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Agriculture

American Farm Bureau Federation submission to US hearings
Grocery Manufacturers Assoc submission to US hearings

National Pork Producers submission to US hearings

Land O’Lakes Farmers Coop submission to US hearings

US Wheat Associates submission to US hearings

ABB Grain submission to Aust hearings
Australian Pork Ltd submission to Aust hearings
Agcarm (NZ Association for Animal Health and Crop Protection) submission to NZ hearings
Meat & Wool NZ submission to NZ hearings
Federated Farmers submission to NZ hearings

Organic Products Exporters of NZ submission to NZ hearings

Gallagher Group (agricultural equipment) submission to NZ hearings
Pacific Basin Exports (agricultural products) submission to NZ hearings

Meat & Wool NZ: Obama Support For TPP Announced (November 15, 2009)
Meat & Wool NZ: Meat & Wool, Meat Industry Association provide analysis for TPP
(December 15, 2009)
Federated Farmers NZ: Back To The Future For The United States?
(March 9, 2009)
Federated Farmers NZ: Barack In The Free Trade Business (December 15, 2009)

National Pork Producers Council: Coalition Urges Japan's Inclusion in TPP Talks (December 5, 2011)

Culture

Motion Picture Assn submission to US hearings
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance of Australian submission to Aust hearings

Music Council of Australia submission to Aust hearings
Screen Producers of Australia submission to Aust hearings
NZ Writers' Guild submission to NZ hearings

Screen Directors Guild of NZ submission to NZ hearings
Screen Production & Development Association of NZ Inc submission to NZ hearings

NZ Society of Authors submission to NZ hearings
Artists Alliance NZ submission to NZ hearings

Dairy
Fonterra US submission to US hearings
US Dairy Export Council submission to US hearings
South East Dairy Coalition submission to US hearings
Midwest Dairy Coalition submission to US hearings
Western United Dairymen submission to US hearings
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers submission to US hearings
Michigan Milk Producers submission to US hearings

Northwest Dairy Association submission to US hearings


Australian Dairy Industry Council submission to Aust hearings

Fonterra NZ submission to NZ hearings

DairyNZ submission to NZ hearings

Dairy Companies Association of NZ submission to NZ hearings


National Milk Producers Federation: NMPF To Fight Inclusion of Dairy in Proposed Free Trade Agreement with NZ (September 22, 2008)
National Milk Producers Federation Brief on TPP (November 23, 2009)
National Milk Producers Federation: Letter to USTR Stating Opposition to NZ-US TPP agreement (December 17, 2009)
National Milk Producers Federation and US Dairy Export Council: US NZ Dairy Trade Should Be Excluded In Trans-Pacific Agreement (December 17, 2009)
National Milk Producers Federation: Letter to USTR Asking For Total Exclusion of NZ-US Dairy Trade In TPP (January 25, 2010)
Written Testimony by US National Milk Producers Federation to the International Trade Commission (February 18 2010)
National Milk Producers Federation: Dairy Producers Discuss Key Trade Issues With USTR (May 13 2010)

Federated Farmers NZ: American Dairy Farmer Fears Unfounded (March 16, 2010)
Federated Farmers NZ: Federated Farmers Encouraged by US Talks (April 13, 2010)
National Milk Producers Federation: Dairy Producers Discuss Key Trade Issues With USTR (May 13, 2010)

Energy

Mighty River Power's submission to NZ hearings

Financial services


NZ firm opens door to US bank services, 29 September 2008
Investment And Financial Services Association Ltd submission to Aust hearings

Wellington Chamber of Commerce submission to NZ hearings


Biotech and GE

Biotechnology Industry Organisation submission to US hearings

Croplife America submission to US hearings

Horticulture


Northwest Horticultural Council submission to US hearings

NZ Horticultural Export Authority submission to NZ hearings
NZ Flower Exporters Association submission to NZ hearings


Northwest Horticultural Council Position on TPP (April 20, 2010)

Intellectual Property


International IP Alliance submission to US hearings

Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) submission to Aust hearings

NZ Federation Against Copyright Theft submission to US hearings

IT


Tech America submission to US hearings

Advanced Medical Technologies (submission to US hearings)

Telecom Industry Association submission to US hearings

Manufacturing


National Electrical Manufacturers submission to US hearings

Boeing submission to US hearings

Australian Industry Group submission to Aust hearings
Employers & Manufacturers Association of NZ submission to NZ hearings

Advanced Medical Technology Association Praises Newly-Outlined TPP Agreement (14 Nov 2011)

Mineral Extraction

Minerals Council of Australia submission to Aust hearings


Pharmaceuticals


PhRMA submission to US hearings

Novartis submission to US hearings

Researched Medicine Industry Association submission to NZ hearings


Retail

National Retail Federation submission

Wal-Mart submission to US hearings


Services

Coalition of Services Industries statement to US hearings

Sugar

American Sugar Alliance submission to US hearings

National Confectioners Association submission to US hearings

Australian Sugar Industry Alliance submission to Aust hearings

 

Textiles

US Apparel Importers submission to US hearings

National Textile Association (US): NTA sees danger in administration's TPP plans (March 25, 2010)
Trans-Pacific Partnership Apparel Coalition Position Statement

Trans-Pacific Partnership Apparel Coalition Press Releases, Presentations and Fact Sheets


Wine/Spirits


California Grape Commission submission to US hearings

US wine industry submission to US hearings

Distilled Spirits Council submission to US hearings

NZ Wine submission to NZ hearings

Distilled Spirits Association of NZ submission to NZ hearings

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2011 01:58
 
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This page is intended to serve as a repository for information, press statements, announcements, and submissions of business and industry groups from TPP nations.

 

LOBBY GROUPS BY COUNTRY:

 

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 US NZ Council is its counterpart in Washington. For the Council’s testimony on the TPP to the USTR hearing click 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 Welcomes Additions To Trans Pac (November 21 2008)
NZUS Council "Not Deterred" By Delay To TPP Talks (March 4 2009)
NZUS Council: Moves Toward Trans-Pacific Negotiations Welcome (March 13 2009)
NZUS Council Rejects FTA Scaremongering (June 23 2009)
NZUS Council Assists MPs to To Visit Washington (July 16 2009)
NZUS Council: US TPP Notification Good News For New Zealand
(December 15 2009)
NZUS Council: Fourth US-NZ Partnership To Be Held (May 19 2010)

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.
Wellington Chamber of Commerce statement to the US-NZ Partnership Forum (October 8 2009)
Wellington Chamber of Commerce: US New Zealand Free Trade Agreement A Step Closer (November 15 2009)

 

United States

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)
ECAT Submission on Japan's Possible Participation in the TPP (January 13 2012)
ECAT Submission on Canada's Possible Participation in the TPP (January 13 2012)
ECAT Submission to Ways and Means Committee Hearing on TPP (December 14 2011)
ECAT Welcomes President's Committment to Ambitious TPP Agreement (November 12 2011)
ECAT Welcomes First Round of TPP Talks (March 19 2010)
ECAT Submission to Original TPP Hearing (February 18 2010)

 

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 Chamber of Commerce: U.S. Chamber Leads Business Support for Asia Pacific Trade Talks (June 14 2010)
US Chamber of Commerce letter to Ron Kirk, USTR (June 14 2010)

 

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.

 

Australia

 

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)


The US Chamber of Commerce (Australia): AmCham is Australia’s largest international Chamber of Commerce. It provides assistance to US and Australian companies and works to promote trade, commerce and investment between Australia and the US and in the Asia Pacific region. Its submissions to DFAT on the proposed TPP are here.

 

Singapore

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.

The Australia-Singapore Chamber of Commerce has also made submissions to DFAT on TPP.

Multilateral

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 23:01
 


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