NGOs warn against corporate influence on trade talks | Asia Pacific

NGOs warn against corporate influence on trade talks

NGOs warn against corporate influence on trade talks

Updated 29 February 2012, 14:44 AEST

The 11th round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership begins in Melbourne, on Thursday.

Nine countries, including the US, Australia and New Zealand and smaller countries like Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, are trying to hammer out a trade blue print. In the past, the talks have stalled over US demands on greater patent and intellectual property rights.

Civil society groups are warning against allowing corporate influence to drive the talks. And are concerned that some outcomes that may disadvantage the poor and vulnerable in smaller nations.

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