The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement involving 11 countries in the Pacific region, including New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, and Viet Nam.

  

Overview of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Partnering with these countries represents a huge opportunity for New Zealand. The Agreement has the potential to open up new export destinations for our businesses, create jobs, and help generate a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.  At the same time, the Government‘s right to regulate in the public interest and the unique status of the Treaty of Waitangi have been protected.

CPTPP represents a huge opportunity for New Zealand. Read more about the benefits of the Agreement here.

Core elements agreed

On 9-10 November 2017 in Da Nang, Viet Nam, Trade Ministers from the 11 countries agreed to the core elements of the deal. There are four issues that require further technical work and discussion before the Agreement can be finalised and signed. A joint Ministerial statement [PDF, 57 KB] on the outcome has been issued, along with an outline [PDF, 42 KB] of the Agreement.

The CPTPP is modelled on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was signed in February 2016, but never made it into force following withdrawal of the United States. The new Agreement includes many of the elements that were negotiated as part of TPP, but with some significant differences.  [PDF, 62 KB]

A list of the provisions that Trade Ministers have agreed to suspend from the original TPP Agreement is available here.

Release of official information: Cabinet negotiating mandate

The government is releasing the Cabinet negotiating mandate for CPTPP and the minute of the Cabinet decision. In releasing this information, the government is seeking to balance introducing greater transparency around trade negotiations with a need to take into account the sensitive nature of the negotiations. Some of the information within the Cabinet paper is being withheld in line with the principles of the Official Information Act. The government will release further information on CPTPP as it becomes available, including a full National Interest Analysis.

Read the Cabinet negotiating mandate here [PDF, 6 MB].

Reasons for withholding information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA)

Section of the OIA  Reason for withholding
 6(a)  to avoid prejudicing the international relations of the New Zealand Government
 9(2)(g)(i)  to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by departments
 9(2)(h)  to maintain legal professional privilege
 9(2)(j)  to avoid prejudice to negotiations