Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
The rapidly-growing Asia-Pacific market is critical to Canada’s growth and economic prosperity. Being part of the TPP enables Canada to not only strengthen partnerships in Asia-Pacific but also to help develop an initiative that is driving regional economic integration and setting new rules for how trade is negotiated on a broader scale.
The TPP addresses new trade issues and 21st century challenges, exploring both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade and investment, with the goal of facilitating the movement of people, goods, services, capital, and data across borders. The TPP also addresses the unique challenges of small and medium-sized enterprises and seeks to maximize supply chain efficiencies in Asia and the Americas (See the agreement’s broad outline, issued by TPP leaders in 2011).
Canada participated in the 19th Round (Canada’s fifth) of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations from August 22-30, 2013 (See News Release: Trans-Pacific Partnership Members Advance Negotiations in Brunei).
Guided by direction provided by Ministers’, negotiators intensified their work to close remaining gaps and advance technical issues in the areas of market access, rules of origin, investment, financial services, intellectual property, competition, and environment. Members also made progress in market access packages for goods, services, investment, financial services, temporary workers, and government procurement. In addition, the labour working group held a technical meeting in Ottawa from August 26-29 to further work on this chapter.
Negotiators continue to work intersessionally to advance remaining issues.
TPP Joint Statements
- Canada-New Zealand
The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. To this end, the Minister of International Trade has directed trade officials to improve their understanding of the relationship between trade and environmental issues at the earliest stages of decision making, and to do this through an open and inclusive process. Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work. This process is guided by the 2001 Framework for the Environmental Assessment of Trade Negotiations and developed in line with the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.
Following comments received during initial consultations (launched through the Canada Gazette on December 1, 2012), a Draft Initial Environmental Assessment will be released to the public in fall 2013 for further comments to assist Canadian negotiators to integrate environmental considerations into the negotiating process and to address public concerns.
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