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8 Apr’16 – TPPA Impact on Penang & Malaysia

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Penang Institute, the public policy think tank of the Penang state government is proud to host a public forum entitled “TPPA impact on Penang and Malaysia”.

Date   :  8 April 2016 (Friday)
Time  :  8:30pm – 10:30pm (Registration starts at 8pm)
Venue: Angsana & Balau Room, Level 3, Eastin Hotel, Penang

The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement (FTA) which involves a variety of socioeconomic policy issues. Currently it has 12 prospective member countries, Malaysia is one of them. The TPPA was reached on October 5, 2015 in Atlanta, the US, after seven years of negotiations. Subsequently it was ratified in Malaysia by the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara on 27 and 28th Jan 2016, respectively.

The TPPA is different from any previously known FTAs, because it involves new scopes covering government procurement, state-owned enterprises, intellectual property, and labour and environment, have previously not been found in any bilateral or multilateral FTAs signed by Malaysia. It is a huge ask for ordinary citizens to digest the main TPPA text (which consists of 30 chapters) and to understand the complexity and implications of the TPPA.

With perspectives from distinguished panelists and responses from participants, this forum seeks to provide meaningful insights about TPPA to business communities, entrepreneurs, investors and potential member countries of the trade deal.

8.00pm  Registration
8.30pm  Welcome remarks by Dr.Lim Kim Hwa, CEO & Head of Economics, Penang Institute
8.35pm  Opening Speech by YB Prof Dr.Ramasamy Palanisamy, Deputy Chief Minister II Penang
8.50pm  Presentation by Deputy Secretary General MITI, Datuk J. Jayasiri
9.20pm  Presentation by Penang Institute
9.50pm  Panel Discussion
                Datuk J. Jayasiri, Deputy Secretary General, MITI
                YB Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament for Klang
                Dato’ Wong Siew Hai, Chairman, Malaysian American Electronics Industry
10.20pm  Q & A session
10.30pm  Adjournment & Refreshment

For public interest, Penang Institute completed an independent study on TPPA in January 2016 and the reports are available at

As seats are limited, please register your interest below.
For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at 04- 228 3306 or email to

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