Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
Last updated December 2013.
Canada joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with Mexico, on October 8, 2012 (see News Release: Canada welcomes formal entry into Trans-Pacific Partnership). The TPP currently comprises Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, representing a market of 792 million people and a combined GDP of $27.5 trillion (close to 40% of the world economy). See additional background information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations.
Building on TPP Ministerial and Leaders’ meetings in Bali in October, TPP Ministers gathered in Singapore from December 7-10, 2013 for four days of intensive plenary, bilateral and small group meetings, supported by Chief Negotiators and key experts. The meetings in Singapore enabled Ministers to make progress in several areas of the text, including intellectual property, state-owned enterprises, environment, financial services, investment, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, and legal and institutional issues. Market access discussions (goods, services and investment, financial services, temporary entry, and government procurement) were also productive and TPP Ministers agreed to continue to work to finalize remaining issues (See Joint TPP Ministers’ Statement).
TPP negotiators will continue to advance technical work in preparation for the next TPP Ministers’ meeting in January.
The Government of Canada launched a comprehensive consultation process on December 31, 2011, involving the Canadian public, provinces and territories, businesses and non-governmental organizations, seeking advice and views on priorities, objectives and concerns with respect to the TPP to help Canada outline the parameters of this initiative (see Canada Gazette: Consultations on Potential Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Trans-Pacific Partnership Members). This process indicated broad support for Canada’s entry into the negotiations.
As with Canada’s engagement in any free-trade negotiation, interested stakeholders have an opportunity to provide their views related to Canada’s interests in the TPP. In addition, general briefings are offered on an ad hoc basis and on occasion subject-matter experts may be consulted to help inform Canada’s negotiating positions on certain technical areas under discussion. Furthermore, stakeholder engagement events are incorporated into negotiating rounds, providing an opportunity for both industry and non-industry representatives to register to participate officially and to engage directly with TPP negotiators. Any interested stakeholder can register for these events.
On August 27, during Round 19, 150 stakeholders from TPP member countries participated in a stakeholder forum hosted by Brunei. During the event, presentations were made on a wide range of issues of interest and concern to industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and special interests groups. Chief negotiators also met informally with stakeholders to discuss in detail specific issues of interest to the public.Canadian negotiators have heard from a wide range of industry and non-industry stakeholders through these stakeholder engagement events and other mechanisms and continue to welcome views to help inform negotiating positions (see Contact Point below).
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division (Trans-Pacific Partnership)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
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