This page is intended to serve as a repository for information, press statements, announcements, and submissions of business and industry groups from TPP nations.
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NZ/US Business links
NZ US Business Council was launched in 2001, funded by business and government but claims to be non-governmental. The main supporters are in primary, manufacturing, finance, travel, new technology and services sectors. Its main focus is an FTA. The chair is former National PM and Ambassador to Washington Jim Bolger and the well-connected executive director Stephen Jacobi used to head the Trade Liberalisation Network. The board includes representatives of MFAT, Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Meat & Wool, Business NZ, BNZ, American Chamber of Commerce in NZ, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Deloitte, Westpac, Fonterra and AirNZ. Advisors include current Trade Minister Tim Groser, Labour Trade spokesperson David Cunliffe and Helen Kelly, President of the Council of Trade Unions. Other key supporters are NZ Post and Tourism NZ. Other supporters are AMCO Foods, ASB Bank, Auckland City Council, Citigroup, Fedex, Fisher & Paykel, Goldman Sachs, Mainfreight, Merck Sharp & Dome, Minter Ellison, NZ Winegrowers, Saatchi & Saatchi, Solid Energy, United Airlines, Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce. See Jacobi’s speech on NZ/US relations with President Obama on 28 May 2009. The Business Council's submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the TPP Agreement is available here.
The Third US-NZ Partnership Forum was held in Washington on 6-8 October 2009 with the theme “Trans Pacific Partnership: Deepening Engagement, Expanding Opportunities”.
NZUS Council: Business organisations promote TPP on margins of APEC summit (November 11 2010)
NZUS Council welcomes Malaysia to TPP, encouraged by Japan interest (November 12 2010)
NZ US Council at Auckland TPP negotiations (December 3 2010)
NZUS Council: TPP is something new in the making (December 6 2010)
NZUS Council: TPP investment fears unfounded (December 21 2010)NZUS Council's Stephen Jacobi: Trade policy developments look positive for this year (January 17 2010)
New Zealand Chambers of Commerce (NZCCI) is an umbrella organisation serving 30 regional chambers (24,000 businesses nationwide). It has declared its support of TPP negotiations in submissions to MFAT.
Council of the Americas (COA) describes itself as the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council's membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation. Its submission to the Congressional hearing supported the TPP in March 2008 as the means to revitalise a ‘high standards, cutting edge, comprehensive’ trade liberalisation agreement, given the paralysis of Doha and allowing the US to leave behind the ‘broken’ consensus based FTAA. They see it as a counterpoint to the East Asian initiatives, especially ASEAN+3. The TPP should ‘capture the most innovative aspects of existing free trade agreements and seek to make them even better ... beginning at the highest existing level of trade agreements such as the existing P4 agreement and improve from there, a bona fide “race to the top”, covering substantially all products, services and sectors. Specific targets include ROOs and regulatory transparency. It’s accession clause must not be limited to APEC members.
Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) in their submission identified precedents in other agreements to apply in TPP.
ECAT Submission on Mexico's Possible Participation in the TPP (January 13 2012)
US Chamber of Commerce claims to be the world’s largest business federation and lobbies aggressively for the interests of its members at home and internationally. Its submission on the TPP can be found here and its testimony here. Around 100 American Chambers of Commerce (known as AmChams) located abroad are affiliated with the US parent and provide US businesses with a local voice in foreign countries. A number of AmChams have been vocal advocates of the TPP.
US Coalition of Services Industries was formed in 1982 to push for services to be included in the Uruguay round of GATT negotiations and is a powerful lobbying force in the GATS. It claims credit for securing GATS-plus agreements on telecommunications and financial services after the round was concluded. It maintains special committees on financial and insurance services and telecoms, IT and media but its members are mainly large TNCs in all major services sectors. Notable names are AIG, Citigroup, Halliburton, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Chubb, Microsoft, IBM, Time Warner, UPS, Fedex, Visa, Deloittes and JP Morgan. USCSI’s statement to the US hearing on TPP is here and a submission on investment and BITS is here.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry claims to have over 350,000 businesses represented through Chambers of Commerce in each State and Territory, and a nationwide network of industry associations. That makes ACCI the largest and most representative business association in Australia. It has previously supported the expansion of free trade agreements in the region.
ACCI Welcomes TPP Negotiations (March 2012)
A number of Asia-Pacific business chambers hold offices based in the regional financial hub of Singapore, and have expressed their support for negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. The Singapore chapters of the US Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Chamber of Commerce, the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Business Federation have issued a joint statement urging governments to place TPP negotiations at the top of their trade policy agendas here.
Negotiations for TPP have been held in tandem and on the sidelines of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), a forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries seeking to promote free trade in the Asia-Pacific region. All nine TPP member states, as well as prospective future members, are part of APEC.
APEC's Policy Support Unit has published a recent (October 2011) document on "the mutual usefulness between APEC and TPP", available here.
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