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Renewed focus and vigour in the TPP negotiations

Release Date

19 April 2013

At the close of the 16th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations held in Singapore last month, Singapore as Chair of the negotiations reported that there was “renewed focus and vigour in the negotiations” as well as “a distinct sense the negotiations were shifting gears”, with the goal being to put the negotiations on an accelerated track toward conclusion of a comprehensive agreement in 2013. Parties made progress on many of the remaining issues in the texts of the agreement, achieving consensus on outstanding issues in customs, telecommunications, regulatory coherence and development. Any remaining work in these chapters will be taken up in late-stage rounds as the agreement is finalised.

Parties also narrowed differences on a wide range of issues relating to government procurement, investment, services, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and intellectual property. Efforts continued to develop comprehensive packages on market access for goods, services and investment and government procurement. Chief negotiators have said that the focus for the next rounds of negotiations would be on seeking to resolve the most challenging issues, including intellectual property, competition and environment.

More than 300 stakeholders, including nine from Australian businesses and civil society groups, participated in the round. The 17th round of negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru, from 15-24 May.

If you would like more information about how these negotiations could affect your business contact Ian Bennett, Senior Manager, International Trade on 1800 505 529 or via email

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