Trans-Pacific trade negotiations ‘on track’

Chris Zappone
The Age

The latest round of negotiations in the ambitious nine-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement concluded in Melbourne this week, with members suggesting the deal was on track ahead of the year-end goal for completion.

Australia’s chief negotiator Hamish McCormick refused to offer a date for its completion but said that the 11th round of talks brought substantial progress in the areas of regulatory adherence, the deepening of regional supply chains and the promotion of development.

“We have made further strong headway over the past nine days,” said Mr McCormick. “With the progress we’ve made this week and the plans for the future, we believe TPP negotiations remain on track to conclude negotiations of the comprehensive 21st century agreement.”

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