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Khor 1Marinate_TradeAlthough the TPPA negotiations have concluded, the text is not yet made public, and the debate on its effects and implications will go on.

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Khor 1HealthGood and bad news for half a million Malaysians suffering from Hepatitis C:  there is a new effective medicine but a patient was charged RM385,000 for one course.  In India it is available for less than RM4,000.   Can anything be done about this?

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Khor 1Climate_Change_1 melting_icebergA new climate change agreement is to be adopted in Paris in December, but there are big differences on how to reach a fair deal, and the negotiations are tough.

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Khor 1Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen Tablets on a Prescription FormA new cure for Hepatitis C has given new hope, but its price is far too high, while a scheme to supply to poor countries excludes Malaysia and other middle income countries.

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Khor 1Trade_FacilitationTrade agreements like the TPPA have become over-loaded with non-trade issues as well as extra conditions that a powerful country and its Congress can demand of partners like Malaysia.

 

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Khor 1Trade_HarbourOf all the issues currently being negotiated on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, none are more important than the ability of patients to get life-saving medicines at affordable prices, which many fear may be a victim of the agreement.

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Khor 1Trade_HarbourDue to United States political calendar and Congressional politics, the TPPA negotiations will heat up in the first few months of the new year.

 

 

 

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Khor 1InvestmentTwo events last week may have significant impact on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – opposition by United States Congress members to the “fast track authority”, and the leaking of the TPPA’s intellectual property chapter.
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Khor 1The APEC and TPPA summits in Bali recently showed the winds of change are blowing in the region, symbolised by the US President’s absence but also reflecting the aptness or otherwise of policies.

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Khor 1The last week saw a series of important events on the hot topic of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, with the official round in Brunei, and a roundtable in Kuala Lumpur, leading to the question: What next?

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