Lives on the line: online RCEP forum with MSF and AFTINET

October 19, 2016: The TPP gives stronger monopolies to pharmaceutical companies resulting in higher prices for medicines and allows corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars if they object to health and environmental laws.

Now there’s an even bigger trade deal on the horizon with the same proposals: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). So what exactly is the RCEP and what could it mean for access to lifesaving medicines in the Asia Pacific?

AFTINET, in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) held an interactive online forum on Tuesday 18th October 2016 to explain what we know about the RCEP and what it could mean for the lives of people in our region. You can watch the forum via the videos below and join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Part 1: AFTINET's Pat Ranald talks about the RCEP, corporate power and how it fits in with the TPP. (Please note the video displays sideways for a few minutes at the start and then is corrected.

Part 2: MSF representative Jon Edwards talks about the RCEP's impact on access to medicines in our region: