On July 27, 2019, the Global Affairs Canada started a consultation on whether South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”). An announcement was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. Global Affairs Canada has also indicated in a backgrounder that they “welcome views on the potential accession of any other Asia-Pacific economy”. In other words, stakeholders may make submissions on whether China should be permitted to join the CPTPP.
Stakeholders include individuals, businesses (including SMBs), industry associations, experts, consultants, academics, civil society organization, labour unions, governments, indigenous groups, students and youth and other interested Canadian stakeholders.
The deadline for filing submissions is August 25, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. However, it should be noted that any submissions filed will be available to the public.
Submissions should include the following:
Global Affairs Canada has indicated that it would like input on the specific markets that Canadians and businesses would be supportive of acceding to the CPTPP. Global Affairs Canada is looking for the following issues to be addressed in submissions.
Why should you participate in the consultations?
Stakeholders should participate because the Government of Canada needs input in order to make decisions that are in the best interest of Canada. The negotiators might not know what will help your business expand its sales in the target markets of South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom (and China).
With respect to South Korea, Canada has entered into a free trade agreement with South Korea. Is that free trade agreement meeting the needs of Canadian stakeholders or would accession to the CPTPP improve opportunities?
Canada recently entered into the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”). Canada has ratified the Canada-EU CETA. The United Kingdom has not ratified the Canada-EU CETA. For more information on ratifications of Canada-EU CETA see Only 50% of EU countries have ratified the Canada-EU CETA. Is this the best route to have a Canada-UK free trade agreement after Brexit?
On January 23, 2018, Canada and Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam reached an agreement in principle on CPTPP (formerly known as the TransPacific Partnership Agreement, TPP, TTTP-1, and TPP-11). The United States withdrew from TPP in January 2017. The CPTPP was signed on March 8, 2018. The CPTPP entered into force for Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore on December 30, 2018, and for Vietnam on January 14, 2019. For the remaining signatories (Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, and Peru), the CPTPP will enter into force 60 days after they have completed their domestic ratification procedures.
If you would like help preparing a submission, please contact Cyndee Todgham Cherniak at 416-307-4168 or at email@example.com.