Treaties Committee to examine UK accession to CPTPP, and the listing of new endangered species

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will hold a public hearing for its inquiry into the Protocol on the Accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and associated side-letters, and the inquiry into Amendments to Appendices I, II and III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Committee Chair Mr Josh Wilson MP said of CPTPP: “Significantly, the United Kingdom would be the first non-founding country to join CPTPP since it was signed by 11 countries in 2018, and its accession would expand the trade partnership beyond the Pacific region. The United Kingdom’s accession to the CPTPP is expected to build upon the recent Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) in terms of goods and services and provide additional strategic benefits for Australia. The Committee will examine these potential benefits.”

On the CITES treaty, Mr Wilson said: “The amendments add new species to the list of flora and fauna for which international trade is prohibited or monitored. The Committee will seek to understand how the new listings support Australia’s strong commitment to effective regulation of the international trade in wildlife and conservation of threatened species.”

Public hearing details

Date:Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Time: 12.00pm to 1.20pm approximately

Location: Committee Room 2R2

The hearing can be accessed online and the program for this hearing is available on the Committee website, along with further information about the inquiry.

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