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Transparency and Anticorruption

Promoting good governance through transparency, accessibility, and accountability.
 
Through TPP, we have an opportunity to enhance transparency in policy-making processes, combat corruption, and improve regulatory cooperation. These “good governance” reforms also play an important role in ensuring fairness for American firms and workers. We believe TPP should include the strongest anti-corruption and transparency standards of any trade Agreement in history. Addressing these issues is vital to promoting development, as well as American values, such as rule of law and respect for human rights.
 
OBJECTIVES
  • Secure commitments to promote greater transparency, participation, and accountability in the development of regulations and other government decisions, including by:
     
  • Promptly publishing laws
    • Regulations.
    • Administrative rulings of general application, and other procedures that affect trade and investment.
    • Providing opportunities for stakeholder comment on measures before they are adopted and finalized.
       
  • Secure commitments discouraging corruption including through:
    • Enforcement of domestic anticorruption laws and regulations.
    • International anticorruption efforts.
       
  • Establish codes of conduct to promote high ethical standards among public officials.
     
  • Establish, for the first time in a U.S. trade Agreement, a chapter on regulatory coherence, including provisions on widely-accepted good regulatory practices, already standard in the United States, such as impact assessments, public transparency and communications around regulations, and public notice of government measures.