Inside US Trade: TPP Legal Scrub Meeting In Mexico, ASEAN Trade Ministerial Starts

August 31, 2015


Amid an apparent lull in the negotiations, officials from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will gather this week in Mexico to continue the legal scrub of provisions of the deal that have already been agreed, marking the highlight of a work week in U.S. trade policy that will be otherwise quiet due to the congressional recess and summer vacations.

[Reposted from Inside US Trade  |  August 17, 2015]

But the trade action will begin picking up this weekend, when economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their key trading partners begin meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

The meeting, which lasts from Aug. 22-25, could provide an opportunity for key TPP countries to meet bilaterally or in small groups to resolve key outstanding issues such as the automotive rule of origin and dairy market access.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Assistant USTR Barbara Weisel, the chief U.S. negotiator for TPP, will attend a portion of the ASEAN economic ministers meeting, according to the July edition of U.S.-ASEAN Business Council newsletter. USTR officials have no public events this week, according to an agency schedule.

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