President Obama on Wednesday (Sept. 16) said that he is confident the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be concluded before the end of this year and that he expects TPP ministers to meet in the next several weeks.
[Reposted from Inside US Trade | September 16,2015]
“I am confident that we can get it done, and I believe we can get it done this year,” Obama said at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable (BRT) in Washington. “The trade ministers should be meeting again some time in the next several weeks -- they have the opportunity to close the deal.”
Obama's comments echoed Deputy National Security Adviser Caroline Atkinson, who on Sept. 9 said she expected the TPP negotiations would be concluded “in the next several weeks.”
Obama's comments come as informed sources say TPP countries are considering a proposal to hold their next ministerial meeting in the United States during the last week of September.
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