NZ Taiwan FTA outsourced to Saunders Unsworth
Just to remind us whom these agreements are written by and for, negotiation of the NZ Taiwan FTA concluded last week was outsourced
to a former MFAT diplomat, now a consultant for the powerful lobby and PR firm Saunders Unsworth. CTU President Helen Kelly
points out that National’s new employment laws breach the labour chapter in that FTA.
Former PM Mahathir warns ‘TPP another bad pact’ as Malaysia round begins
The next round is underway this week in Malaysia. Former PM Mahathir
attacks the secrecy of TPPA and impacts on Malaysia based on the track record of past FTAs. Opposition MP Charles Santiago
publicly condemned impacts on medicine prices. Another MP called for a cost benefit analysis of fiscal impacts. Malay Economic Action Council
challenged the impact on local producers, farmers and entrepreneurs, medicines and HIV/Aids, government procurement, and more. Veteran human rights activist Chandra Muzaffar
called the TPPA secrecy a mockery of accountability.
Malaysian government agrees to parliamentary committee on TPPA
The Malaysian government has conceded to lawmakers’ demands for a bipartisan parliamentary select committee
on the TPPA to protect Malaysia's rights and provide parliamentary oversight. It is seen as too little, too late, but it puts the Key government to shame.
Malaysian Aids Council says TPPA means life or death
This is a huge issue for Malaysia and the activists
are being very effective. This is reinforced by the International Aids Society
statement opposing the TPPA. And an op ed on TPPA affecting Malaysia health policies
. Under pressure in the Parliament the Trade Minister said they won’t sign TPPA
if medicine prices increase.
State of Play with TPPA Chapters
The deadline of October 2013 for the TPPA is lala-land, but we are told that labour, customs, telecommunications, regulatory coherence and development are now ‘closed’. Sanitary and phytosanitary issues, technical barriers to trade, investment and cross-border services may be after Malaysia. But that just means the easy bits have been done and low-level negotiators are not meeting any more. The hard questions have been left for the chief negotiators and then the politicians.
Labour chapter ‘closed’, waits for political decisions
The labour chapter has ‘closed’. Whether and how obligations might be enforced, and whether penalties would be fines or other sanctions, are now hostage to trade-offs and politics.
New Oz trade minister still says no investor state disputes
The Rudd coup against Gillard meant a change of trade minister across the Tasman, but the new minister vowed
not to cave to US demands for the rights of investors to sue Australia under the TPPA. A change of government could see that position seriously weakened.
TPPA poses serious threat to Asian economic model
The successful East Asian model of “state-driven capitalism” is being threatened by proposals in the TPPA trade agreement to remove possible advantages of state-owned enterprises, says head of Geneva based South Centre Martin Khor
Support national rallies against corporate takeover from 1 September
Kiwis Connect for a Positive Future
, strong opponents of the TPPA, have launched 10 days of national action from 1 September with family-friendly rallies across the country. People can march under any banner that is in solidarity against the corporate take-over of Aotearoa, privatisation, and our continued loss of sovereignty and democracy. Check the website, join the marches, take some stop TPPA placards.
TPPA gets a lashing in international media
: ‘Treaty disputes roiled by bias charges’
paper rejects US Congress proposals for TPPA rules on currency manipulation
Environmental Groups Urge
USTR To Not Back Down From TPP Proposal
The TPP: Environmental Savior
or Corporate Carte Blanche?
Canadians on TPPA threat to Internet Freedom
‘A fistful of dollars for US farmers’, Business Day
skepticism about FTAs
: The Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase poverty
Is the Obama Administration
Keeping Secrets About Its New Trade Agreement?
What the other side is up to
Canada’s Fraser Institute
says stronger IP for medicines will help secure trade deals
US and Canadian Business
on TPPA warpath