Civil society to attend December RCEP round in Indonesia
Nov 25, 2016: The sixteenth RCEP negotiating round will be held near Jakarta, Indonesia from the 2-10th December. Media reports indicate that India and some other countries are resisting the TPP-like proposals on stronger medicine monopolies and investor rights to sue governments. The deadline of the end of 2016 has been abandoned, and talks will now continue into 2017.
International civil society organisations including AFTINET will be given a short time to present their views to negotiators. This is only the third time in sixteen rounds of negotiations that we have had this opportunity. The details of negotiations remain secret and we have had to rely on leaked documents. Civil society groups from RCEP countries have called for the release of negotiating texts, and a genuine consultation process, and for the rejection of TPP-like proposals on medicine monopolies and investor rights to sue governments.