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On 31 March 2023 the UK concluded negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The Agreement is one of the world's most important (and largest) free trade agreements. It is currently in force for 10 countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malasia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The UK's accession to CPTPP is both celebrated as a move of enormous economic and strategic significance - and criticised as irrelevant. What does CPTPP accession really mean? What are the opportunities and challenges for British industry? Come and join us online to hear from negotiators and industry - and understand the real issues.

The discussion will feature the following speakers:

  • Graham Zebedee, CMG Chief Negotiator for the UK Accession to CPTPP, DIT
  • Greg Andrews, Senior CPTPP official for New Zealand, Divisional Manager, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Holger Hestermeyer, Director CIGAD and Professor of International and EU Law, KCL
  • Martin Bell, Deputy Director International Scotch Whisky Association
  • Sabina Ciofu, Associate Director International at TechUK


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