[ Daily News| October 17, 2016 | Inside US Trade]
Ambassadors from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries this week pledged to accelerate their efforts to ensure the agreement is passed during a lame-duck session of Congress and reiterated the importance of the United States to the global trading system and its TPP partners.
Ambassadors to the U.S. from Mexico, Singapore and Vietnam spoke at an Oct. 17 luncheon hosted by the National Foreign Trade Council's Global Innovation Forum and New Zealand's ambassador to the U.S., Tim Groser.
“We are fully engaged in this and we will be accelerating our efforts,” Groser said of the foreign officials' plan to make the case for a vote this year.
“Obviously we're trying to work out what the timetable will be – that is itself a little opaque at this point – but you can take it for real that we will be accelerating our process,” he added.