Is there still hope for TPP?

Stephen assesses the prospects for the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2015 here.

The big question for trade policy watchers as we start a new year is whether the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations might be concluded.  Last year I thought negotiations could be concluded by April.  I was wrong.  This year I can make no such prediction, save one – if TPP is not finished soon, we may need to move on to something else.

 

 

The next generation of FTAs – what does business want?

While in Qingdao , China, for the APEC Senior Officials’ meeting Stephen spoke to a workshop focused on sharing information between free trade agreements in operation in the Asia Pacific region.  He outlined what business wants to see from FTAs and what the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) wants governments to do at this point to develop the next generation of agreements:

“Next generation issues can be new approaches to old issues as much as new issues not previously thought of. Next generation issues are rather more likely to be found behind the border than at the border. And so more than ever before we need to devise robust processes to address non-tariff barriers and other “behind the border” issues. We need to develop greater coherence in rule making around the region and co-ordinate – to the greatest extent possible our approach to issues like investment, innovation and competition.We need to develop a stronger focus on services trade issues recognizing the by growing share of services trade in global commerce.We need to continue to work on the digital economy and try to incorporate new disciplines relevant to the way business is being done today, including permanent duty free access for digital products.”

Read Stephen’s full address here.

 

TPP and Japan – hopefully not back to the future

President Obama’s visit to Tokyo 23-25 April should tell us whether there is a way forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation.  It is in the nature of trade negotiations to teeter on the brink of collapse but there is concern that momentum risks being lost as the United States and Japan go head to head on the perennial issue of market access for agriculture.

Read Stephen’s latest blog post on the TradeWorks website.

Japan NZ Forum to focus on TPP and growth partnership

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) announces the fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum will be held in Tokyo on 26 September 2013.

Japan’s rising TPP profile boon for NZ business

Article by Stephen Jacobi about Japan’s arrival at the negotiating table of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Read the full article on the New Zealand Herald website.

NZ International Business Forum welcomes Japan to TPP

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) today congratulated the Japanese Government on Japan’s formal association with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations underway in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Read the full media release on the NZIBF website

 

Progress and success in the Japan NZ relationship – the Trans Pacific Partnership and the case for Japan

Read Stephen Jacobi’s address to the Japan New Zealand Business Council

Third Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum focuses on overcoming adversity

Third Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum focuses on overcoming adversity  A media Release by Stephen Jacobi and available  on the New Zealand International Business Forum website.

 

Third Japan NZ Partnership Forum now 11 July 2011

Third Japan NZ Partnership Forum now 11 July 2011. A media release by Stephen Jacobi now available on the New Zealand International Business Forum website.

 

Relationship with Japan critical to NZ success

Relationship with Japan remains critical to New Zealand’s success.  An article by Stephen Jacobi originally published on 29 October 2009 in the NZ Herald, and now available on the New Zealand International Business Forum website.