Friday, July 26, 2013

No consensus on medicines as TPPA's 18th round ends


There has been no consensus on the controversial issue of intellectual property rights involving medicine in the 18th round of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Kota Kinabalu.

NONEInternational of Trade and Industry Ministry chief negotiator J Jayasiri (right) said that negotiations are still ongoing.

"We have some concerns with the current proposal that is on the table. Our position is to find a balance and take care of Malaysia's concerns," he said.

Addressing the media after the conclusion of these round of talks in Kota Kinabalu yesterday, Jayasiri however declined to provide further details citing negotiation "confidentiality".

Speaking alongside representatives from 11 other countries party to the negotiations, Jayasiri said that intellectual property is one of the key issues in this round of talks.

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