Saturday, 11 November 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal talks move forward despite Canada wobble

Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed a new framework to revive the proposed trade deal, following the US withdrawal earlier this year.

Meeting on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Vietnam, the remaining eleven nations released a joint statement saying they were committed to free and open trade.

Canada had been accused of stalling.

However its trade minister said good progress has now been made.

François-Philippe Champagne also denied that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had deliberately skipped a leaders' meeting on the TPP on Friday and blamed his no-show on a scheduling mix-up.
"There was never an intention not to show up at any meeting," he said.

BBC        News.