TPP

The P4, formally the "Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement", is a so-called free trade agreement betweeen the four Pacific governments of Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. It was previously dubbed the P3 until Brunei was incorporated into the negotiating process. It was signed on 3 June 2005 and came into force on 1 January 2006.

In September 2008, the US Trade Representative announced that the US will negotiate entry into the P4 agreement, tentatively starting in March 2009. In November 2008, the governments of Australia, Peru and Vietnam announced their inclusion as well, while the Chilean and US governments have lobbied the Korean government to also join. This raises the spectre of any "P4+" deal, now dubbed a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), evolving into a potentially APEC-wide, comprehensive free trade agreement, which the Obama administration confirmed [International Trade Daily, 5 March 2009]. Japan and the Philippines are also potential members of the TPP.

There have been mobilizations in several countries against the agreement, including in New Zealand, the US, and Japan, where, in the latter case, resistance to the agreement has been widespread, particularly among farmers. New Zealand campaigners have warned that the US proposal for the TPP’s intellectual property provisions go much further than the WTO TRIPs or the US-Korea FTA threatening Maori culture and traditional knowledge, regulations on genetic modification and access to affordable medicines.

Leaked drafts of the agreement are available here: http://www.bilaterals.org/spip.php?rubrique55.

last update: May 2012

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  • 3-Mar-2015 NZ Not For Sale Tell our Govt NO to the TPPA on March 7
    The best chance to stop the TPPA is before ministers make their decisions. Join the nationwide day of action on 7 Mar 2015 in Aotearoa/NewZealand
  • 27-Feb-2015 Reuters White House sees China as trump card in trade debate
    The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.
  • 26-Feb-2015 Washington Post The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose
    "Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty," writes Elizabeth Warren.
  • 24-Feb-2015 Financial Times Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal
    Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has lost an important ally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after his agriculture minster resigned in a scandal over political donations.
  • 23-Feb-2015 ICTSD Negociaciones TPP parecen estar cerca de la línea de meta
    Los esfuerzos por concluir las negociaciones de la Asociación Transpacífico han cobrado un nuevo impulso luego de que algunos funcionarios manifestaran la posibilidad de llegar a un acuerdo en los próximos meses.
  • 23-Feb-2015 Sydney Morning Herald Affordable medicines could be at risk as US seeks to firm up protections
    Access to affordable medicines could be under threat in Australia if the United States gets its way in secretive negotiations over a massive trade deal involving 12 Pacific-region countries, academics have warned.
  • 23-Feb-2015 Japan Times TPP accord no longer expected before April
    Ongoing negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement are no longer expected to conclude before April.
  • 20-Feb-2015 Japan Times TPP chief negotiators to meet in mid-March in Hawaii
    The 12 countries involved in a proposed Pacific-Rim free trade initiative will convene a chief negotiators’ meeting in mid-March in Hawaii, sources close to the matter said on Friday, as they scramble to secure a deal by the end of this spring.
  • 17-Feb-2015 Mainichi Japan Sugar industry gave donation to agricultural minister ahead of TPP talks
    Japanese Minister of Agriculture Koya Nishikawa faces a fresh donation scandal after a Liberal Democratic Party chapter he heads was found to have received 1 million yen in donation from a sugar industry group right before Japan joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks in 2013.
  • 17-Feb-2015 RFI Le TTIP, le Traité transatlantique prend l’eau
    Au-delà des fantasmes alimentés par des négociations obscures, que nous réserve vraiment le Traité transatlantique alors que presque partout, en Europe, l’opposition au TTIP grandit ? Discussion avec Matthias Fekl, Pierre Defraigne et Maxime Vaudano.
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    Links

  • AFTINET TPP campaign site
    Web page on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement maintained by the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
  • Flush the TPP!
    Stop the global corporate coup!
  • Help free the TPP!
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement—which some have come to refer to as "NAFTA on steroids"—could ultimately affect the lives of billions of people worldwide. Neither the public, the press, nor even the US Congress knows the full extent of what’s in the text being negotiated—but corporate lobbyists know what it contains. Help us raise a reward for WikiLeaks should it publish the negotiating text of the TPP!
  • It’s our future
    Website on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for New Zealand
  • Jane Kelsey’s TPP (US-P4+) website
    This site is intended to provide a primary resource for the negotiations of the TPP. It is maintained by Jane Kelsey, an activist and researcher in New Zealand.
  • Moana Nui 2011
    Pua Mohala I Ka Po in collaboration with the International Forum on Globalization presents an international conference on Pacific transitions: "Moana Nui: Pacific peoples, lands and economies", November 9-11, 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign
    An extended P4 Agreement with the US, if it becomes reality, will be a mini-MAI for New Zealand. It must be stopped, at all costs.
  • Occupy TPPA
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a mega-treaty across nine or more countries. If the negotiations succeed they will put a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century. Corporations will gain massive new powers in Australia. Help us stop the TPPA!
  • Stop TPP Action
    Japanese alliance website
  • TPP Watch
    TPPWatch is a network of concerned unions, groups and individuals formed to organise and support initiatives to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
  • TPP: What you don’t know will hurt you
    Site run by Public Citizen in the US
  • TPPxBorder
    Cross-border network against the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Digest
    The website, supported by the University of Auckland, aims to provide an easily accessible and comprehensive database of resources for researchers, activists, officials and others to encourage informed debate and critical engagement with the issues arising from the proposed TPP agreement and to influence the negotiations.
  • US-NZ Council TPP page
    Section of the UN-New Zealand Council website dedicated to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations