Media statement Friday, December 7th, 2012
TPP of seminal importance for jobs. Separate work stream for IP called for
The Trans Pacific Partnership is of seminal importance for developing job opportunities in New Zealand, says Kim
Campbell, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association.
But alongside our ongoing struggle to win access for our agricultural products we need a completely separate work stream
dealing with intellectual property, Mr Campbell said.
"It is evident that in terms of the TPP, intellectual property is a complicated rat's nest full of ambiguity and vested
interests," he said.
"Well-resourced groups have the capacity to subvert the TPP process if we are not most careful to ensure it is robust
"Hence the need for caution and precision over the agreement's terms and conditions.
"New Zealand business will be paying close attention to the details of this part of the agreement because tomorrow's
globally integrated business world will be driven by intellectual property.
"And we are 100 per cent committed to New Zealand negotiating a high quality TPP agreement for the job opportunities and
economic growth prospects it can undoubtedly deliver."