SINGAPORE – Trade ministers from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries today (Dec. 10) announced that they cannot meet the goal set by their leaders of concluding the negotiations by the end of this year, but said they had made "substantial progress" in four days of meetings here.
SINGAPORE – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today (Dec. 10) blasted as insufficient Japan's current offer to cut tariffs under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and called on Tokyo to put a more comprehensive offer on the table.
SINGAPORE – Malaysia has softened its position on two key issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks by joining the 11 other countries in negotiating disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs), an area in which it had previously refused to participate, and by tabling a revised proposal that would carve out tobacco control measures from being challenged under the agreement.
SINGAPORE – A ministerial meeting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) here was rocked by the revelation today (Dec. 9) of two leaked documents, which purport to show the "state of play" in the negotiations following the meeting in Salt Lake City from Nov. 19-24 and country negotiating positions on a wide swath of outstanding issues as of Nov. 6.
In two separate letters, seven key House Democrats have expressed opposition to the U.S. intellectual property rights (IPR) proposal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it relates to patents and drug pricing. They argue that the proposed rules will create new barriers to low-cost medicines offered by certain government programs.
The United States is again rebuffing the European Commission's attempt to bring the U.S. on board with the idea of making financial services regulations part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), specifically by creating through the trade deal a mechanism to deal with divergent regulations.
The Detroit Three automakers today (Dec. 4) responded to South Korea's expression of interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by urging the Obama administration to pressure Seoul for more market access for U.S. automobiles and reiterating a call to include rules against currency manipulation in the trade agreement.
The top Senate Finance Committee Republican has urged the Obama administration not to back down from its goal of including long-term intellectual property rights (IPR) protections for brand-name pharmaceuticals and eliminating data flow restrictions through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even if other countries cannot accept those rules.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia -- The head of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee said yesterday (Dec. 3) that he is not now pressing the European Commission to provide parliament members with access to U.S. negotiating proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but that could change if the U.S. authorizes the commission to share these proposals with member states.
The United States and Colombia agreed today (Dec. 3) to extend by at least one year formal bilateral meetings assessing the implementation of the Colombia Labor Action Plan aimed at improving labor rights in Colombia, according to a White House fact sheet issued after a meeting of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and President Obama.
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- House Democrats Criticize U.S. TPP Proposal On Pharmaceutical IP
- U.S. Official Says Korea's Interest In TPP Entry Will 'Add More Momentum' To Deal After Biden, Park Meeting
- CRS Report Lays Out Options For Congress In Dealing With Currency Manipulation
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NUSA DUA, Indonesia – World Trade Organization members today (Dec. 7) formally adopted a trade facilitation agreement that contains many binding obligations to speed up customs procedures sought by the United States government and industry, but the benefits of the deal are not likely to materialize for at least two years.
Before the dust had even settled around the newly minted World Trade Organization deal at Bali, Asia-Pacific trade ministers were rushing off to Singapore over the weekend to try and forge some kind of consensus in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade talks.
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