Chronology of events and key milestones
Looking for a brief recap of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating rounds? Take a look at the round updates for key information about trade topics, trade issues and new developments that were discussed during each round.
TPP Ministerial Meeting: Atlanta (September 30 to October 5, 2015)
On October 5, TPP Ministers announced that they have concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A TPP officials meeting, September 26-29, preceded the TPP ministerial meeting. A joint statement by TPP Ministers as well as a joint summary of the Agreement’s chapters were issued following conclusion.
TPP Officials’ Meeting: Guam (May 14 – 28, 2015)
On May 28, 2015, TPP officials concluded two-weeks of meetings in Tamuning, Guam, where negotiations continued to advance. Among the topics discussed in Guam were intellectual property, textiles, rules of origin, investment, state-owned enterprises, labour, e-commerce and market access. The dates and location of the next meeting have not yet been confirmed.
TPP Officials’ Meeting: Maryland (April 23 – 26, 2015)
TPP officials met in Maryland from April 23-26, where discussions were held on market access, intellectual property, rules of origin, investment and textiles, among others. Negotiators met in plurilateral, bilateral and small group formats with the objective of advancing remaining text and market access issues.
TPP Officials’ Meeting: Hawaii (March 9 – 15, 2015)
TPP officials met in Hawaii, United-States, from March 9 to March 15 to advance remaining technical issues. Market access, intellectual property, rules of origin, state owned enterprises, and textiles where among the topics discussed. Negotiators will continue discussions through intersessional work in the coming weeks.
TPP Officials’ Meeting: New York City (January 26-February 1)
TPP officials met in New York City from January 26-February 1 with the goal of further advance negotiations. Progress was made in several areas, including on market access for goods. Among the topics discussed were intellectual property, investment, non-conforming measures, state-owned enterprises, rules of origin, environment, and financial services.
TPP Officials’ Meeting: Washington, D.C. (December 2014)
On December 12, TPP officials’ concluded 5 days of meetings in Washington, D.C., where progress was achieved across several areas of the text. Among the topics discussed in Washington were legal and institutional issues, textiles, rules of origin, state-owned enterprises, environment, goods market access, technical barriers to trade, and e-commerce.
TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Meeting: Beijing, China (November 2014)
TPP Ministers met on November 8, prior to a TPP Leaders’ meeting on November 10, in Beijing, China. TPP Ministers provided a report to Leaders on the status of negotiations. TPP Leaders reaffirmed the importance of the TPP as a regional agreement that will bring economic growth and prosperity and support job creation in all TPP countries and instructed Ministers and negotiators to continue their work towards concluding an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard agreement.
TPP Ministerial Meeting: Sydney (October 2014)
Following a meeting at the level of TPP Chief Negotiators from October 19-24, in Canberra, Australia, Ministers and Heads of Delegation from TPP countries met in Sydney from October 25-27, 2014 to continue to lay the groundwork towards an ambitious, comprehensive, high-standard and balanced agreement. Considerable progress was made across several areas and negotiators will continue their work, guided by the instructions provided by Ministers. Among the issues discussed were intellectual property, environment, legal, market access, state-owned enterprises, and investment. The dates and location of the next TPP meeting are still being determined.
TPP Officials Meeting: Hanoi, Vietnam (September 2014)
On September 10, TPP Chief negotiators and working groups concluded 10 days of intensive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, where they narrowed gaps in a number of outstanding text issues.
Canada is committed to opening new markets throughout the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region in order to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians in every region of the country.
Progress was made on state-owned enterprises, intellectual property, investment, rules of origin, transparency and anti-corruption, and labour. Chief negotiators also advanced work in areas of market access, including goods, services/investment, financial services, and government procurement.
TPP countries agreed in Hanoi to continue to work to advance negotiations in order to achieve a comprehensive, high-standard agreement. The dates and location of the next TPP meeting are still being determined.
TPP Officials Meeting (July 2014)
The Department hosted a TPP officials’ meeting from July 3 to July 12, 2014 in Ottawa. This meeting followed previous officials’ meetings that Canada has participated in since joining the TPP in October 2012.
Chief negotiators met from July 4 to July 12 to discuss labour, state-owned enterprises, services, investment, and all areas of market access, among others. These discussions ran concurrent with a small number of working-level, technical group meetings held with the objective of advancing remaining rules. The working groups that met included Intellectual Property (IP) from July 6-10, Investment from July 6-8, Stated Owned Enterprises (SOEs) from July 9-12 and Rules of Origins (ROO)/Textiles from July 3-9. Canada held several bilateral meetings to advance our interests across several areas of the negotiations.
No ministerial meeting occurred on the margin of the officials meeting in Ottawa.
TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (May 2014)
TPP countries held a Ministerial meeting from May 19-20 in Singapore, meeting in plenary and bilateral formats over the two-day period. Ministers and Heads of Delegation made progress in market access discussions and advanced outstanding rules issues. Ministers and Heads of Delegation also agreed on a pathway for intensified engagement. Prior to the meeting, chief negotiators and subject matter experts met in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from May 12-15.
TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (February 2014)
Following a meeting at the level of TPP Chief Negotiators from February 17-21 in Singapore, TPP Ministers held four days of plenary and bilateral meetings. Ministers engaged in productive discussions and were able to identify a path forward for resolving remaining issues towards the goal of concluding a comprehensive and balanced agreement as soon as possible.
TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (December 2013)
Building on TPP Ministerial and Leaders’ meetings in Bali in October, TPP Ministers gathered in Singapore from December 7-10, 2013 for four days of intensive plenary, bilateral and small group meetings, supported by Chief Negotiators and key experts. The meetings in Singapore enabled Ministers to make progress in several areas of the text, including intellectual property, state-owned enterprises, environment, financial services, investment, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, and legal and institutional issues. Market access discussions (goods, services and investment, financial services, temporary entry, and government procurement) were also productive and TPP Ministers agreed to continue to work to finalize remaining issues (See Joint TPP Ministers’ Statement).
Chief Negotiators’ Meeting: Salt Lake City, Utah
Chief Negotiators met from November 19-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chief Negotiators were accompanied by a number of negotiating leads, and worked to advance work across several areas, including in Intellectual Property, Services, Temporary Entry, Government Procurement, Rules of Origin, Textiles, Customs, Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary Measures, Environment, Investment, Goods Market Access, Agriculture, E-Commerce, SOEs, Technical Barriers to Trade, Financial Services, and Labour.
TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Meeting: Bali, Indonesia
Several important TPP meetings were held on the margins of the 2013 APEC Summit in Bali. TPP Chief Negotiators met from October 1-2, prior to a TPP Ministerial Meeting on October 3, 4 and 6. TPP Ministers reported on the status of negotiations to TPP Leaders, in support of a TPP Leaders’ meeting on October 8. TPP Leaders reviewed progress in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to outstanding issues, while discussing how best to achieve an ambitious, balanced, 21st century agreement in line with the goals established by TPP members in 2011.
Round 19: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
The 19th Round of TPP negotiations took place in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, from August 22 to 30, 2013. Negotiating groups met on the following issues: good market access, rules of origin/customs/textiles, investment and competition, non-conforming measures for services and investment, financial services, intellectual property rights, environment, government procurement, and temporary entry for business persons. See the TPP Chief Negotiators’ Joint Statement.
TPP trade ministers met August 22 and 23rd in Brunei and issued a Joint Press Statement.
Round 19 also included a dedicated program for stakeholders on August 27th. The event included presentations and time for informal discussions with chief negotiators. Canada participated in these stakeholder activities.
Round 18: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
The 18th Round of TPP negotiations took place in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, from July 15 to 25, 2013. Negotiating groups met on the following issues: investment and competition, financial services, rules of origin/customs/textiles, intellectual property rights, non-conforming measures for services and investment, environment, goods market access, technical barriers to trade, government procurement, legal and institutional issues (including transparency and anticorruption), temporary entry for business persons, and electronic commerce. Japan formally joined the TPP negotiations on July 23rd. See the TPP Chief Negotiators’ Joint Statement.
Consistent with the practice of previous TPP negotiating rounds, Round 18 in Kota Kinabalu included a dedicated program for stakeholders on Saturday, July 20th, with presentations and a briefing session with chief negotiators. Canada participated in these stakeholder activities.
^U.S.A. TPP Transparency^ aka ‘A Black Hole’
The U.S.A. Government would sooner own-up to its knowledge of ET, Israeli Nukes, the Iran Deal Details or the Ultimate Destination of Repaid T.A.R.P. Funds with Interest to the USA Government than it would discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership!
But if the Government won’t, Tabacco will!
Does Tabacco exaggerate about the LACK OF TRANSPARENCY re TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP by the U.S. Government? Only incrementally! If this is your first venture to T-a-b-a-c-c-o.org, recite out-loud what you already know about the TPP!
Now you see my Point!
I suggest that if American or Canadian Interested Parties want to get to the bottom of this CONSPIRACY, both Groups should bypass the Canadian and American Governmental ‘Transparencies’ and read T-A-B-A-C-C-O instead!
You have an Alternative: Go to
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Read the consolidated TPP text and learn more about the Agreement.
Be prepared to spend 12-hours per day for at least a week attempting to interpret Litigator Legalese! Then engage a Corporate Law Firm to explain it to you! So you must take copious Notes!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is infinitely more important than and currently relevant than
Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders Iowa and New Hampshire
Donald Trump vs. all other GOPers anywhere
Iranian Hostage Release
The Kardashians and Bruce Jenner
All other current Media Stories
But those other ‘Stories’ get covered ad nauseam while you are lucky if you even know the meaning of that acronym TPP!
You need to understand why that is so! You need to understand why the Republicans don’t squawk about Obama’s Initiative! You need to understand why Democrats don’t rant and rave, even though most will Vote AGAINST TPP! And you need to understand why 2,008 Corporations and Activist Groups signed up AGAINST TPP!
If you don’t know what you should know, then read the following Tabacco Posts:
TPP – TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP! Obama’s Top Secret Trade Agreement Deal That Benefits Big Biz All Over The Planet & Penalizes Everybody Else. Wait Till You Read Barack’s Campaign Promises vis-à-vis The TPP! While Republicans Attacked Rev. Wright, His Christian Minister, Then Allege He’s Really A Muslim, Then Go On To Impugn The Affordable Care Act, Which The Deceitful GOP Would Not Fund Properly & Booby Trapped, Calling It “ObamaCare” To Sack Him With Their Duplicities, Obama Is Doing REAL Unmentionable ABOMINATIONS The GOP Propaganda Machine Chooses To Ignore – I’ll Bet You Can Guess Why! No? It’s Because Obama Is Doing The GOP-Corporatists’ Bidding – Why Would GOPers Object To That! They Shut Up And Let Him Take The Heat – And Bitch About BS Issues That Won’t Hold H2O!
Published November 10, 2013
FAST TRACK & TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP): IMMINENT & PRESENT DANGER! Obama Does 180, Reverses Liberal Appearances & Proves He Is As Right-Wing/Conservative/Pro-Big Biz As Any GOPer Ever Was! B.O. Is G.W.B. With A Suntan! President Obama Shows His True Color: CORPORATE GREEN – The Donkey’s Grab For The Brass Ring! Obama’s No Jackass – But He Is One Clever Politician! After 7-Years, Republican Rank & File Think He’s Liberal, Blacks Think He’s Our Very Best Friend Since Lincoln & White Democrats Are Scratching Their Heads! If It Looks Like A Duck, If It Walks Like A Duck, If It Quacks Like A Duck, It Could Be A Predatory, Capitalist CHAMELEON! O’s Next Gig Should Be In Hollywood! What An Actor!
Published March 22, 2015
Which 13 Senate DemocRATS Vote With 47 Republicans To Authorize ‘Fast-Track’ For Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)? You Voters Need To Know Which RATS Are Aligned With Top 1% For Their Own Financial Advancement, Not Yours!
Published June 25, 2015
Obama’s TPP Falling On Hillary’s Deaf Ear! This Post Features Hillary Clinton. Listen To What She Says Because Her Advice Is True THIS TIME, But Don’t Doubt For A Moment That If Capitalists Offer Her (As President) The Same DEAL They Offered Obama, Hillary Would Switch Like A Drag Queen! Remember, Folks, It’s Good Deeds We’re After, Not Good Rhetoric! Her Assertion Comes Only After Hillary Checked Which Way The Wind Was Blowing! (It Must Be A Windy Day!) This Is Not About GOP Talking Point ‘Hillary’s Personal E-Mail’. This Is About Hillary’s GOP-Like Capitalist Greed & Self-Aggrandizement. I Publish This Post As Follow Up On TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). I Come To Bury Hillary, Not To Praise Her! Very Important Concept (VIC): Even Hitler Had Good Things To Say Sometimes. What Is Significant Here Is How Long It Took Hillary To Say This!
Published August 28, 2015
SECRET TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) DEAL EXPOSED AT LAST! Full Text Of TPP (Monsanto’s Dream Trade Deal AKA Obama’s FTA), Is Much Worse Than Anyone Thought (Except For Tabacco, That Is)! Only 1-Issue Organizations, Greedy Corporatists & Greedier Politicians Would Support This FTA! $400K Per Annum Is Not Enough For Obama Or Bush! There Will Be No More Lincolns In The White House, Only Bushes, Obamas, Trumps & Hillarys! Hillary Wants To ‘Earn’ All Those War Profiteering Dollar$ Her Hubby Never Pursued – Looks Like Bill Was The Moral One! Trump Is On A Never-ending Ego Trip! Carson Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing! Only Bernie Sanders ‘Might’ Represent ALL AMERICANS, And He’s NOT Perfect! In Recent Times, We Had No REAL CHOICE – In 2016 We Do! BERNIE SANDERS, NOT HILLARY ‘MONEYBAGS’ CLINTON! Such Is America Of Democans & Republicrats! Politicians Are Not Patriots Because Patriots Do Not Become Politicians! Patriots Don’t Become Billionaires Either!
Published November 11, 2015
VALIDATED GOVERNMENT-CORPORATE CONSPIRACY: SECRETS IN PLAIN SIGHT! Other Than ET On The Moon, Yahweh In Genesis Being An Imposter, Top 1/10 of 1% Responsibility For Muslim Terrorism, Israeli Nukes, Lobbying Is Nothing Less Than Legalized Bribery, Paris Accord Is Nothing More Than A Pacifier, USA Has Lost EVERY War (Except Grenada) Since WWII, Common Core Facilitates Public Schools Privatization-To-Charter Scam, Nothing Is Less Discussed In Mainstream Media Than TPP (TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP)! Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? And Finally: WHY NOT? Answer: Because They Don’t Want You To Know! THAT’S WHY NOT!
Published December 21, 2015
Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership/TPP, Your President, Barack Hussein Obama, Is A Bald-Faced LIAR & I Have PROOF! 1-Ask Your Prez Why Democrats Decline To Support His Obamanation While Only Republicans Are Anxious To Comply! 2-Then Ask Obama To Give Specifics, Not Unsubstantiated Assertions, As To WHY TPP Improves On NAFTA! Finally, DEMAND To Know If TPP Is So Good For People, Not Just Pacific Rim Corporations, 3-Why Were Details Kept SECRET, 4-Why US Senators Could View Details But Not Make Copies Or Sound Recordings In Secret Room Until It Was Too Late! Inside I Give You PROOFS! WTO NAFTA Ruling Manipulates American Laws, Which Formerly Listed Country Of Origin On Meats In USA – But NO MORE – In Case Meat Shoppers Haven’t Noticed! And TransCanada SUES U.S.A. For $15-BILLION For Rejecting Keystone XL Under NAFTA Including $12-BILLION As Keystone’s Own Projected Profits During Keystone’s Lifetime Contract! This WILL BE THE NORM UNDER TPP! Your President Doesn’t Want You To Know! Tabacco Accuses Barack Hussein Obama Of Malicious Lies Re TPP For His Own Personal Profit & Gain AKA POLITICAL CORRUPTION, DEPRAVITY & GRAFT As Well As MORAL TURPITUDE! Smart Politicos Do Good To Inoculate Their Bad From Voter Reprisals – “Premeditated Black/White Politicians”! Don’t Let Obama’s Teflon Coating Win The Day! Re TPP, OBAMA Needs To DIAPER HIS MOUTH!
Published January 9, 2016
It is much more Informative to spend a day even reading those Posts above than searching for your Government’s explanations about what is in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what TPP will mean for you!
The terms of the TPA stipulate that when a deal is formally submitted to Congress, they must act within 90 legislative days. –
Tabacco would love to publish the 90th day for Congress to act, but I dare not – even that information is obtuse and I fear publishing the wrong date!
If you find out that Critical Date, please advise Tabacco! Don’t forget to include your exact Source!
Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.
Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!
In 1981′s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.
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