Progress on Some Issues, Less on Others in Latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks
(World Trade Interactive)
In its final assessment of the eighth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations held in Chicago last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said many issues saw significant advances while progress on others was slow. USTR said there are now consolidated texts in most of the 20 chapters being negotiated and that many of them are “moving toward closure,” including customs, technical barriers to trade, telecommunications, small and medium-sized enterprises, regulatory coherence, competitiveness and development. Work also moved ahead on texts for “somewhat longer and more complex chapters,” such as intellectual property rights and investment. Read more here.
Date: September 19, 2011