The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today officially announced the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Maui, Hawaii, but steered clear of calling it the conclusive meeting that could wrap up more than five years of negotiations.
“Since they last met in May, trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries have been working continuously. As a result, we have made considerable progress in closing gaps on remaining issues, and we continue to work intensively to address specific issues bilaterally. The upcoming ministerial provides an important opportunity to build on this progress as we work to conclude the negotiation,” the agency said in a statement.
TPP trade ministers will meet July 28-31, but their gathering will be preceded by a July 24-27 meeting of top negotiators from each country, according to the announcement.