TPPA -“Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement” or “Toxic Profiteers Plunder Aotearoa”?

While this video is based in NZ and several years old but – the issues remain the same for all countries involved in this agreement, well worth the time to listen to. Below the video is a timeline of how this secret beast came about thank to TPPA Digest.

Source: http://www.tppdigest.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=5&Itemid=53

TPP Background

The Original P4 PDF Print E-mail
The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement between Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore was signed in 2005. The original Trans-Pacific Agreement negotiations were launched by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore at the APEC Leaders’ Summit in 2002. After attending a number of rounds as an observer, Brunei joined the Trans-Pacific Agreement as a “founding member”. It was given some flexibility to implement its commitments in light of its late joining; for example, it was given more time to negotiate its services and government procurement schedules. Negotiations on those schedules took place in 2008.The Trans-Pacific Agreement entered into force on 1 May 2006 for New Zealand and Singapore following the passage of implementing legislation and regulations, and entered into force for Chile on 8 November 2006. The Agreement provisionally applied to Brunei from 12 June 2006 and came into full force in July 2009.Negotiations on financial services and investment were deferred for two years. The Bush administration announced in February 2008 that the US would join those negotiations. Three rounds were held, in March, June and September 2008. The US announced in September 2008 that it would accede to the full P4 agreement and invited Australia, Peru and Vietnam to join them. The full participation of Australia and Peru was announced at the APEC Leaders’ meeting in Peru in November 2009, with Vietnam initially attending as an observer.

The first round of negotiations for the expanded the TPP to include the United States, Australia, Peru and Viet Nam was scheduled to take place in Singapore in March 2009. The proposal generated controversy in the US Congress, where 54 members wrote to President Obama opposing the agreement and 45 countered with a letter in support. In February 2009 the new US administration requested a postponement to allow time for a review US trade policy and priorities. The first round of negotiations was rescheduled for 15-17 March 2010 in Melbourne.

Timeline

TIMELINE

Free trade agreements between negotiating parties:

1983
Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) (into force 1983)

1989
ANZCERTA services protocol (into force 1989)

2000
New Zealand Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (into force January 2001)
US – Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (into force December 2001)

2003
US – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2004)
US – Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2004)
Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (into force July 2003)

2004
US – Australia Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2005)

2005
Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (P4) (into force May 2006 NZ and Singapore, November 2006 Chile, July 2009 Brunei)

2006
US – Peru Free Trade Agreement (into force February 2009)
Peru – Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force August 2009)

2008
Australia – Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force March 2009)
Peru – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (into force August 2009)

TPP Timeline
2008
February
President Bush announces the US will join P4 negotiations on financial services and investment
Call for submissions by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

March
First round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

June
Second round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

September
Third round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations
President Bush announces negotiations for US to accede to P4 to form a Trans-Pacific Partnership
Bush invites Australia, Peru and Vietnam to join TPPA negotiations

October
NZ MFAT calls for submissions on the comprehensive US/P4 negotiations
Australia DFAT calls for submissions on Australia’s participation in the TPPA negotiations

November
Peru and Australia announce their participation in TPPA negotiations, with Vietnam initially as an observer
Barack Obama wins the US presidential election

2009
January
USTR calls for public comments on proposed TPPA

February
Letter is sent by 54 Members of US Congress to Obama opposing the TPPA
Obama administration announces deferral of TPPA negotiations for an unspecified period

March
USTR hearings conducted on TPPA
Letter is sent by 45 members of the US Congress to Obama supporting the TPPA
First round of TPPA negotiations scheduled for 30 March is cancelled
US Public Hearings on TPPA held

2010

March
US Congressional hearings on the TPPA held
First round of TPPA negotiations held 15-19 March in Melbourne, Australia

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s