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Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News)
October 26, 2010

On Oct. 24, the Japanese prime minister and his cabinet ministers discussed whether Japan should attempt to join the negotiations to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, but did not reach any final conclusions on that point, sources this week said.


(Daily News)
October 22, 2010

The Japanese prime minister, his chief cabinet secretary and all of Japan's cabinet ministers are slated to hold an internal meeting on Oct. 24 that will largely focus on whether Japan should seek to join the negotiations to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, according to a Japanese official.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 22, 2010
The United States and other countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations told Canadian officials earlier this month that Canada is still not in a position where it could join the talks, despite months of consultations between Canada and current TPP members and Canada's clear interest in joining, sources said this week.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 22, 2010
Countries participating in talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have agreed to submit goods market access offers by Jan. 17, in between the fourth and fifth formal negotiating rounds, sources said. There is still no date for the exchange of services market access offers, one source said.
(Text Document)
October 08, 2010

(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 08, 2010
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week formally notified Congress that Malaysia is joining the talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and Malaysia is participating in negotiations taking place this week in Brunei, according to a USTR press release.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 08, 2010
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appears interested in pressing other countries participating in talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to create central, coordinating bodies for regulatory processes within their respective governments as one way to advance the cause of "regulatory coherence," sources said.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 08, 2010
The Japanese government is conducting high-level consultations on whether to join the ongoing talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as part of a comprehensive review on whether Japan should pursue new free trade agreements, sources said this week.
(Daily News)
September 28, 2010

Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed last week said that he believes it is critically important that Malaysia join the talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the near term, in part because it will be easier to help shape the agenda at an early stage.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 24, 2010
One consequence of the U.S. preference for negotiating bilaterally with countries on the topic of goods market access within the talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is that U.S. importers may have to use special "marking rules" to determine the appropriate tariff facing a good qualifying for TPP benefits, sources said.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 24, 2010
Negotiators in talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have reached a procedural understanding on how to move forward with market access negotiations on goods, but some sources this week said that this understanding appears to leave unanswered many key questions.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 24, 2010
U.S. business groups supporting Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement talks are urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to create a separate TPP chapter to deal with regulatory coherence, and also want negotiators to come to the table with specific regulatory improvements they are prepared to make in different sectors.
(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 24, 2010
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will table a bracketed services text and a text on the protection of intellectual property rights when it meets in Brunei early next month with other countries participating in talks to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement for a third formal negotiating round, sources said.

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