Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) - ASPEC explains the position of Peruvian consumers

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37 TPP press conferenceThe Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (ASPEC) participated in the press conference where various organizations of civil society in the most varied sectors - labor, communicators, consumer, environmental, etc - domestic and foreign, explained their objections in relation to the trade agreement that has been under negotiation treaty called Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP by its acronym in English) whose seventeenth round of negotiation has been initiated in Lima and will continue until May 24.

The criticism of the social organizations are focused on the lack of transparency that comes to characterize these negotiations being conducted between officials from Chile, Peru, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, as they do not allow the citizen access to the texts under discussion in spite of the impact on sensitive topics such as digital rights and civil liberties in the information age.

In opinion of Crisólogo Cáceres, President of ASPEC, this secrecy is of concern to consumers because of the aforementioned agreement will include provisions relating to the access of the population to medications, intellectual property, restrictions to the on-line information, deregulation in the financial field, etc. "It is of core issues for consumers who can seriously affect many of the rights enjoyed by those both currently and that effort has cost us achieve thanks to various statutory provisions, such as the Consumer Code that for much of the business sector was opposed and that, even today continues to be the subject of criticism," he explained.

"Unfortunately, today, governments are favoring the right of corporations to obtain profit over fundamental rights of the citizens. Examples of this abound. There is the case of the delay in the issuance of the regulations on the labelling of food components with genetically modified (GM) or those other products that contain dangerous trans fats. Now the corporations and their spokespersons say that any regulation for the benefit of the consumer is a "OTC" (technical barrier to trade) and threaten to lead to states such as the peruvian before the almighty World Trade Organization (WTO) that in few years it has become a sort of "supervisor" of the social and economic policies of our countries. Such a situation is unacceptable," said Cáceres.

At a crowded press conference were present representatives of institutions such as Public Citizen, CooperAccion, Hiperderecho, CGTP, Peruvian Network of patients and users in health, etc.

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