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Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Update: Day Four

03/18/2010 - 11:28am

U.S. negotiators completed the fourth day of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations today in Melbourne, Australia. They exchanged views with their TPP counterparts on a wide range of issues, including labor, investment, textiles and apparel, e-commerce, and competition issues, and trade capacity building. At the same time, lead negotiators held robust discussions on the cross-cutting issues that the TPP countries have agreed to consider as they seek to shape a 21st-century agreement. Among these issues are regulatory coherence, transparency, promotion of competitiveness, increasing the participation of small- and medium-sized businesses in trade, and development.