Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in RCEP

The RCEP is a massive trade deal being negotiated in secret between Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Japan and the ten-member countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). The proposed RCEP would cover 2.2 billion people. India left the negotiations in November 2019, but may re-join before it is signed in late 2020.

We need to tell all political parties in the Senate not to agree to damaging clauses in the negotiations.

Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in the proposed RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and in favour of enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.

You can print a hard copy of the Petition here, and donate to the campaign here.

See more information, including a short printable flyer here, and a longer explainer here

The RCEP: bigger and more secretive than the TPP

The  TPP-12 corporate agenda faced opposition in most TPP countries, especially the US, where there was bipartisan opposition leading to the US withdrawal in 2017. But the Japanese and Australian governments led the push to resurrect the TPP-11 and are pushing to repeat the same model in other trade agreements.

Next in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The negotiations began in 2012 between 16 countries: India China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN countries, which represent half the world's population. 

Leaked documents have shown that the RCEP could include corporate rights to sue governments, stronger monopolies on medicines that would delay the availability of cheaper medicines, restricted regulation of essential services and more temporary workers vulnerable to exploitation, without any protections for workers’ rights or the environment. We link with similar campaigns in other countries to oppose these damaging proposals. See our Senate petition here.

Campaign Achievements: India withdraws and negotiations delayed 

In November 2019, 15 governments claimed they had completed the text of the deal, but strong community campaigns from Indian civil society forced the Indian government to withdraw, which reduced its claimed benefits for Australia and other countries. Some of the most damaging clauses like corporate rights to sue governments and stronger medicine monopolies may have been removed from the text, would be  a victory, but we will not know for sure until the text is released. The negotiations have been delayed by India's withdrawal and the new target date for signing is November 2020.We will continue to demand the release of texts before they are signed for public and parliamentary scrutiny.

Check out our short flyer here and our longer explainer here.

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New analysis shares learnings from Indian civil society campaign against the RCEP

February 4, 2020: new analysis of the Indian civil society campaign against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) by GRAIN and the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers' Movements shares important learnings for social movements across the region. However, they also warn that efforts to bring India back to the negotiating table could mean that the campaign against the RCEP has not yet been fully won.

No RCEP signing until November 2020 as India does a cost benefit study and is asked to re-join

January 23, 2020: In November 2019 15 governments announced they had concluded the talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), but India withdrew from the negotiations. The target date for signing has now been postponed to November 2020, as other governments ask India to negotiate to re-join.