ADMINISTRATIVE AND INSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS
Article 27.1: Establishment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission
The Parties hereby establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission (Commission), composed of government representatives of each Party at the level of Ministers or senior officials. Each Party shall be responsible for the composition of its delegation.
Article 27.2: Functions of the Commission
1. The Commission shall:
(a) consider any matter relating to the implementation or operation of this Agreement;
(b) review, within three years of the date of entry into force of this Agreement and at least every five years thereafter, the economic relationship and partnership among the Parties;
(c) consider any proposal to amend or modify this Agreement;
(d) supervise the work of all committees, working groups and any other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement;
(e) consider ways to further enhance trade and investment between the
(f) establish the Rules of Procedure referred to in Article 28.13 (Rules of Procedure for Panels), and, where appropriate, amend those Rules;
(g) review the roster of panel chairs established under Article 28.11 (Roster of Panel Chairs and Party Specific Lists) every three years and, when appropriate, constitute a new roster; and
(h) determine whether this Agreement may enter into force for an original signatory notifying pursuant to Article 30.5.4 (Entry into Force).
2. The Commission may:
(a) establish, refer matters to, or consider matters raised by, any ad hoc
or standing committee, working group or any other subsidiary body;
(b) merge or dissolve any committees, working groups or other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement in order to improve the functioning of this Agreement;
(c) consider and adopt, subject to completion of any necessary legal procedures by each Party, a modification to this Agreement of 1:
(i) the Schedules to Annex 2-D (Tariff Commitments), by accelerating tariff elimination;
(ii) the rules of origin established in Annex 3-D (Product- Specific Rules of Origin) and Annex 4-A (Textiles and Apparel Product-Specific Rules of Origin); or
(iii) the lists of entities, covered goods and services, and thresholds contained in each Party’s Annex to Chapter 15 (Government Procurement);
(d) develop arrangements for implementing this Agreement;
(e) seek to resolve differences or disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or application of this Agreement;
(f) issue interpretations of the provisions of this Agreement;
(g) seek the advice of non-governmental persons or groups on any
matter falling within the Commission’s functions; and
(h) take any other action as the Parties may agree.
3. Pursuant to paragraph 1(b), the Commission shall review the operation of this Agreement with a view to updating and enhancing this Agreement, through negotiations, as appropriate, to ensure that the disciplines contained in this Agreement remain relevant to the trade and investment issues and challenges confronting the Parties.
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