Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations

Looking for a brief recap of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating rounds? Take a look at the round updates for key information about trade topics, trade issues and new developments that were discussed during each round.

TPP Officials Meeting (July 2014)

The Department hosted a TPP officials’ meeting from July 3 to July 12, 2014 in Ottawa. This meeting followed previous officials’ meetings that Canada has participated in since joining the TPP in October 2012.

Chief negotiators met from July 4 to July 12 to discuss labour, state-owned enterprises, services, investment, and all areas of market access, among others. These discussions ran concurrent with a small number of working-level, technical group meetings held with the objective of advancing remaining rules. The working groups that met included Intellectual Property (IP) from July 6-10, Investment from July 6-8, Stated Owned Enterprises (SOEs) from July 9-12 and Rules of Origins (ROO)/Textiles from July 3-9. Canada held several bilateral meetings to advance our interests across several areas of the negotiations.

No ministerial meeting occurred on the margin of the officials meeting in Ottawa.

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (May 2014)

TPP countries held a Ministerial meeting from May 19-20 in Singapore, meeting in plenary and bilateral formats over the two-day period. Ministers and Heads of Delegation made progress in market access discussions and advanced outstanding rules issues. Ministers and Heads of Delegation also agreed on a pathway for intensified engagement. Prior to the meeting, chief negotiators and subject matter experts met in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from May 12-15.

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (February 2014)

Following a meeting at the level of TPP Chief Negotiators from February 17-21 in Singapore, TPP Ministers held four days of plenary and bilateral meetings. Ministers engaged in productive discussions and were able to identify a path forward for resolving remaining issues towards the goal of concluding a comprehensive and balanced agreement as soon as possible.

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (December 2013)

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).

Chief Negotiators’ Meeting: Salt Lake City, Utah

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 Leaders’ and Ministers’ Meeting: Bali, Indonesia

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.

Round 19: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

The 19th Round of TPP negotiations took place in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, from August 22 to 30, 2013.  Negotiating groups met on the following issues: good market access, rules of origin/customs/textiles, investment and competition, non-conforming measures for services and investment, financial services, intellectual property rights, environment, government procurement, and temporary entry for business persons. See the TPP Chief Negotiators’ Joint Statement.

TPP trade ministers met August 22 and 23rd in Brunei and issued a Joint Press Statement.

Round 19 also included a dedicated program for stakeholders on August 27th.  The event included presentations and time for informal discussions with chief negotiators. Canada participated in these stakeholder activities.

Round 18: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

The 18th Round of TPP negotiations took place in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, from July 15 to 25, 2013.  Negotiating groups met on the following issues: investment and competition, financial services, rules of origin/customs/textiles, intellectual property rights, non-conforming measures for services and investment, environment, goods market access, technical barriers to trade, government procurement, legal and institutional issues (including transparency and anticorruption), temporary entry for business persons, and electronic commerce. Japan formally joined the TPP negotiations on July 23rd. See the TPP Chief Negotiators’ Joint Statement.

Consistent with the practice of previous TPP negotiating rounds, Round 18 in Kota Kinabalu included a dedicated program for stakeholders on Saturday, July 20th, with presentations and a briefing session with chief negotiators. Canada participated in these stakeholder activities.