Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Continue in Washington, D.C.

Advancing Canada’s interests is the Harper government’s top priority, Minister says

September 19, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada will participate in several meetings related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, including a meeting of senior TPP negotiators in Washington, D.C., this week.

“Our government is committed to helping our exporters expand and succeed in large, dynamic and fast-growing markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and that’s why we continue to play a constructive role in moving the TPP negotiations forward,” said Minister Fast. “I’ve instructed Canadian officials to continue to advance Canada’s key interests at the table so that we are able to reach an agreement that brings clear benefits to Canadian workers and families.”

Next week, Canada will host a technical, issue-specific meeting on rules of origin in Ottawa.

Twelve countries are currently participating in the TPP negotiations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The TPP countries represent a market of more than 792 million people and a combined GDP of $27.5 trillion—more than 38 percent of the world’s economy.

For more information, please visit Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Negotiations.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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