Rodrigo Contreras, formerly Chile's chief negotiator for the TPP Agreement, is calling for greater vigilance about current proposals that could limit access to information available on the Internet, raise prices for users of copyrighted works, and limit our freedom of expression.
Contreras notes the importance of the TPP to trade and economic opportunity. We believe that a Fair Deal is one that opens up new trade opportunities, but without forcing us to make changes to copyright laws that would take a major toll on our society. Demand a Fair Deal at: http://ourfairdeal.org/
The informal translation of the full article from Spanish to English is provided below. This translation was not produced by OpenMedia.
Lima will host the next round of TPP negotiations from May 15-24. What is the TPP? The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which began as a trade agreement between Chile, Brunei, New Zealand and Singapore in 2005, has grown rapidly, adding the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Peru to the negotiations. Let's go Peru! The TPP is negotiating among is members a vast free trade agreement under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), moving forward the Asia-Pacific agenda. The TPP will be overlaid over current FTAs in force, but there are different opinions on the table. The Lima round is the seventeenth round of negotiations. The author of this contribution, Rodrigo Contreras, was formerly Chile's chief negotiator for the TPP Agreement, and Director of Multilateral Economic Affairs and Bilateral Economic Affairs of the Chilean Foreign Ministry, between 2007 and 2012. He is currently an independent consultant on international trade issues.