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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating groups covering the thorny issues of intellectual property (IP), state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and rules of origin are among those slated to meet along with chief negotiators at the March 9-15 informal round in Hawaii, illustrating the amount of technical work that remains in the talks.

Corrected and Updated: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Tuesday (March 3) that he does not expect Congress to consider a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) before April, as he is still at odds with Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) over language in the legislation that would allow Congress to strip a completed trade agreement of fast-track protection.

The European Union's college of commissioners on Wednesday (March 4) agreed to set up a new high-level oversight body for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to ensure that the various arms of the EU's executive branch take a coordinated approach to the trade talks.

European Parliament International Trade Committee (INTA) Chairman Bernd Lange is facing some pushback to language he has proposed in a draft parliamentary resolution on the U.S.-EU free trade talks saying that an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism is not necessary in the deal.

Trade officials from the U.S. and South Africa will tackle the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and a slew of bilateral trade problems that have become linked to it when they gather for a two-day meeting this week in Washington, according to an agenda obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.

The Obama administration in a report released late last week found that the Honduran government on numerous occasions failed to enforce its labor laws, as alleged by the AFL-CIO in a 2012 petition, but stopped short of recommending the U.S. take the first step toward dispute settlement under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) of requesting formal labor consultations with Honduras.

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  • A congressional delegation led by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week pressed senior Malaysian officials to make concessions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations on issues such as intellectual property (IP), state-owned enterprises (SOEs), labor and market access, and raised the prospect that Malaysia could be left out of a deal altogether.

  • Public sector labor activists are having difficulty mobilizing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Asia-Pacific because their affiliates there are less aware of the trade deal, lack necessary resources, and have different labor "traditions," according to Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary for Public Services International (PSI).