TPP talks set to resume in Atlanta

By Daniel Enoch

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 - Chief negotiators for the U.S. and 11 other countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are scheduled to continue their talks in Atlanta on Sept. 26 followed by a meeting of the nations' trade ministers.

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The most recent talks in the five-year-old negotiations to establish a free-trade zone among Pacific Rim nations wrapped up in Hawaii in late July with several agricultural issues unresolved. They include U.S. demands for greater access to markets in Japan and to Canada's dairy market. Australia is also pushing for an increase in its sugar exports to the U.S.

Following the talks in Hawaii, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman described the session as “productive” and said there were “only a handful of issues that needed further work.”

Froman's office said TPP chief negotiators will meet in Atlanta from Sept. 26-29 and that trade ministers will gather from Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

In addition to the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia, the other TPP nations are Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru and Vietnam.

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