Trans Pacific Partnership: Implications for development?

  • 10:00 AM
  • Wellington Central Baptist Church, 46 Boulcott St

Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 10am – 12 noon
Wellington Central Baptist Church, 46 Boulcott St

The TPPA is an Agreement being negotiated in secret between the United States, New Zealand, and 9 other countries on the Asia-Pacific rim. If it goes ahead, not only will the TPPA have major impacts on our economy and rights as New Zealanders, but it will have serious implications for developing countries and could have damaging consequences for development in the Pacific region.

Trade negotiators from around the world meet in Auckland for their next round of talks in early December. This special event will specifically focus on the wide-ranging implications of TPPA for international development from three of the world’s foremost critical voices on international free trade and investment agreements: Lori Wallach (Public Citizen), Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network), and Professor Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland).

About the presenters

Professor Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland)

Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s best-known critical analysts and commentators on trade agreements, globalisation, and neoliberalism. Jane has taught law at the University of Auckland since 1979 and is New Zealand’s foremost critical authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Lori Wallach (Public Citizen)

Lori Wallach has been Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch since 1995. The Wall Street Journal described her as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humour”. Lori’s work translating arcane trade legalese into relevant, accessible prose has had significant national and international impact.

Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network)

Sanya Reid Smith is a Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher at the Third World Network, an influential international coalition specialising in development issues and North-South affairs. Sanya travels the world advocating for poor people in developing nations, on topics including access to medicines, women’s rights and environmental sustainability.

For further information contact CID at (04) 496-9615