automotive Policy Council
Action on Smoking and Health
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Chemistry Council
American Civil Liberties Union
American Jobs Alliance
American Medical Student Association
American University, Washington College of Law
Arent Fox/Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association
Association of American Publishers
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Business Software Alliance
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Cattle Council of Australia
Center for Democracy & Technology
Citizens Trade Campaign
Communication Workers of America
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Elon University School of Law
Emergency Committee for American Trade
Express Association of America
Friends of the Earth
Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Information Technology Industry Council
Innovarte Universidad Mayor
Institute for Policy Innovation
Intel Corporation/Global Public Policy
International Intellectual Property Alliance
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Dairy Food Association
International Labor Rights Forum
Knowledge Ecology International
Los Alamos Technical Associates/Virginia District Export Council
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
Motion Picture Association of America
MSF/Doctors Without Borders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices
National Council of Textile Organizations
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Family Farm Coalition
National Milk Producers Federation / U.S. Dairy Export Council
National Oilseed Processors Association
New Balance Athletic Shoe
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Northeastern University School of Law
ONG Derechos Digitales
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
Penn United Technologies
Peruvians in Action, New York
PLATTS / McGraw-Hill
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Public Citizen – Global Trade Watch
Semiconductor Industry Association
Software & Information Industry Association
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Third World Network
Thorsen French Advocacy/International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Council for International Business
U.S. Lumber Coalition
U.S. – ASEAN Business Council
Verizon / CWA Local 2300 (May merge with CWA table)
Wiley Rein LLP
World Wildlife Fund
Sunday, September 9 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
On Sunday, September 9th, USTR welcomed hundreds of stakeholders to the 14th Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia. Stakeholders and staff members from 11 congressional offices engaged with negotiators from the 9 TPP member countries in direct discussions and through lecture-style presentations, and then gathered for a briefing from chief negotiators of the TPP member countries. A full report on today’s events will be posted on http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/blog/2012/september/ - but here’s an overview:
More than 450 stakeholders representing nearly 250 organizations registered to be on-site during the TPP round, and more than 150 of those signed up to host a table or give a talk at today’s three-hour engagement events. Participating organizations included the National Association of Manufacturers, Public Citizen, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Public Knowledge, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the National Pork Producers Council, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cato Institute, and labor organizations from the Communications Workers of America to the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) – a full list of registrants can be found here.
At the subsequent stakeholder briefing, U.S. Chief Negotiator Barbara Weisel provided a brief overview on the status of the negotiations and opened the floor to questions on issues ranging from transparency, investment policies, access to medicines, tariffs and the environment.
Negotiations were halted during the stakeholder events to ensure that negotiators from all nine TPP countries could attend. Negotiating groups meeting at other times today were environment, rules of origin, labor, intellectual property rights, cross-border trade in services, telecomm, trade remedies, investment, and technical barriers to trade; bilateral meetings on market access issues also continued today.
Additional groups meeting tomorrow will focus on textiles and legal issues.
Monday, September 10 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
The 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks is continuing in Leesburg, Virginia. Negotiating groups meeting on Monday, September 10 were the environment, textiles, trade remedies, labor, intellectual property rights, services, telecommunications, legal issues, and investment groups, as well as chief negotiators from the nine TPP countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
Tuesday, September 11 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
Meeting on Tuesday, September 11, were the environment, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, rules of origin and market access, labor, intellectual property rights, financial services and non-conforming measures, telecommunications, legal issues, and investment groups, as well as chief negotiators. Bilateral meetings to discuss market access are continuing today as well.
Wednesday, September 12 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
The 14th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks continues in Leesburg, Virginia. Negotiating groups meeting on Wednesday, September 12 were the environment, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, textiles and rules of origin and customs, market access, labor, financial services and non-conforming measures, telecommunications, legal issues, and investment groups, as well as chief negotiators from from the nine TPP countries.
Thursday, September 13 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
Meeting today, September 13, will be negotiating groups discussing temporary entry, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, customs, market access, intellectual property rights, financial services and non-conforming measures, government procurement, legal issues, and investment, as well as the chief negotiators. Various bilateral meetings are also continuing throughout the week.
Friday, September 14 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia
Saturday, September 15 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Leesburg, Virginia