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Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

TPP Talk

October meeting of TPP Ministers in Sydney, Australia

8 October 2014

The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, has announced that Australia will host a TPP Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Sydney from 25-27 October 2014.

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Ha Noi meeting of Chief Negotiators (1-10 September 2014, Viet Nam)

8 October 2014

TPP Chief Negotiators and officials met in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 1-10 September.

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Ministers outline Government view on health issues and TPP

31 July 2014

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Trade Minister Tim Groser have recently publicly commented on health issues and the TPP negotiation

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Chief Negotiators’ meeting in Ottawa concludes

14 July 2014

TPP officials met in Ottawa, Canada, from 3-12 July. Discussions covered labour, state-owned enterprises, services, investment, and all areas of market access.

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Minister Groser addresses the Nikkei Forum in Tokyo

26 May 2014

Last week Trade Minister Tim Groser addressed an audience in Japan on TPP and Trade Integration in the Asia-Pacific.

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Statement from Singapore Ministerial meeting

21 May 2014

A joint statement was delivered by Minister Groser during the closing press conference of the TPP Ministerial held in Singapore this week:

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TPP Ministerial 19 – 20 May: Media registration

14 May 2014

A TPP Ministerial meeting will be held in Singapore on 19 – 20 May. 

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TPP briefing in Dunedin

14 April 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be holding a lunchtime stakeholder information session, 12pm on Wednesday 16 April in Dunedin.

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Statement from Singapore Ministerial meeting

26 February 2014

TPP Ministers and Heads of Delegation have released a statement at the conclusion of the 22-25 February Singapore Ministerial meeting

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Media registration for Singapore Ministerial meeting

11 February 2014

A TPP Ministerial will be held in Singapore from 22-25 February at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

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Progress at Singapore Ministerial meeting

11 December 2013

TPP Ministers and Heads of Delegation have released a statement at the conclusion of the four-day Singapore Ministerial meeting

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Chief Negotiators Meeting Concludes in Salt Lake City

29 November 2013

Chief Negotiators have reported making solid progress at the conclusion of the Salt Lake City meetings. 

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Singapore TPP Ministerial Media Invite

22 November 2013

A TPP Ministerial will be held in Singapore from 7 – 10 December at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

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TPP Leaders and Ministers meet in Bali

10 October 2013

Following a three-day meeting of Trade Ministers in Bali, TPP Leaders met on 8 October on the margins of APEC to review progress in the negotiations. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key chaired the meeting of the 12 TPP countries, which are New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam. 

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Minister Groser speaks on TPP in Japan

1 October 2013

Trade Minister Tim Groser addressed the National Press Club of Japan last week on a number of topics, including TPP

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Stephen Jacobi on why we need TPP

17 September 2013

Stephen Jacobi, executive director of the NZ US Council, recently addressed the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs on the “what, why and when” of TPP.

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Round 19 press releases

2 September 2013

Chief Negotiators released the following statement at the conclusion of Round 19 in Brunei.

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Update on the stakeholders' forum for Brunei

20 August 2013

The stakeholder forum will now take place at the Indera Samudera, Empire Hotel and Country Club on 27 August from 8.30am–12pm. Stakeholder presentations will take place from 11am onwards.

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Stakeholder registration for Brunei

9 August 2013

A Stakeholder Forum will take place on Tuesday 27 August at the International Convention Centre in Brunei Darussalam. Please note this date has changed from the originally announced 25 August.

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Round 19 stakeholder forum and press conference

2 August 2013

Round 19 of the TPP negotiations will take place in Brunei Darussalam from 22-30 August.

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Round 18 wrap up

2 August 2013

Round 18 of the negotiation concluded on 25 July in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The round progressed well, with many technical level issues resolved, and differences in some of the more difficult areas narrowed down.

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Stakeholder sessions

17 July 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended our stakeholder information sessions held in early July. New Zealand TPP Chief Negotiator David Walker briefed meetings in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington on TPP’s background, context and progress, as well as fielding questions from the audience.

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Round 18 Stakeholder Registration Open

25 June 2013

Round 18 of the TPP negotiations will take place at Hotel Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from the 15th – 25th of July. A stakeholder forum, briefing and cocktail reception will be held on Saturday the 20th of July to provide stakeholders and the media with the opportunity to hear an update on progress in the negotiations and ask questions.

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Stakeholder information sessions coming up in July

21 June 2013

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be holding stakeholder information sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in early July. These sessions will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to meet with New Zealand’s TPP Chief Negotiator, David Walker, and to hear first-hand an update on the progress to date in key areas of the negotiation. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions about their areas of interest.

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Round 17 wraps up in Lima

29 May 2013

A joint press conference was held on the final day of Round 17 in Lima. Chief negotiators said they had achieved significant progress in the round, particularly in the following areas: SPS, trade remedies, e-commerce, cross-border trade in services, rules of origin and legal and institutional issues.

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Industry groups support Japan joining

26 April 2013

Several industry groups have issued media releases reacting to Japan’s invitation to join the TPP negotiation. These industries have welcomed the participation of Japan, New Zealand’s fourth largest individual trading partner in the negotiations.

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Japan, New Zealand and the wider trade picture

26 April 2013

New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser on Wednesday delivered a speech to the Japan National Press Club that covered the trade relationship between Japan and New Zealand, touched on the potential of TPP, and considered the place of the WTO in trade policy architecture

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Japan welcomed to join the TPP negotiations

22 April 2013

Japan has been welcomed into the TPP negotiation by the existing 11 participants. TPP ministers met in the margins of the APEC Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia and extended the invitation to Japan to join in the negotiation. 

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Stakeholder registration for Round 17

12 April 2013

Round 17 of the TPP negotiations will take place in Lima, Peru from 15 – 24 May. Stakeholder activities will take place on 19 and 20 May and will include a number of events:

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Japan signals interest in joining TPP

18 March 2013

New Zealand has welcomed the 15 March announcement by Japanese Prime Minister Abe of Japan’s interest in joining the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

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Round 16 concludes in Singapore

18 March 2013

Chief negotiators held a press conference on 13 March, marking the conclusion of Round 16 in Singapore. Chief negotiators reported that they had achieved the goal set for the round: to put the negotiations on an accelerated track toward conclusion of a next-generation, comprehensive agreement in the 2013 time frame envisioned by the 11 TPP Leaders.

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Round 16 under way in Singapore

5 March 2013

The 16th round of TPP negotiations started in Singapore on Monday 4 March and runs till Wednesday 13 March.

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Update on Round 16 stakeholder programme

19 February 2013

Stakeholders are now able to make presentations during the stakeholder programme on 6 March at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore. Presentations will occur between 9.30am and 3.30pm, with 15 minutes per presentation. The presentations will run in parallel with the market of tables event (9.30am to 1.30pm).

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Round 16 Press Conference details

8 February 2013

The Round 16 press conference with TPP Chief Negotiators will be held at the Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore on 14 February 2013.

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Round 16 Stakeholder Registration Open

5 February 2013

Round 16 of the TPP negotiations will take place at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore, from 4-13 March 2013. Registration is now open for TPP stakeholders interested to participate in the stakeholder programme to be held on the 6th of March at the negotiating venue. 

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Round 15 concludes in Auckland

12 December 2012

A constructive and busy Round 15 of TPP has just concluded in New Zealand, with further good progress made across the negotiation. 

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New Zealand Delegation receives petition

9 December 2012

The New Zealand Delegation received a global petition from the organisation Avaaz on Saturday 8th December. Professor Jane Kelsey delivered the petition to the New Zealand Deputy Chief Negotiator and TPP Stakeholder Liaison outside the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. The petition was drawn to the attention of Chief Negotiators from all TPP countries.

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The potential benefits of TPP

3 December 2012

The 11 economies negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) are all doing so because they see benefits in a regional free trade agreement.

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Why are negotiations confidential?

3 December 2012

A common element to any international trade process is the need to consider requests that negotiating partners raise. That is not to say that all proposals can be accommodated. In some cases they can’t, at least not without changes that take into account different policy perspectives.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement – a balanced approach

3 December 2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about the extent to which trade agreements limit sovereignty and restrict legitimate government activity, such as the protection of public health or the environment. This criticism has been levelled most strongly at a feature in some trade agreements known as “investor-State dispute settlement” (or ISDS).

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TPP and the Treaty of Waitangi exception

3 December 2012

An important aspect of any Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the exceptions chapter. This chapter sets out a number of exceptions that allow countries to adopt or retain, in certain circumstances, policies measures that are inconsistent with the obligations under an FTA.

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New Zealand welcomes TPP negotiators

30 November 2012

Trade Minister Tim Groser has issued a press release welcoming the start of Round 15 in Auckland next week.

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Auckland round information for media

18 October 2012

Round 15 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations will be hosted by New Zealand at the SkyCity Convention Centre in central Auckland over 3-12 December 2012.

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Auckland stakeholder registration open

17 October 2012

Stakeholder registration for Round 15 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is now open. Round 15 will be hosted by New Zealand at the SkyCity Convention Centre in central Auckland from 3-12 December 2012.

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Canada: Old friends, new opportunities

10 October 2012

Canada has formally joined the TPP negotiations, after the completion of domestic legal procedures by all nine current TPP members.

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Mexico: Unexplored opportunities

10 October 2012

Mexico has formally become a TPP negotiating participant following the completion of the domestic consultation periods of the current nine TPP members.

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Stakeholder information for Auckland round

5 October 2012

As hosts of the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, New Zealand is pleased to announce SkyCity Convention Centre in downtown Auckland as the venue for Round 15 to be held over 3-12 December 2012.

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New Zealand to host TPP Round 15 in December

17 September 2012

New Zealand will host Round 15 of TPP negotiations over the period 3-12 December 2012 in Auckland.

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Stakeholder engagement at Round 14 in Leesburg

14 September 2012

The latest TPP negotiations in Leesburg, near Washington DC, saw the highest level of stakeholder participation in three rounds held in the United States this year.

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TPP Leaders renew commitment to negotiations

12 September 2012

TPP Leaders attending APEC 2012 meetings in Vladivostok have renewed their commitment to the negotiation’s shared goals and acknowledged progress made in the 10 months since their last gathering in Honolulu in November 2011.

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Leesburg stakeholder registration opens

10 August 2012

Interested stakeholders can now register to be part of the stakeholder programme running alongside the 14th Round of TPP negotiations taking place in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Why rules of origin matter

3 August 2012

If a shirt is sewn in Fiji using fabric that was woven in China from New Zealand wool and to New Zealand design specifications, what is the origin of that shirt?

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Important progress in San Diego

2 August 2012

Host of the round United States Chief Negotiator Barbara Weisel has said TPP partners made “important progress” at the 13th round of negotiations in San Diego.

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TPP in the mainstream media

31 July 2012

The New Zealand Herald has run a series of articles to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of TPP.

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Investor State Dispute Settlement comment

26 July 2012

The TPP team has received several enquiries about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the negotiations.

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San Diego stakeholder sessions

10 July 2012

The stakeholder programme at the 13th round of TPP negotiations in San Diego has wrapped up with a reception hosted by the Fair Trade Community.

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Trade Minister on “TPP and New Zealand’s export future”

2 July 2012

Trade Minister Tim Groser last week addressed the annual general meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.

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TPP members welcome Canada

21 June 2012

Current TPP participants have welcomed the addition of Canada as the eleventh negotiating partner.

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Canada to join TPP negotiations

20 June 2012

New Zealand has welcomed the announcement that Canada will join TPP.

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TPP members welcome Mexico

20 June 2012

Current TPP participants have welcomed the addition of Mexico as the tenth negotiating partner.

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Mexico to join TPP negotiations

19 June 2012

New Zealand has welcomed the announcement that Mexico will join TPP. The announcement was made in a media statement issued by New Zealand on behalf of the current nine TPP members.

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Trade Ministers review progress

15 June 2012

Trade Minister Tim Groser met his counterparts from the eight other TPP economies in the margins of the APEC meeting in Kazan, Russia.

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San Diego stakeholder registration opens

6 June 2012

Registration has opened for those stakeholders interested in attending the 13th Round of TPP negotiations taking place in San Diego from 2-10 July 2012.

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“Better than expected” progress in Dallas

5 June 2012

Chief Negotiators described “better than expected” progress, including completion of the first chapter text, at the media conference closing Round 12 of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations from 8-16 May in Dallas.

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Stakeholder engagement in Dallas

18 May 2012

More than 300 stakeholders have participated in events organised by the US hosts at the 12th round of TPP negotiations in Dallas.

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Noteable support for TPP-focussed event

10 May 2012

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs joined other members of parliament, past and present, at the New Zealand United States Council’s 10th Anniversary Conference, which was themed around TPP.

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Dallas stakeholder programme announced

3 May 2012

The full stakeholder programme has been released for the 12th Round of TPP negotiations taking place in Dallas, Texas, from 8-18 May 2012.

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Dallas to host 12th negotiating round

4 April 2012

Registration is now open for stakeholders interested in attending the 12th Round of TPP negotiations taking place in Dallas, Texas, from 8-18 May 2012.

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Talks begin with TPP aspirants

28 March 2012

New Zealand has been visited by representatives of three aspirant countries as part of the TPP membership process.

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Melbourne makes strong headway

19 March 2012

Australia’s Chief Negotiator for TPP said “further strong headway” was made toward concluding a next-generation free trade agreement during the 11th round of negotiations in Melbourne.

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Melbourne stakeholder events wrap up

8 March 2012

The programme of stakeholder events during the 11th round of TPP negotiations in Melbourne wrapped up on 7 March with a briefing from the nine Chief Negotiators.

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NZ stakeholder participation in Melbourne

28 February 2012

Nineteen New Zealanders will take part in the series of stakeholder events during the 11th round of TPP negotiations in Melbourne starting on 1 March.

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Stakeholder input on candidate countries

17 February 2012

New Zealand business and two governments have provided submissions on the expressions of interest from Canada, Japan and Mexico to join TPP.

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Melbourne stakeholder registration opens

1 February 2012

Interested stakeholders and media can now register for the 11th round of TPP negotiations to be held in Melbourne from 1 to 9 March 2012.

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Melbourne stakeholder programme announced

24 January 2012

Several events for registered stakeholders will be held during the 11th round of TPP negotiations at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 1-9 March 2012.

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Canada seeks submissions on TPP

9 January 2012

The Canadian government at the end of December formally sought public submissions on the possible participation of Canada in the TPP negotiations.

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All we want for Christmas

22 December 2011

In our final column for the year, we couldn’t resist highlighting that others share our hopes and dreams for the TPP negotiations.

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New TPP Lead Negotiator

20 December 2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser has announced the appointment of Dr David Walker as New Zealand’s new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Lead Negotiator.

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March round to be held in Melbourne

20 December 2011

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that Melbourne will be the venue for the next full round of TPP negotiations in early March.

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Call for public submissions – Canada, Japan, Mexico

15 December 2011

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting submissions on the expressions of interest from Japan, Mexico and Canada in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

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Momentum maintained in Malaysia

13 December 2011

When TPP Leaders announced in Honolulu that their group of nine countries had reached the broad outlines of an agreement, they also said they had directed their negotiators to finalise the agreement in the coming year. The main business of the TPP mini-round held in Kuala Lumpur from 5 to 9 December was to follow up on this instruction.

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The Economist covers TPP

2 December 2011

The Economist has picked up on the TPP announcements made at the APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

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Singapore helped sow TPP seed

1 December 2011

Singapore and New Zealand are two small, open economies with a shared vision for regional economic integration.

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Viet Nam: Focus on economic integration

30 November 2011

Following its accession to the World Trade Organisation in 2007, Viet Nam has moved quickly to accelerate its integration into the regional and global economy. This has included its participation in the AANZFTA free trade agreement with New Zealand, Australia and the ASEAN nations.

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Content of confidentiality letters

29 November 2011

During the Chicago round in September, TPP negotiators were asked about release of the letters setting out an understanding among TPP countries on the handling of negotiating texts and other documents exchanged in the course of the negotiations.

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TPP by the numbers

25 November 2011

The current TPP membership accounts for a significant share of New Zealand’s trade - and the three countries signalling their interest in joining the negotiations would boost this even further.

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Minister reflects on TPP statements

23 November 2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser has offered some reflections on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation in the wake of recent announcements by TPP Leaders in Honolulu.

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CER: A model for regional economic integration

22 November 2011

Our experience since the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relationship Trade Agreement (CER) was signed in 1983 highlights the significant gains to be made from a 21st century regional trading agreement. Like CER, TPP goes beyond removing issues at the border and to address the broader issues that influence closer integration between economies.

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Malaysia: Adding value to a strong relationship

21 November 2011

When Malaysia joined the TPP negotiations, it reaffirmed a commitment to trade liberalisation already evident in the Malaysia-New Zealand FTA, which entered into force in August 2010.

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Business benefits explored in Lima

18 November 2011

While negotiators were working on the details of the TPP agreement, business people also met in Lima to talk about the commercial opportunities the deal will provide.

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Brunei - small yet significant

17 November 2011

Belying its small size, Brunei Darussalam has played an important role in New Zealand’s trade agenda. Brunei Darussalam has been an active participant in the TPP negotiations from the start.

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Interest in joining TPP widens

14 November 2011

According to reports out of Honolulu, Canada and Mexico have joined Japan in announcing their wish to become part of the TPP negotiation.

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Businesses welcome broad outlines

14 November 2011

Businesses have responded positively to the announcement of the broad outlines of a TPP agreement. The Leaders from TPP economies made the announcement on the margins of the APEC meeting in Honolulu yesterday.

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TPP Leaders announce broad outlines

13 November 2011

The big news from Honolulu today was the announcement by TPP Leaders of the broad outlines of an agreement. The announcement came at the end of a meeting of Leaders from the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, hosted by US President Barack Obama. Deputy Prime Minister Hon Bill English represented New Zealand.

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Japan and TPP

13 November 2011

One of the big points of interest for TPP negotiators this week in Honolulu was the announcement by Japanese Prime Minister Noda that Japan would begin consultations with TPP countries with a view to joining the negotiation.

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Progress made in Lima

4 November 2011

The ninth round of TPP negotiations in Lima achieved good progress and useful work across the negotiating agenda.

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Lima round concludes

31 October 2011

The ninth round of TPP negotiations has concluded in Lima, after nine days of what Peru’s Chief Negotiator described as “serious and intensive” discussions.

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Chief Negotiators brief stakeholders in Lima

28 October 2011

Chief negotiators for the nine TPP countries have provided a special briefing for all stakeholders registered for the ninth negotiating round in Lima, Peru.

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Lima stakeholder forum programme

20 October 2011

The programme for the Stakeholders’ Forum to be held during the ninth TPP negotiating round in Lima has been released.

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TPP team to tune in for All Blacks

17 October 2011

New Zealand’s TPP team is used to intensive preparations before each negotiating round, but for Lima we had an extra task - finding somewhere to watch the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

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US Congress passes three FTAs

14 October 2011

The United States Congress has ratified outstanding free trade agreements between the US and Panama, Colombia, and Korea. All three received bipartisan support.

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US releases pharmaceuticals paper

13 October 2011

During the last TPP round in Chicago, US negotiators released a white paper on pharmaceuticals-related patent issues. Inside the negotiation, the US team also introduced their associated negotiating proposal on this set of issues.

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Data protection for agricultural compounds

12 October 2011

Data protection for agricultural compounds will be examined as part of the intellectual property component of the TPP negotiations.

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TPP embassies meet in Washington DC

10 October 2011

Embassies from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries based in Washington DC meet monthly to share information and coordinate joint activities in support of the TPP negotiations.

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Dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur

3 October 2011

We have written to a United Nations Special Rapporteur in response to claims made about the potential healthcare impacts of the TPP negotiations.

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Environmental cooperation with Chile

3 October 2011

Cooperation on environmental matters is a key plank in the relationship between New Zealand and Chile. It makes sense for us to cooperate in this area because both countries have a lot in common.

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Business opportunities in Peru

23 September 2011

South America’s third largest country, Peru, has a population of 29.4 million, abundant natural resources and a booming economy.

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Lima stakeholder registration opens

23 September 2011

The ninth TPP negotiating round will be held in Lima from 19-28 October 2011. As part of ongoing efforts by TPP participating countries to promote interactions with stakeholders, Peru will host a Stakeholders' Forum on the afternoon of 23 October.

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Contributing to 'green growth'

21 September 2011

New Zealand boasts an excellent record of innovation and the area of environmental technologies, or "clean-tech", is no exception. Part of making sure we get maximum value from our innovation is improving access to other markets for these goods and services.

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Chicago Drives TPP Forward

20 September 2011

The eighth round of TPP negotiations wrapped up in Chicago after 10 days of intensive discussions.The New Zealand team and our partners were focused on the twin goals of negotiating a high-quality, 21st-century TPP outcome and meeting TPP Ministers’ desire for the “broad outlines” of an agreement by APEC in November.

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Stakeholders turn out in large numbers

12 September 2011

Providing a forum for stakeholders from industry and civil society to present views and discuss issues has become a standard feature of TPP negotiating rounds, and interest in Chicago was high.

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Chiefs front for industry and NGOs

12 September 2011

Chief negotiators from the nine countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have delivered a briefing for stakeholders at the eighth negotiating round in Chicago.

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Chicago round is underway

9 September 2011

Several media statements were released at the start of the eighth TPP negotiating round, which got underway in Chicago on 6 September 2011.

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Chicago Stakeholder Programme released

1 September 2011

The full stakeholder programme that will take place in conjunction with the eighth TPP negotiating round in Chicago has been announced.

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FTAs strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary understanding

18 August 2011

New Zealand’s biosecurity and food safety protection is supported by our pursuit of free trade agreements such as TPP.

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Made in the world

17 August 2011

In recent years, business models based on imports and exports of finished products have given way to the emergence of complex supply and value chains, where business processes often take place in multiple locations.

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It's now easier to follow TPP Talk

16 August 2011

In response to multiple requests from readers, we’ve made it possible to sign up so that you know every time a new TPP Talk column is published. To receive a reminder whenever TPP Talk is updated, simply click on the RSS feed icon on the top right-hand of the TPP Talk homepage.

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Radio New Zealand spotlight on TPP

8 August 2011

Radio New Zealand has broadcast an item looking at different perspectives on TPP on its Insight programme.

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Comments on genetic modification

5 August 2011

Some comments have been made this week about genetically modified (GM) organisms and the TPP negotiations. Specifically, GE Free NZ expressed its concerns in a media statement entitled “Compromise of Biosecurity and Brand Too High a Price for TPP".

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NZ business advocates for TPP in Japan

29 July 2011

The trade agenda was a central theme of the 3rd Japan/New Zealand Partnership Forum in Tokyo, with particular focus on the TPP negotiation - both New Zealand's role in it and the debate around potential Japanese participation.

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Chicago stakeholder registration opens

29 July 2011

The Stakeholder Forum to be held during Round 8 of the TPP negotiation will take place on Saturday 10 September.

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Obama seeking framework agreement

25 July 2011

Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House.

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PM talks TPP in Washington

22 July 2011

Prime Minister John Key has talked about the significance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement during his official visit to Washington.

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Round 8 venue announced

21 July 2011

The next TPP negotiating round will be held in Chicago. The negotiating programme runs from 6 to 14 September 2011.

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FTA issues for the digital age

20 July 2011

During the seventh round of TPP negotiations in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, NZRise organised a seminar for delegates from the intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications negotiating groups.

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Government procurement explained

15 July 2011

Government procurement generally refers to purchasing by government bodies from private-sector or third-party providers the goods and services that these bodies need to carry out their public service mission.

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TPP and the role of Japan

13 July 2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser gave the keynote address this week to the third meeting of the Japan/New Zealand Partnership Forum in Tokyo.

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TPP and the environment

11 July 2011

There’s been a lot of talk about TPP being a “high quality, 21st century” agreement designed for, and relevant to, today’s globalised world. designed for, and relevant to, today’s globalised world. All TPP parties face a range of environmental challenges locally and globally, including climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and moving to more sustainable use of natural resources (including marine resources).

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Is TPP shrouded in secrecy?

5 July 2011

There have been calls from some quarters for greater transparency surrounding the TPP negotiations. A petition calling for this to happen was presented to the Opposition Spokesperson on Trade, Maryan Street, in April. A further public meeting on this theme is being held in Wellington this week.

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Where trade and human rights intersect

4 July 2011

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission has been asked to examine the implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement for New Zealand’s international and domestic human rights obligations. 

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Looking towards Honolulu

1 July 2011

The seventh round of TPP negotiations took place in Ho Chi Minh City from 15 to 24 June, a month after TPP Trade Ministers met at the margins of the APEC meeting in Montana. At that meeting, Ministers had expressed their goal of reaching the broad outlines of an agreement by the time TPP Leaders meet at APEC in November, a goal we all kept firmly in mind during Round Seven.

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Stakeholders voice views in Viet Nam

20 June 2011

There was a strong turnout for the TPP Stakeholder Forum in Viet Nam yesterday. Presentations ranged from business perspectives on specific commercial and regulatory issues through to NGO concerns about impacts on social policies.

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TPP strategy stock take

17 June 2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser gave a “stock take” of the political strategy behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to a New Zealand Institute of International Affairs-organised event this week.

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Pharmaceutical issues comment

17 June 2011

In recent weeks we have received a number of enquiries about New Zealand's Pharmaceutical Management Agency, or PHARMAC, and the TPP. Some of this interest has stemmed from a letter that 28 United States Senators sent to the US President in May.

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The value of investment

13 June 2011

Investment is one of the areas of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation that attracts the most interest. We have had questions and views on investment issues from a number of people since the negotiation was launched. Some people have views about the general value of investment rules in trade agreements.

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Stakeholder programme for the Viet Nam Round

8 June 2011

Following on from our previous post, we have now received a programme for stakeholder presentations (PDF 25KB) on the afternoon of 19 June in Ho Chi Minh City. Due to the high level of interest from stakeholders, our Vietnamese hosts have made two rooms available, and a wide range of views will be represented throughout the afternoon.

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Tertiary education questions answered

24 May 2011

We have recently responded to some questions from the Tertiary Education Union on education, government procurement and intellectual property issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation. Those questions and our answers are published here as they may be of wider interest:

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Joint Ministerial Statement from Montana

20 May 2011

Trade Ministers from countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation normally get together in the margins of APEC ministerial meetings.

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Viet Nam stakeholder plans announced

19 May 2011

Registration is now open for stakeholders wanting to be involved during the seventh round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, in June.

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Intellectual property update

18 May 2011

Following on from last year’s round of consultations with interested parties on intellectual property issues within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation, the Ministry of Economic Development is undertaking a further round of targeted consultations next week.

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A 21st century trade agreement

17 May 2011

The level of public interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership reflects the significance of the negotiation as a trade and foreign policy intiative.

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Long days and nights in Singapore

16 May 2011

The Singapore round of TPP negotiations, held in late March, showed that the talks are moving into a more intense phase. We have already briefed a number of interested groups here in Wellington, but for those we haven’t managed to talk to, we thought it would be useful to post a snapshot of the round.

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TPP Talk goes live

13 May 2011

Welcome to TPP Talk. This column will provide up-to-date information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation from the perspective of the New Zealand negotiating team.

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Ha Noi meeting of Chief Negotiators (1-10 September 2014, Viet Nam)

1 January 1970

TPP Chief Negotiators and officials met in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 1-10 September. Progress was made across a range of issues under discussion, including labour, state-owned enterprises, services, investment, intellectual property, environment, rules of origin and all areas of market access.

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