11th November 2020
UK government still hasn’t produced a lorry drivers’ guide
Why is the TPP (and with it the TTIP and the TiSA) so close to death?
In a June 17 Sourcing Journal article I argued that their obsession with secrecy lay at the heart of their problems and must be dealt with in all future negotiations.
Most buyers and sellers assume confidentiality is essential in any negotiation, and most assume the haggling in deals like the TPP or TTIP should stay confidential until negotiators reach a conclusion they can offer their legislatures for approval.
But there’s a huge difference between the confidentiality essential to commercial negotiation, the claims official trade negotiators are making about confidentiality and what’s emerging in the leaks pouring out of TPP, TiSA and TTIP negotiations.
Each of these proposals in the leaks touches on political hot potatoes. We may not know what the eventual agreement is going to be – but many people around the world assume they’re being kept secret because something nasty’s being planned.
I suspect most of these proposals are being kept secret because negotiators realise they’re hot potatoes and want to present them persuasively. But the very fact they’re secret more or less kills their ability to be revealed without sparking off huge hostility.
In the article, I argue that the damage is now done and that it makes the eventual approval of agreed deals by all the legislatures almost impossible.
These projects were meant to be “21st century deals.” I think they’re going to fail because those driving them simply don’t realise that you can’t drive 21st century deals if your mind’s still stuck in 19th century diplomacy.
Any ten year old could tell you that sticking “secret” on anything guarantees it’ll be on Facebook in ten minutes.
These deals could have done with a few more 10 year olds.