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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

TPP needs reasons, and there are

TPP needs reasons, and there are

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Editor’s note: The or is a treaty that is being negotiated by 12 countries, among which are Mexico, and Peru. Includes agreements ranging from the sale of food, pharmaceutical patents, regulations and labor by rights which cover the use of material on the Internet. Here we leave the column Claudio Ruiz, director of the NGO Digital Rights Chile.

In the early 2000s, Chile was in a different situation. After decades of exclusion in the international context, the Chilean economy needed a push to allow commercial development, and for that signing a free trade agreement with the United States was a goal that Chile would get whatever were the circumstances and costs. Costs were several, but among the most famous are the dramatic increase protection criteria regarding copyrights, including increased periods of protection beyond international standards.

Today Chile is in a different time, and the world is at a different time. Not only China has moved to our major trading partners of the time, but also Chile has in its portfolio a lot of trade agreements that promote global free trade. With all this, it is striking tenacity of the government of Sebastián Piñera to close a new free trade agreement euphemistically called Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose members include only countries with which Chile has already signed free trade agreements that will re-negotiate these agreements do not even ten years since your subscription. To this should be indicated even more problematic aspects, such as excessive zeal in the negotiations, declared secret, which makes it impossible to know, even Congress-to which we are engaging in the TPP normatively.

Critics against the desirability of this treaty come from everywhere. Without going any further, the former chief negotiator in TPP Chile until a couple of months, raised alerts regarding what countries are engaging and this could pose problems. Additionally, a report by the former head of DIRECON during 2004-2010 adds further doubt, indicating that earnings for Chile in TPP would be, if any, marginal and high costs, highlighting, among others, internet rights issues.

This is a treaty negotiated in secret, with no clear signs of the benefits it could have for the country, but many lights of their problems-and that, given the complexity of its scope, have been locked in negotiations aspects sensitive. Despite all this, the government of President Piñera seems pains to close before the presidents APEC summit in October this year. The question then is no longer just why the government keeps a secret something that is supposed beneficial, but also what reasons, and what price-President Piñera is offering this deal and just a few months of leaving office. Perhaps, this is the time when the policy should intervene.

– Column written for Digital Rights NGOs .

Link: TPP FayerWayer

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