World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Canada signs Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Canada signs Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile

Despite suspending the most damaging provisions for the Internet, secrecy surrounding the deal's negotiations fail to provide government transparency or accountability.

March 8, 2018 – Today, leaders from 11 of the original signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signed a modified version of the original agreement now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile.

The new deal contains a significantly improved intellectual property chapter, with the most problematic provisions, including copyright term extension, digital lock rules, and intermediary liability suspended. This appears to be largely due to pressure from the Canadian government, who were heavily influenced by public feedback in this area. Some ISDS provisions have also been suspended from the revised deal. However, the way in which the CPTPP was negotiated remains deeply flawed, as the process and negotiations were highly secretive and excluded the public.

“Although damaging provisions for the Internet have been suspended in this version of the TPP, it does not in any way change that this process was negotiated in secret, and designed with the interests of the U.S. – a country that is no longer even part of the agreement – at heart. The perpetual secretive and undemocratic framework under which the CPTPP has been negotiated is far from “progressive,” and continues to undermine citizens’ trust in our government and public institutions. Canadians have been demanding for transparency in the TPP since day one – when will the government listen?” said OpenMedia’s Executive Director Laura Tribe.

The deal will not take effect 60 days after it is ratified by at least six member countries. There are also discussions of the U.S. rejoining the deal down the line, in which case, changes to the current deal could be made and revive some of the worst provisions.

Canadians can continue to fight the TPP and demand a democratic and transparent trade process at: https://act.openmedia.org/killtheTPP

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the Internet.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Chemical Weapons Attack (and Response) In Syria

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria – and the military response by the US, France and Britain – have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. More>>

ALSO:


North Korea: CTBTO Statement On Disarmament

I welcome the announcement by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to halt its nuclear testing programme and to dismantle the test site. This is a strong signal and an important step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More>>

ALSO:

Diplomatic Madness: The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More>>

ALSO:

Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures. More

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC