Round 17: Lima, Peru

Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Peru

The 17th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks is underway in Peru. Negotiating groups meeting on Wednesday, May 15 discussed non-conforming measures, e-commerce, rules of origin, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, and legal issues; also meeting were chief negotiators from the eleven TPP countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.

Meeting on May 16 will be the same negotiating groups, plus the groups discussing financial services and intellectual property rights issues. The chief negotiators from the 11 TPP countries are meeting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well. Additional bilateral meetings are also continuing throughout the round.

Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20 at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations in Peru

Negotiators from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries paused talks to meet with more than 300 global stakeholders at an engagement event hosted by the Government of Peru. Representatives from academia, labor unions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations from around the world spoke with and heard from negotiating teams about priorities for and progress on the pending trade agreement. The negotiations also had the opportunity to listen to 48 lecture-style stakeholder presentations.

Following the 4 hour engagement event, the TPP chief negotiations convened a stakeholder briefing session at which they provided updates on the ongoing negotiations and answered questions related to the subject matter of the proposed agreement.

The following negating groups met on May 19, at times not in conflict with the stakeholder event: financial services; labor; rules of origin (with textiles); intellectual property rights, as well as the chief negotiations from the 11 TPP countries. Negotiating groups meeting Monday, May 20 are the groups discussing investment; cross border trade in services; labor; market access; environment; legal issues; and technical barriers to trade issues. Additional bilateral meetings are occurring throughout the week.