Secrecy continues to surround Auckland TPPA negotiations

Business representatives had a chance to engage with Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiators in Auckland

Concerned local business-sector representatives have had the chance to engage with local and overseas negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at a stakeholders' forum, during the latest round of negotiations, in Auckland.

Five or six hours of presentations were mounted to inform the negotiators. These included some specifically from the ICT sector. The Fair Deal NZ Coalition had a separate lunch with negotiators, at which several five-minute presentations were given.

Don Christie, primarily representing NZRise, but also the open source movement, says the atmosphere was positive, but because of the continuing secrecy surrounding the negotiations, it is hard to say what practical effect the meetings had.

Negotiators professed a desire to "align" the legal frameworks of participating nations, while according respect to each country's individual legal systems, "but they kept saying 'it's complicated'," Christie says.

Discussions on the intellectual property chapter of TPPA were well-attended, he says. "I talked about the specific needs of SMEs, who will benefit from a more flexible IP regime." He also addressed the question of technological protection mechanisms to guard copyright material and the sanctions that TPPA might put in place against circumventing such mechanisms.

Under too strict a TPM regime, an attempt to run an alternative security scheme to Microsoft's Secure Boot under Windows 8, for example, might be construed as such an illegal circumvention, he suggests.

Christie gained the impression New Zealand negotiators have been persevering in a liberal stance, but the final decisions are in the hands of politicians, he says, and the IP chapter might be vulnerable to "horse-trading" for what are seen as greater free-trade benefits. When free trade is addressed in business forums including those politicians, Christie says, the role of a sensible IP regime in encouraging innovation should be continually emphasised.

Other provisions such as those on the regulation of pharmaceuticals should not be seen as irrelevant to the ICT business, he adds. More expensive medicines will affect the cost to any business of keeping its staff healthy and productive.

Comments

Oliver

1

Never mind what's in it but how can an elected government for the people have secret trade talks?!? This is in my opinion abuse of power. Open the TPPA up for public critique. I promise you it will become a better and fairer treaty for it.

...oh hold on I think that I just missed the point it's not supposed to be either.

Danyl Strype

2

Regardless of whether or not we need the freedoms being traded away in TPPA negotiations, the really disturbing thing is that it may well be for *no* real benefit. According to Alison McCulloch, we already have access to all the markets we need for all the dairy we can realistically produce in the short term (and medium to long term there is no future in exporting food due to declining fossil fuels). McCulloch also points out that even if we did have surplus dairy we desperately needed to sell, it's likely the US dairy industry lobby could get Congress to oppose the TPPA if it made any meaningful concessions on dairy access, so it probably won't. Her article is here:
http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/11/tpp-selling-the-farm/

Anonymous

3

He is the self appointed spokesperson for a vocal minority

John Pallister

4

And remind me again where is the government's mandate to trade NZ sovereignty for foreign corporate oversight of future legislation and a few free trade favours? There should be a national referendum for this, not secret negotiations. All politicians involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Anonymous

5

EU. USA-Mexico-Canada. One World Government. UN 21. NWO. If you are not reading henrymakow and/or davidicke then what in the world are you reading...

Anonymous

6

FROM Newstalk ZB:

"The Ministry for Primary Industries has secured a boon for kiwi farmers.

New Zealand has become the first country to sign a a food safety systems recognition arrangement with the US Food and Drug Administration.

It's the first time the FDA has recognised another country's food safety system as being equal to theirs.

Food Minister Kate Wilkinson says the agreement should spur food exports to the US.

New Zealand is currently looking to build a free trade agreement with the States through the Trans Pacific Partnership."

Does that mean NZ now obliged to have The Food Bill and folic acid in the bread? Or maybe it will be open door to Monsanto & GMO seeds because FDA might say next month they are "safer".

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