Author: Edward Miller

RCEP trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicine

Press Release – University of Auckland Medecins Sans Frontieres say: RCEP trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines for half the worlds populationMedecins Sans Frontieres say: RCEP trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines for half the world’s population Background information: As negotiators from 16 countries gather in Auckland, New Zealand, this week for the thirteenth round of negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, Médecins Sans Frontières, along with other health organisations, appeals for the removal of harmful intellectual property provisions that could potentially raise treatment costs by creating new forms of monopolies and delaying the entry of affordable generics in the market. If the intellectual property provisions proposed by Japan and South Korea are accepted, access to essential medicines will be restricted for millions of people across Asia and the world who rely on life-saving affordable generics made in India. RCEP is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. RCEP countries are home to nearly 50% of the world’s population, including the most impoverished, vulnerable and marginalised communities living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). A leaked copy of the intellectual property text being discussed at the negotiations shows that Japan and South Korea have made several alarming proposals to include intellectual property rules that...

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Nno foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) …13 June 2016 For immediate release Australian Labor Party says no foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements, including RCEP The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) currently being negotiated in Auckland this week, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. The promise forms part of the ALP’s policy platform in the current general election campaign. Latest polls have Labor slightly in the lead for the election on 2 July, which makes this a real possibility. ‘Presumably the Australian government is now in caretaker mode and can’t make commitments to the controversial investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in RCEP’, Professor Kelsey said. According to Professor Kelsey, a leaked text of the RCEP investment chapter from last October showed Australia – and New Zealand – had yet to table a position on ISDS. India proposed quite radical moves to strengthen governments’ rights to regulate, while Japan and South Korea sought to transfer some of the worst parts of the...

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It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June.It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA International Trade and Investment expert visiting New Zealand: Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June. Dr. Sundaram has a distinguished career: • FAO Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development from August 2012 until the end of 2015 • Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs from January 2005 until June 2012 • Honorary Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012 • A member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System • G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012 • In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought • Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and...

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