CANBERRA -- Officials for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) have identified at least two major defensive interests in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in advance of the latest round taking place here: keeping in place quotas for Australian content on television and radio as well as maintaining the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that subsidizes medicines for Australians.
CANBERRA – Ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks underway here, Australian trade officials drove home the point to domestic business representatives that the final deal will be truly plurilateral in terms of market access, raising hopes among industry groups that Japan will extend the same tariff concessions it grants to the United States to all other TPP countries.
A coalition of European Union farm groups has called on the outgoing European Commission in its final weeks to approve a slew of genetically engineered crops for import, warning that a failure to act now could block shipments from the United States and cost EU livestock farmers up to a billion euros extra to secure feed grain from elsewhere.
CANBERRA – As a new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations kicked off here, Australian opposition lawmakers critical of the deal announced plans to ramp up their efforts to build opposition to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues such as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.
Fifty-one companies who are members of the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), ranging from Walmart to Archer Daniel Midland Company and financial services firms, this week urged President Obama in a letter to put the conclusion of a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with China on the front burner during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month and during his visit to China generally.
World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Thursday (Oct. 16) painted a bleak picture for the future of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the organization's negotiating function as a whole, saying that the continued logjam blocking the deal is undermining negotiators' trust and degrading other WTO initiatives.
- WTO Compliance Panel Faults U.S. COOL Rule On National Treatment Obligations
- Industry Groups From TPP Countries Lay Out Demands For Cross-Border Data Provisions
- Mexican Chamber, Government-Owned Mills Ask Commerce To Postpone Final AD Sugar Determination
- Obama To Appoint BSA Chief Victoria Espinel To ACTPN
- Wikileaks Publishes Purported Consolidated Text Of TPP IP Chapter From May Vietnam Meetings
- At Formal TNC, Azevedo, Doha Chairs Say Solution To TFA Impasse Still Not In Sight
- Froman Calls 2015 'Critical Year' For Addressing NTBs, Regulations In TTIP
- Mexican Economy Minister Meets With Froman In Preparation For Sydney TPP Ministerial
- Treasury Report Does Not Name Currency Manipulator, Finds Trend Toward Less Intervention In China
- ACP Group Puts Forward Ideas For WTO Doha Work Program, Including 'Satisfactory Solution' On Cotton
- Antiguan Leader Calls On U.S. To Settle WTO Gambling Dispute; Meets With USTR
- EU TTIP Advisory Group To Hold Oct. 28 Meeting To Hear Overview Of Talks, Address Transparency
- GAO Report Says Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban Would Reduce Trade Deficit
- Kerry, Yang Address Upcoming APEC Meeting, Trade, Cyber Issues At Boston Meeting
- EU Greens Urge Juncker To Thwart Outgoing Commission's Possible GMO Approval
- Commerce Tells Russia It Is Ending 15-Year Old Suspension Agreement For Dumped Hot-Rolled Steel
- EU, Singapore Reach Final Agreement On Investment Chapter For Bilateral FTA
- U.S., Peruvian Officials Address Lima's Implementation Of Labor Commitments Under FTA At LAC Meeting
- CWA Says Effect Of CAFTA On Honduran Labor Rights Proves Need To Oppose TPP
- Australian Civil Society, MPs Blast TPP Over ISDS, Leaked IP Provisions
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