IMMEDIATELY after a special Cabinet meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA) last Thursday, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and his senior officials rushed to another meeting in Putrajaya for another TPPA session with academicians and think tanks.
It was to inform and update the group on the latest in the plurilateral negotiations involving Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam.
The partnership will create a huge duty free market of 800 million people with a combined GDP of US$27.5 trillion (RM85.25 trillion).
Much energy and time have been spent by Mustapa and his officers over the last few months on the proposed free...
This meeting was significant as to provide the avenue for Ministers to discuss the way forward on all the outstanding issues. Ministers are expected to table a progress report to the TPP Leaders when they congregate in Bali, Indonesia for the APEC Leaders Summit, 7-8 October 2013.
At the plenary meetings and working dinner on Thursday and Friday, we discussed issues relating to market access on goods, ISDS, cross border services, financial services, temporary entry, government procurement, environment, labour, intellectual property rights and state owned enterprises.
In my interventions, I drew attention to the growing discomfort domestically arising from Malaysia’s participation in the TPP...