Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
Last updated November 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).
The 19th round of TPP negotiations (Canada’s fifth) was held from August 22-30 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. See additional background information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations.
Several important TPP meetings were held on the margins of the 2013 APEC Summit in Bali. TPP Chief Negotiators met from October 1-2, prior to a TPP Ministerial Meeting on October 3, 4 and 6. TPP Ministers reported on the status of negotiations to TPP Leaders, in support of a TPP Leaders’ meeting on October 8. TPP Leaders reviewed progress in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to outstanding issues, while discussing how best to achieve an ambitious, balanced, 21st century agreement in line with the goals established by TPP members in 2011.
More recently, Chief Negotiators met from November 19-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Chief Negotiators were accompanied by a number of negotiating leads, and worked to advance work across several areas, including in Intellectual Property, Services, Temporary Entry, Government Procurement, Rules of Origin, Textiles, Customs, Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary Measures, Environment, Investment, Goods Market Access, Agriculture, E-Commerce, SOEs, Technical Barriers to Trade, Financial Services, and Labour.
TPP Ministers will meet in Singapore from December 7-10, following the 9th World Trade Organization Ministerial in Bali. The Ministerial meeting will be an opportunity for Ministers to take stock of progress in the negotiations and provide guidance to negotiators on advancing outstanding issues
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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