Talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership are edging closer to a successful end.
Ministers from the twelve participating nations will meet again at the end of September with the view of closing negotiations soon. If they succeed, what will be TPP’s influence on global trade policy? It spans over an economically dynamic region of the world and is, for some, associated with grander plans for building stronger and deeper regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region. For others the TPP may not be the next-generation agreement some anticipated and like other preferential agreements, risks spurring competing trade blocs. While it will surely provoke trade diversion for Europe, what can the EU do to get a stronger foothold in Asia-Pacific trade policy?
Deborah Elms, Executive Director of Asia Trade Center in Singapore and leading expert on TPP and Asian trade and trade policy
Martin Harvey, Divisional Manager, Trade Negotiation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of ECIPE and author of several studies of TPP, Asian trade policy and Europe’s trade-policy approach to the Pacific region