The New Zealand round of ACTA negotiations concluded earlier today with participants promising to release the draft text next week. This obviously represents a major new development that reflects the mounting global pressure for greater transparency that built in the weeks leading up to the negotiations. The joint statement also confirms that the next round of negotiations will take place in Switzerland in June and restates positions that have been repeated in consultations such as no mandatory three strikes (see here for why concerns remain), no iPod searches at the border (still a concern given the de minimis language), and compliance with fundamental rights (privacy concerns remain).
Since the text has already been leaked, the importance of the official release arises less from revealing what is in ACTA and more from showing how much progress has been made (the joint statement indicates "good progress"). Moreover, the released text (coming April 21st) will not attribute positions to specific countries, something that is available in the leaked text. With the official draft text released, government officials will now be able to answer specific questions about the text. Many previously declined to do so on the grounds that they would not address questions arising from unofficial or leaked documents.