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AFTINET submission on the Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations

The Australian government has announced that it has begun negotiations with Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) and has called for submissions.

The Pacific Alliance is conducting simultaneous bilateral negotiations not only with Australia, but with New Zealand, Singapore and Canada.  This means there will not be a regional agreement, but a series of bilateral agreements, which will all be slightly different.

Battle over digital economy at RCEP

July 21, 2017 There are proposals in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that government regulation should have no compulsory disclosure of source codes, no restriction on transfer and processing of data outside the country, and no requirements for computing facilities to be locally based. These proposals raise questions about the ability of governments to have effective national regulation of data privacy and data security.

Indian media report grave community concerns as RCEP talks open in Hyderabad

July 19, 2017: India is host to the 19th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at Hyderabad this week and next. But Indian society itself is strongly opposed to draft clauses in the RCEP.

The New Indian Express reported on July 17 the fears of Kiran Vissa of the Raithu Swarajya Vedika, farmers’ organisation.