The Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPPA)


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

*What is TPPA? – Najis TPPA

*What’s wrong with the TPPA?


the Sun daily

Obama denies Washington is bullying M’sia in TPPA negotiations (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA: US President Barack Obama has denied that Washington is bullying Malaysia in the ongoing negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Instead, he said, he himself was being bullied by his own (Democratic) party on the pact while protests against the agreement was more due to “people being fearful of the future or have invested in the status quo.”

“It is important for everybody to wait and see what is the (final) agreement before they jump into conclusions,” he said in response to a question that Washington was bullying Kuala Lumpur in negotiations for the TPPA at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak here today.

He said it was understandable that there will be objections, protests, accusations of political conspiracies, which is true not only for the US and Malaysia, but for all the negotiating countries.

In looking ahead towards a conclusion of the TPPA negotiations, he said that “countries and companies must be ready to take the next leap.”

Obama said he strongly believed that the TPPA was the right thing as it created jobs and businesses which would benefit countries such as Malaysia that are transitioning from labour-intensive orientation to high-skilled-labour driven.

“It’s going to be good for countries like Malaysia that have been growing rapidly but are interested in making that next leap to the higher value aspect of the supply chain that can really boost income growth and development,” he said.

Responding to a question on expensive medicine after the TPPA was concluded, Obama said American companies have done extrordinary work in research and development to provide medical breakthroughs that saved lives around the world and those companies that have made the investments for the research wanted returns.

He, however, said all parties in the TPPA have agreed to find a way to make sure that medicine would be available for the people who cannot afford it, describing it as a “common humanity”.

“Both of those values are reflected in the conversations and negotiations that are taking place around the TPP,” he stressed.


8:31PM Apr 27, 2014

Anti-TPPA placards appear at Obama’s do

A group of students staged a protest at the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall today, while US President Barrack Obama was speaking to some 600 youth leaders from across the region.

The group of about ten students held up anti-Egyptian coup posters as well as placards that read “No TPPA” in reference to the US-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

However, Obama, who was speaking about respecting differences in opinion at the time, merely responded “For example there is a ‘no’ over there. I don’t know what those young people are saying ‘no’ about.

“But I think that the basic idea is that somebody is not like you – if they look differently from you, if they believe differently than you – that you are treating them as you want to be treated,” he said.

At the end of the town hall session, spokesperson for the group Adam Fistival Wilfrid says he hoped to use YSEALI’s question and answer session to ask Obama to step in on Egypt’s death sentence against 529 Muslim supporters for allegedly participating in violent protests where a police officer was killed.


The group also hoped to voice opposition against the TPPA, especially its provisions on medical patents, which their fear would make medical care less affordable to the low and middle income groups.

“To my knowledge, the urine test for all 11 of us showed negative for drugs.

“It was just an excuse to get us to the police station as we were later investigated under the PAA,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.


Police use drug law to detain 11 TPPA protesters


Protesters against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) were baffled when police accused them of drug use in a bid to force them to abandon their demonstration in front of Kota Kinabalu hotel where the negotiations are taking place.

“While we were demonstrating across the road from the Harbour Sutera Hotel, the police arrived and gathered 11 of us and told that we were being arrested under Section 15 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

NONE“We were asked to follow them to the police station for a urine test.

“We did not want anything unfortunate to happen, so we just followed them,” said Sabah PAS Youth chief Lahirul Latigu (left) who was among those detained.

Later, three more were picked up outside the Karamunsing district police headquarters while showing solidarity for the detainees, bringing the total arrested to 14.

Section 15 of the Act states that it is an offence to administer or consume any dangerous drugs.

TPPA protest Sabah arrestHowever, after all 11 protesters had gone through their urine tests, their statements were recorded under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), said Lahirul.

“To my knowledge, the urine test for all 11 of us showed negative for drugs.

“It was just an excuse to get us to the police station as we were later investigated under the PAA,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Police use drug law to detain 11 TPPA protesters

20 Jul

All 14 released were arrested for some drug offences.This arrest is unlawful&uncalled for! Freedom of assembly 4 all

20 Jul

There are lawyers already at IPD Karamunsing in KK.

  1. JERIT condemns the arrest of 14 activists protesting against the US TPPA in KK. Release them immediately. STOP TPPA

Based on information from lawyer Abdul Razak Jamil, who is representing the 14 arrested activists, he has not been able to meet any of his clients.

He was told that police were carrying out urine tests on the 14 activists as part of investigations.

Suaram criticised police action for arresting Malaysians who were only exercising their rights as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

Malaysian Insider

14 arrested in Kota Kinabalu for TPPA protest

July 20, 2013
Latest Update: July 20, 2013 12:47 pm

Some of the protesters outside the Karamunsing police station in Kota Kinabalu today. Twitter pic by @aafaizli, July 20, 2013.Some of the protesters outside the Karamunsing police station in Kota Kinabalu today. Twitter pic by @aafaizli, July 20, 2013.Eleven activists protesting against the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) discussions held at the Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, were arrested by police today.

Three more activists who went to the Karamunsing police headquarters to show solidarity for their captured brethren were themselves then detained by authorities.

According to Suaram, the 11 had been protesting against the 18th round of TPPA discussions being held at Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Gabungan Menuntut Hak Rakyat Sabah (Gegar) chairman Harieyadi Karmin said the protest was peaceful with placards protesting against the TPPA.

After negotiating with police, the activists agreed to withdraw by 50 metres from the main entrance of Sutera Harbour.

However, they claimed that after withdrawing, police came again and arrested 11 activists and confiscated their protest placards.

Based on information from lawyer Abdul Razak Jamil, who is representing the 14 arrested activists, he has not been able to meet any of his clients.


14 detained at Kota Kinabalu TPPA protest
11:58AM Jul 20, 2013

14 activists protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah this morning have been detained.

According to human rights NGO Suaram, the incident took place during the protest outside the Sutera Habour Hotel where negotiations for the highly-criticised 18-point TPPA is ongoing.

11 were rounded up at around 8.30am outside the hotel and were brought to the Karamunsing district police headquarters (IPD).

Another three were subsequently detained protesting the police action outside the IPD Karamunsing.

14 detained at Kota Kinabalu TPPA protest


Mustapa shies away from queries at TPPA forum

As the deadline for Malaysia to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) approaches, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed seemed evasive in answering some pertinent concerns raised.

This happened during the Sinar Harian-organised forum in Shah Alam this afternoon, as he shied away from answering how the agreement with 11 countries including Malaysia would affect small and medium industries or how it can alleviate the fears brought by interested parties like unions.

This is the first time that a full-fledged minister has attended the forum organised by the daily.

Unlike previous forums, no question-and-answer session was allowed. However, a short press conference was held and he told the audience he had to be in Kuala Lumpur by 5pm.

Mustapa shies away from queries at TPPA forum



M’sia lagging behind on TPPA consultation, claims MP

Malaysia is lagging behind many other countries who are part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in terms of having consultation with key domestic stakeholders, an opposition MP said today.

NONEDAP’s Klang MP Charles Santiago (left) said that this was among the main revelations obtained from a two-hour meeting on the TPPA negotiations with representatives from the economic divisions of five other member countries and Malaysian stakeholders.

“On a scale of one to 10, I think we can say our (Malaysia) level of consultation is zero,” Charles said after chairing the meeting, which was also attended by several other opposition MPs as well as a representative from the International Trade and Industry Ministry, which is handling the negotiations.

This, Charles said, is because key stakeholders such as the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) and Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM), were all not consulted.

He said representatives from all these organisations that had also attended the meeting today, had expressed their concerns.

“Other countries have a very, very high level of stakeholder consultation. Their business community is informed after every round of negotiations,” Charles said.

M’sia lagging behind on TPPA consultation, claims MP




Semua dijemput hadir;
Tajuk Forum: Adakah TPPA satu bentuk Penjajahan Amerika Moden?
1) Prof Dr Nazari Ismail (Pakar Perdagangan, UM)
2) Dr Rosli Yaakob (Bekas Timbalan Governor, BNM)
3) Fifa Rahman, MHL (Pakar Undang2 Kesihatan, MAC)
Moderator: Anas Alam Faizli (BLINDSPOT)
Tempat / Masa: KLSCAH, 27 Jun 2013, Khamis, 8.00 malam


Free Malaysia Today

Life saving medicine under threat with TPPA?

June 19, 2013

The TPPA is tailored to help big pharmaceutical firms to continue making profits that run into billions of dollars by out-beating and wiping out competition from generic drugs manufacturers.


By Charles Santiago

I met her a few years back. She was frail, gaunt and in deep pain most of the time. And yet, what caught my eye was her joy for life despite fighting cancer, which was eating into her bones and other vital organs.

She died recently. But generic medicine gave her the extra years of life, which she cherished. It gave her the much-needed time with her loved ones and others, including myself.

But all that will change when Malaysia signs the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). It would deny people years of their lives, especially families that cannot afford patented medicine.

And peoples’ fundamental right to health will also be compromised as the agreement will deny them access to affordable life-saving and life-prolonging medicines.

Specifically, the attempt to restrict production of generic drugs will have a devastating impact on public health.

No one knows for certain the exact provisions in the TPPA, as negotiations are kept confidential. In fact, the text would only be made public four years after the agreement is signed.

But a leaked document revealed that there are indeed strict requirements on Intellectual Property Rights (known as TRIPS-PLUS) which go beyond the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

These requirements would increase the prices of medicines as they restrict the production of generic medicines by:

  • Broadening the scope of patentability to include minor modifications to existing formulas;
  • Expanding data exclusivity which restricts access to clinical trial data hence delaying or preventing generic competition;
  • Restricting the use of important public-health safeguards, including parallel importation (where the same patented medicine could be imported if it is cheaper elsewhere) and compulsory licensing.


Essentially, the TPPA is tailored to help big pharmaceutical firms to continue making profits that run into billions of dollars by out-beating and wiping out competition from generic drugs manufacturers.

The same can very well happen in Malaysia.

Weakening safeguards

Majority of the medicines used in Malaysia are generic medicines, and findings suggest that consumers can save up to 90 per cent of the cost of their medication by using generic products.

In fact Malaysia became the first Asian country to issue a compulsory license to import antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) for HIV/AIDS treatment from India, in 2003. This was following its failure to get sufficient price reductions from two patent-holding pharmaceutical companies.

If the TPPA is signed, the use of parallel importation and compulsory licensing could be restricted, weakening safeguards for public health.

Read the rest: click on the link.

Life saving medicine under threat with TPPA?


Nizam said the next round of negotiations on the TPPA, the 18th round, will start on July 15 and will be held in Malaysia.

MTEM would consider its options on the matter if its consultation with Miti continues to be futile.

“We have heard they do not want to do it in Kuala Lumpur, they want to hold the meetings at somewhere secluded, like Sabah or Sarawak. If there is nothing wrong, why run away?” he asked.

Nizam reminded the government to heed the rakyat’s calls for transparency and accountability in the last general election on the TPPA.


Miti mum on Trans-Pacific deal, Malay panel walks out

The Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) walked out of a consultation meeting with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) yesterday after Miti refused to provide information on its talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

“It was supposed to be a two-hour meeting but it stopped after 90 minutes. They started the meeting but we ended it.

“It was a ‘diplomatic walkout’,” MTEM chief executive officer Mohd Nizam Mahshar told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

NONEMTEM has expressed concern that the TPPA, a free trade agreement that includes, among others, Australia, Canada and the United States, would threaten local small- to medium-scale enterprises and expose Malaysia to lopsided trade conditions.

Nizam lamented that despite Miti insisting that it has consulted stakeholders in the negotiations, there could be no meaningful consultation if the government refused to divulge any information, as an endorsement would ultimately impact Malaysian consumers and businesses.

“Miti insists that it has consulted the industry, but what do you mean by consultation?… If the text (of the deal) is not revealed, then consultation cannot be done…

“Even if they cannot provide the text, they should at least give us the substance of what is being negotiated,” he said.

Nizam claimed the US advises those in its multi-national corporations and other relevant US representatives on the TPPA, but Malaysian stakeholders are kept in the dark by its own government.

He further noted that during the meeting, Miti officers blamed “NGOs” for misleading the media and opposition on the trade agreement, but it did not specifically mention MTEM.

‘Shooting in the dark’

“It is not about misleading, but our arguments are based on previous free trade agreements and the leaked documents available online, and these have been verified.

“It is not out fault that we are still shooting in the dark because they refuse to reveal any substance of the negotiations,” he said.

Providing an example, Nizam said the US viewed the need to provide training and technology transfer in defence sales as a trade barrier that could possibly be removed in the free trade agreement.

However, such training is important for developing countries like Malaysia.

He also pointed out the lengthening of intellectual property rights under such agreements mean that generic medicine could not be sold, thus increasing the cost of medication.

“This is not an issue about Malay businesses, it is a national issue,” he said, adding that MTEM had also roped in medical and environmental groups in lobbying for transparency in the ongoing negotiations and is working to form a broader coalition.

Miti mum on Trans-Pacific deal, Malay panel walks out


Teamster Nation

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Freshmen House Dems: ‘Don’t give away our authority on trade deals’

Thirty-six freshmen U.S. House Democrats are urging colleagues to speak out on “fast-track” trade authority and the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

They want Congress to carefully vet the TPP to make sure it’s in the best interests of American families. And they are skeptical of fast-track negotiations that derail the job Congress is supposed to do.

President Obama is expected to ask for fast-track authority, which would prevent Congress from amending the trade deal that is being negotiated in extreme secrecy. The 36 freshmen  sent a letter today to the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Sander Levin. The letter said fast track would make it hard to fix a trade policy that lets big corporations ship jobs overseas:

We cannot afford to have American production and American jobs sent offshore because of unfair trade agreements that undermine our economic growth. When jobs and production factories are offshored, American wages are lost, American-made products decline, and our international interests are compromised.

The signers also said Congress should not forfeit its constitutional authority to review foreign trade agreements.

For more, click on


Also known as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, TPP is aimed at liberalising Asia-Pacific economies. The US-led initiative aims to link its economy to fast-growing markets in the region, and apart from the US, it includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

TPP a ‘free trade’ deal without fair trade, warns Nurul

Harakahdaily, 07 June 2013

Jun 7: The secretive manner in which Malaysia joined the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) continues to be questioned.

“This TPP may have been in the spirit of ‘Free Trade’, but is it truly a ‘fair trade’ deal for the citizens of our country?” asked Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar (right).

Nurul said the scale and size of the TPP, a free trade agreement involving 11 countries spearheaded by Washington, was enough for the government to consult the public through their elected representatives.

“This unfortunate exclusion from discussions, debates or any other form of participation let alone the entire process of obtaining a Parliamentary ratification denies the public their right to oversight and scrutiny of international treaties and agreements – be they bilateral or multilateral – which could affect national interests and sovereignty,” Nurul said in a statement, amid growing calls for Malaysia to quit the grouping.

Nurul expressed worries that the government would go ahead signing the TPP agreement without seeking public opinion.

The PKR vice president added that while her party supported free trade on condition that stakeholders were consulted, it must not compromise “socio-economic sphere, environment, cultural domain, labour rights, public safety and national security.”

“On that premise, we call for a parliamentary expert study group on TPP – formed of Malaysian experts and specialists drawn from around the world – to be immediately convened to look into the nuts and bolts of the FTA,” she suggested.

She stressed the reasons for opposing the TPP, including its granting of greater legal rights on foreign businesses to enable them circumvent local laws for dispute settlement.

“This is especially frightening as it allows foreign corporations to circumvent laws and regulations enacted by our Government in public interest such as those pertaining to natural resource, environmental protection, and health policies,” said Nurul.

On the claim by Peterson Institute that Malaysia would gain through TPP, Nurul said it left out questions of inequality or environmental sustainability.

“Hence, we see TPP, and especially the processes leading to its ultimate acession, to be fraught with various social, political and economic risks, which could undermine the very integrity of the agreement eventually,” she stressed, adding that she planned to propose in parliament for a ‘Parliamentary Expert Group’ on TPP.

“Our concerns are not trivial. We will not accept the blind faith assurances that the Malaysian Government would perform its duties when they have failed miserably to protect our national interest and sovereignty in the past.”


See also

Malaysia forfeits right to regulate foreign firms in TPP, warns CAP

Dr M questions Malaysia’s participation in US-sponsored economic pact


Malaysian Insider

Side Views

A response to Paul Allen Brown — Fifa Rahman

May 30, 2013

MAY 30 — In an article dated May 29, Paul Allen Brown, Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, completely missed the point of health NGO advocacy against TRIPS-plus provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). He said: “Nothing that has been proposed in TPP would constrain the Malaysian government from subsidising medicines, negotiating pricing, or promoting greater competition to reduce prices.”

He also did not deny at all that TRIPS-plus provisions result in increased costs for the governmental entity purchasing our medicines, and increased costs for the private consumer of medicines. He didn’t deny it because he can’t. Recent evidence from Abbott et al. in the Journal of Generic Medicines proves that as a result of the TRIPS-plus provisions in the US-Jordan FTA, the Jordanian government spends an extra US$18 million (RM54 million) due to the delay of entry of more affordable generic medicines. (Abbott et al. 2012)

Perhaps he is unaware that in 2005, monies spent on procurement of medicines was RM1.12 billion, and this has reduced to RM800 million. (Ministry of Health, Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2005, Babar et al. Evaluating drug prices, availability, affordability, and price components: Implications for access to drugs in Malaysia. PLoS Med 2007; 4(3): e82. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040082) However, overall drug expenditure of Malaysians increased around about the same time by 14.7 per cent. (Ministry of Health, Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2007) This means that even though Malaysians needed more medicines, less was spent by the government.

The next round of negotiations will be held in Malaysia from July 15-25, and the United States is expected to table 12 years of data exclusivity for biologic medicines, which is what they have in their law. Biologic medicines include medicines like Herceptin for the treatment of breast cancer, and Pegylated Interferon for the treatment of hepatitis C. This basically means that for 12 extra years, information about the original medicine will be protected from disclosure from generic medicine companies, making it significantly more difficult for them to produce more affordable bioequivalent copies that Malaysians need. Let’s keep in mind that breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer, and that Herceptin costs RM108,000 for 17 cycles.

* Fifa Rahman is policy manager, Malaysian AIDS Council; consultant, Malaysia, International Drug Policy Consortium; special project co-ordinator, Malaysian Women’s Action for Tobacco Control and Health (MyWATCH); and transition group member, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN).

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.


Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional Free Trade Agreement negotiations: Clarifying some issues — Paul A. Brown

May 29, 2013

MAY 29 — I am writing in response to the opinion piece written by Mr. Ismail Hashim (May 22) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional Free Trade Agreement negotiations. He has raised some important issues that need further clarification.

Mr. Hashim gives the mistaken impression that TPP is a US trade agreement and negotiation. It is not. In fact, TPP is a regional undertaking by 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Japan is set to become the latest country to join the negotiations when it becomes the 12th TPP participant in July. With the inclusion of Japan, the TPP countries will represent over 40 per cent of world trade. Eleven — and soon 12 — countries around the negotiating table all come with their own differing views, but instructions from their leaders are to conclude an agreement this year.

There has been a significant amount of confusion about TPP, its benefits and some of the proposed provisions.  For example, some assert that proposals made by the US in the TPP negotiations would prohibit the sale of generic or low cost drugs. This is not correct. Nor is it correct that the TPP would control how medicines are priced. Nothing that has been proposed in TPP would constrain the Malaysian government from subsidising medicines, negotiating pricing, or promoting greater competition to reduce prices.  In fact, the vast majority of medicines purchased by healthcare programs in the US are generics. What is under discussion in the TPP are highly technical provisions that attempt to address the incentives that are important to ensure new drugs continue to be created, so that people around the world can have the best healthcare possible. These would seem very much in line with Malaysia’s push toward a knowledge-based, innovative economy.

TPP would not take away any member’s sovereignty. The protections available to investors that Mr. Ismail mentions, such as access to arbitration, already largely exist in many of Malaysia’s current bilateral investment agreements. Indeed, Malaysian investors, as they move increasingly abroad, find these types of protections important, and TPP would bind the US to the same commitments.

* Paul A. Brown is Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy, KL.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer/writers and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Mohd Nizam further hit out at the government for lack of transparency in the negotiations of the trade agreement.

He declared MTEM will embark on a campaign for all MPs and state assemblypersons on both side of the divide to make clear their stance on the agreement.

“We did not know the content of the negotiations until we saw leaked documents uploaded on the Internet.

Malay business council warns of ‘economic tsunami’

The Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) has warned that a new tsunami – an economic one – will hit Malaysia soon due to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that is expected to conclude by October, and will leave local businesses vulnerable.

“This new trade regime is a tsunami that will land in Malaysia, far greater than the political tsunami that just happened,” warned MTEM chief executive oficer Mohd Nizam Mahshar.

Mohd Nizam said, during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, that the free trade agreement will have far-reaching impact on the country’s local businesses and cost of living.

“An example, we estimate cost of medication will increase from RM200 to RM1,200 because generic medication can no longer be used as intellectual property rights for pharmaceutical companies will be extended under the agreement,” he said.

He said among the other impacts include the local rice industry being overwhelmed by the influx of heavily subsidised American grain and wheat, local professional services such as lawyers and architects will face international competition, Malaysia becoming vulnerable to international lawsuits from multi-national corporations and preferential treatment for local companies is not allowed.

Malay business council warns of ‘economic tsunami


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Auckland Protest

Published on Dec 8, 2012

This protest march took place on 8th December 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The march went from Aotea Square via Queen Street to the Sky City Hotel, where officials from the New Zealand, United States and other governments were meeting in secret to fine tune the details for this Globalist, anti-sovereign piece of trash.
As I am vehemently opposed to the breaking down of nation states to form a global government, I took my camera and went along.
And this is the result of my efforts. Shot on a Nikon D7000.


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPPA): Next steps for Union and Community Campaigning

TPPA Negotiations: Where are they up to and what can we do about them?

The TPPA is a trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

There have been 15 rounds of negotiations since 2010. There is strong disagreement between the US and other governments, but the aim is to finish in 2013. US business interests are still pressuring other governments not only to reduce tariffs on goods, but to change important domestic policies. Their demands include longer patent periods to charge higher prices for medicines and reducing government regulation of medicine prices, deregulation of essential services, reducing local content rules for media and for government procurement, and abolishing the labelling of genetically engineered food. Business also wants foreign investors to have special rights to sue governments for damages if health or other laws “harm” their investment. The Philip Morris company’s attempt to sue the Australian Government for its tobacco packaging law is one example. Business also opposes the inclusion of enforceable labour rights and environmental protections in the agreement. ;


Transpacific Partnership Agreement

The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is planned to be an extension of an existing agreement between New Zealand, Singapore, Chile and Brunei. So far the US, Australia, Peru, Vietnam and Malaysia have joined the negotiations. Japan, Canada, Mexico and others have shown interest. It could eventually cover most of the Asia Pacific region. The US wants it to be completed by the end of 2012, although the complexity of the agreement means this is unlikely.

The TPPA is much more than a trade agreement. Trade is only a small part of it. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is concerned that it will stop future New Zealand governments from doing things that are in the interests of working people and most New Zealanders. Similar agreements the US has signed impose policies that New Zealand voters have repeatedly voted down and would oppose if they had the choice. The CTU opposes the TPPA unless it is shown to be in the national interest.

The documents on this page explain more about the TPPA and the response of the CTU and unions internationally.




CTU Leaflet on the TPPA.pdf

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TPPA Transparency Letter.pdf

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TPPA Investment Letter.pdf

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Why Are We Worried About the TPPA.pdf

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Labour Rights, Investment and the TPPA.ppt

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Income Inequality and the TPPA.ppt

Transpacific Partnership Agreement | New Zealand Council of Trade


Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

TPPA Campaign: Fair Deal or No Deal!
Have your say! Send the Minister for Trade a message.

As pressure mounts to finish the negotiations, email Craig Emerson directly to tell him of your concern over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement (TPPA) and its corporate-influenced agenda.

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TPPA protests Sydney and Melboune, May 11, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

US global corporations are driving the agenda to expand their rights at the expense of peoples’ rights. Pharmaceutical companies want higher prices for medicines, tobacco companies want to sue governments for health regulation, and there is so far no agreement to implement workers’ rights or environmental standards.


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2 Responses to The Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPPA)

  1. CynDoyle says:

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership, TTP, will enable corporations to override US Law even while operating in the US. The TPP will yank Democracy right out of our hands by making law contradictory to our interests!
    This act will allow corporations to literally have no oversight at all. Pharmaceutical companies will be able to charge outrageous prices for medicine. The Banks will run roughshod over us (again), destroying our already fragile economy. Chemical-Agricultural companies will have carte blanche over our food, weeding out the world’s population. This “trade” deal will only enrich the 1% and further the destruction of our middle class.
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s goal is to give multinational investors (corporations)and domestic corporations the right to challenge any and all of our health, consumer safety, environmental, banking (Dodd-Frank, for example) laws and regulations before an international tribunal (cherry-picked by the corporations).
    This will place these corporations in an equal or higher position than the nations of the world’s governments and certainly above us, the people. Basically, if we pass any laws or currently have any laws on the books that could somehow restrict or diminish any “expected future profits”, these corporations can demand the taxpayers to compensate them and pay their legal bills.
    We must act now as our freedoms are very quickly slipping out of our hands!

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