Saturday, September 20, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are in the process of firming up plans to hold their next negotiating meetings in Australia in mid-October, amid strong pressure from the United States to deliver a substantial outcome in the talks by early November when President Obama visits Asia.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

SEOUL -- A senior South Korean trade official said his government is weighing the prospect of requesting entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the negotiations are completed but before major parties like the United States have ratified the deal, in order to avoid a drawn-out TPP accession process.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

Ahead of a bilateral meeting next week in Washington with Akira Amari, Tokyo's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Sept. 18 reiterated his call for Japan to show greater willingness to compromise on the difficult issues that have challenged the negotiation.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

In a development that could have implications for the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has found the presence of forced labor among workers in Malaysia's export-oriented electronics manufacturing sector.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

A new report on the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations released by House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) largely confirms what observers of the talks have said about the challenges the U.S. is facing on issues like the environment, intellectual property (IP), and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Levin's report argues that all of these challenges mean much work is left to be done before a deal can be concluded.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/19/2014 - 09-18-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told a group of House Democrats generally supportive of free trade deals this week that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries still have work to do to resolve some of the less controversial issues and have yet to tackle the most contentious ones, according to congressional sources.

(Daily News - 09-18-2014)

A new report on the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations released by House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) largely confirms what observers of the talks have said about the challenges the U.S. is facing on issues like the environment, intellectual property (IP), and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Levin's report argues that all of these challenges mean much work is left to be done before a deal can be concluded.

(Daily News - 09-18-2014)

The United States government is working to arrange a visit next week to Washington by Akira Amari, Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), so that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman can hash out the remaining issues in their bilateral negotiations under TPP, according to a USTR spokesman.

(Daily News - 09-17-2014)

In a development that could have implications for the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has found the presence of forced labor among workers in Malaysia's export-oriented electronics manufacturing sector.

(Daily News - 09-16-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are in the process of firming up plans to hold their next negotiating meetings in Australia in mid-October, amid strong pressure from the United States to deliver a substantial outcome in the talks by early November when President Obama visits Asia.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-12-2014)

HANOI -- At the end of 10 days of plodding Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks here, a rough plan for the next steps toward crafting some sort of TPP outcome by early November appears to be emerging, though many critical questions remain unanswered, according to private-sector and official sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-12-2014)

At the conclusion of a 10-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Hanoi, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that negotiators made progress in a number of areas including rules on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and intellectual property (IP), but did not provide further details or give any indication of when TPP countries would hold their next meeting.

(Daily News - 09-12-2014)

SEOUL -- A senior South Korean trade official on Friday (Sept. 12) rejected the notion that Seoul's efforts to resolve problems that have arisen in implementing the bilateral U.S.-Korea free trade agreement (KORUS) are largely being taken with an eye toward eventually joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

(Daily News - 09-12-2014)

SEOUL -- A senior South Korean trade official said his government is weighing the prospect of requesting entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the negotiations are completed but before major parties like the United States have ratified the deal, in order to avoid a drawn-out TPP accession process.

(Daily News - 09-12-2014)

SEOUL -- A series of studies carried out by a South Korean research institute over the past year predicts that joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would boost Korea's economy by between 1.7 and 1.8 percent over 10 years, aiding the country's manufacturing sector but leading to a decrease in agricultural production.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

HANOI -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries meeting here faced a formidable list of demands from Vietnam to exempt many of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from new rules that the United States hopes will counteract the competition-distorting effects of the government assistance such firms enjoy.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

In conversations with labor union representatives, U.S. trade officials have been putting a new emphasis on the notion that the U.S. approach in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would allow for Vietnam's commercial benefits to be withdrawn if the country did not live up to its labor rights commitments in the agreement, sources said.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

HANOI -- The Mexican government floated here a revised version of its previous proposal for how long developing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would have to phase in the intellectual property (IP) protection standard for pharmaceuticals under a TPP deal, according to sources familiar with the idea.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

HANOI -- Ambassador Hiroshi Oe, Japan's lead agricultural negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), wrapped up several days of bilateral talks with TPP parties other than the United States here on Sept. 7, before returning to Tokyo to engage in another round of negotiations with U.S. officials later in the week.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

HANOI -- A high-level Vietnamese government delegation is planning to travel to Washington next week to discuss the country's priorities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues in meetings with U.S. officials, lawmakers, and business groups, according to sources briefed on the details of the trip.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

The United States and Japan claimed to have made progress in three days of bilateral talks on auto trade held last week in parallel to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but a Japanese official signaled the discussions remain in the same, final phase they have been at for months.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week announced a new cabinet that retains Akira Amari as the minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, but includes a new agriculture minister who has in the past been critical of the talks, though observers said the impact of the move on TPP was still unclear.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/12/2014 - 09-11-2014)

An update to New Zealand's patent law slated to enter into force this month is at odds with two U.S. demands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, specifically that countries allow extension of pharmaceutical patent terms to compensate for delays in regulatory approval, and allow patents to be issued for certain types of medical procedures, according to private-sector sources.

(Daily News - 09-10-2014)

At the conclusion of a 10-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Hanoi, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that negotiators made progress in a number of areas including rules on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and intellectual property (IP), but did not provide further details or give any indication of when TPP countries would hold their next meeting.

(Daily News - 09-09-2014)

HANOI -- Near the end of 10 days of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks here, a rough plan for the next steps toward crafting some sort TPP outcome by early November appears to be emerging, though many critical questions remain unanswered, according to private-sector and official sources.

(Daily News - 09-09-2014)

HANOI -- A high-level Vietnamese government delegation is planning to travel to Washington next week to discuss the country's priorities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues in meetings with U.S. officials, lawmakers, and business groups, according to sources briefed on the details of the trip.

(Daily News - 09-09-2014)

An update to New Zealand's patent law slated to enter into force this month is at odds with two U.S. demands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, specifically that countries allow extension of pharmaceutical patent terms to compensate for delays in regulatory approval, and allow patents to be issued for certain types of medical procedures, according to private-sector sources.

(Daily News - 09-08-2014)

The United States and Japan claimed to have made progress in three days of bilateral talks on auto trade held last week in parallel to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but a Japanese official signaled that the discussions remain in the same, final phase they have been at for months.

(Daily News - 09-08-2014)

HANOI -- The Mexican government is floating here a revised version of its previous proposal for how long developing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would have to phase in the intellectual property (IP) protection standard for pharmaceuticals that is agreed to under a TPP deal, according to sources familiar with the idea.

(Daily News - 09-08-2014)

HANOI -- Ambassador Hiroshi Oe, Japan's lead agricultural negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), wrapped up several days of bilateral talks with TPP parties other than the United States here on Sunday (Sept. 7), before returning to Tokyo to engage in another round of negotiations with U.S. officials later this week.

(Daily News - 09-07-2014)

HANOI -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries meeting here are facing a formidable list of demands from Vietnam to exempt many of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from new rules that the United States hopes will counteract the competition-distorting effects of the government assistance such firms enjoy.

(Daily News - 09-07-2014)

HANOI -- Negotiators engaged in a 10-day round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks here appear to be making a more focused effort to narrow the options for resolving difficult political issues, but are not making an intense push for the kinds of breakthroughs necessary to reach the U.S. target of a substantial outcome by November, according to observers.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/05/2014 - 09-04-2014)

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser has become the second minister from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) country to predict that the negotiations will not be concluded this year due to lack of support for doing so in the U.S. Congress, even as President Obama has set a November deadline for producing a substantial outcome in the talks.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/05/2014 - 09-04-2014)

The United States is trying to break new ground in its parallel auto talks with Japan linked to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by pushing for the right to impose a new type of remedy if Tokyo puts in place new non-tariff measures that limit access for U.S. autos in that market, sources said.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/05/2014 - 09-04-2014)

At an informal round of talks taking place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are poised to confront some of the most contentious issues in the negotiations, including intellectual property (IP) protections for drugs and disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

(Inside U.S. Trade - 09/05/2014 - 09-04-2014)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will travel to Tokyo next week to hold two days of bilateral talks on agricultural market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with her Japanese counterpart, Ambassador Hiroshi Oe, according to a USTR spokesman.

(Daily News - 09-03-2014)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will travel to Tokyo next week to hold two days of bilateral talks on agricultural market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with her Japanese counterpart, Ambassador Hiroshi Oe, according to a USTR spokesman.

(Daily News - 08-29-2014)

At an informal round of talks taking place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are poised to confront some of the most contentious issues in the negotiations, including intellectual property (IP) protections for drugs and disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs). But with no plans to actually resolve any of these tough issues in Hanoi, observers are questioning whether it is realistic to expect that the Obama administration will achieve its goal of reaching a substantial TPP outcome by November.