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Implementing Arrangement

Strategic Partnership

The purpose of this Implementing Arrangement is to guide the implementation

of the Strategic Partnership Chapter in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. This Implementing Arrangement outlines the initial focus for the Parties efforts and initiatives under Chapter 16 (Strategic Partnership).

The contact point of each Party will facilitate communication on these cooperation activities, and the Commission will review this list periodically.


(a) Encourage policy dialogue on trade and economic issues and experiences in the Asia-Pacific region;

(b) Fostering contacts between sector associations in each country;

(c) Encourage traders from Parties to the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement to access each other’s trading networks for goods and services flowing into the Asia-Pacific region, and likewise for goods and services flowing out of this region into South America;

(d) Explore partnerships with companies in Parties for business opportunities in non-Parties, such as China;

(e) Share experience on development of e-commerce.

Research, Science and Technology

(a) Encourage exchange of information on general R&D policies;

(b) Fostering research and scientific networks in the areas of geosciences, fisheries research, climate change, biotechnology and materials sciences, including nanotechnology and biomaterials.


(a) Explore potential for collaborative work in curriculum development including curriculum materials;

(b) Share experiences on the use of information technology in education, including education portals;

(c) Share opportunities for professional/executive training and encourage possible joint programmes between institutions;


(d) Share experiences on language training and encourage collaborative programmes for professional development and training of language teachers, including exchanges of language teachers (English/Spanish/Chinese);

(e) Share information on opportunities available to post graduate students in each other’s countries in areas of mutual interest to each of the Parties.


(a) Encourage dialogue on cultural policies and promotion of local culture;

(b) Encourage exchange of cultural events and promote awareness of artistic works;

(c) Encourage exchange of experience in conservation and restoration

of national heritage;

(d) Encourage exchange of experience on management for the arts;

(e) Encourage cooperation in the audio-visual sector, such as through training programmes in the audio-visual sector and means of communication, exchanges of views and information, and co- production, training, development and distribution activities.

Primary Industry

(a) Share experience and identify possible joint research in:

(i) Sustainable agricultural and fisheries practices;

(ii) Bio-security (including quarantine and pest management); and

(iii) Post harvest technologies in horticulture, including transportation and storage.

(b) Encourage cooperation in the appropriate international forums on matters relating to good agricultural practices;

(c) Collaborate to remove barriers to trade in third markets for forestry, including world-wide recognition of plantation forestry, while protecting native forests for conservation purposes;

(d) Collaborate to remove barriers impeding international agricultural and fisheries market access;

(e) Encouraging the exchange of experiences in the area of food safety;


(f) Encourage contact between fisheries management agencies and research institutes in each country.


(a) Support policy dialogue and exchange of experience on state sector reform, civil service organisations and e-government;

(b) Promoting exchange programmes for young people between the

Parties such as through working holiday schemes;

(c) Encourage the exchange of information on development of projects and programmes on tourism, such as agri-tourism and special interests tourism.