Ministers from Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore joined U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab in New York today to announce negotiations for the United States to join the comprehensive Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. From the USTR:
In their discussions, the Ministers emphasized the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as a vehicle for Trans-Pacific-wide economic integration. This regional agreement sets a high standard that will enhance the competitiveness of the countries that are part of it and help facilitate trade and promote investment between them, increasing their economic growth and development. The Trans-Pacific Partners welcomed the addition of the United States as a significant step forward in advancing this goal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership members also noted that discussions are underway with other countries that have expressed interest in potentially joining the Agreement.
Ambassador’s Schwab statement is here.
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