Thursday, 29 March 2012

Wellington meeting on the TPAA

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dr Bill Rosenberg and Professor Jane Kelsey will discuss issues surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a Wellington presentation on Thursday 29 April, in Connolly Hall, Guilford Terrace, at 5:30pm.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is currently under negotiation between New Zealand, the US and seven other countries, and has the declared aim of eventually encompassing most of the Asia-Pacific region. Thus it has huge economic and political stakes for the US as well as New Zealand. However, the agreement is becoming increasingly complex and intrusive into countries' ability to choose domestic policy, particularly progressive alternatives.

Examples of its proposed ambit include State-Owned Enterprises, medicine pricing, public health, internet and other digital intellectual property right enforcement, government procurement, and the balance of power between investors and sovereign governments. It also has implications for relationships with China, and raises important democratic questions about the treaty-making process given the secrecy surrounding the text of the proposed agreement and the right of Cabinet to ratify any final agreement.

Bill and Jane will outline what is known of the proposals and their wider geopolitical and economic implications.Environmental trends have profound implications for New Zealand's future.

This free Wellington lecture is on 29 April at 5.30pm in Connolly Hall, Guildford Tce,

You can register HERE.

Kind regards

Mike Smith

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