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Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Update: Day Three

03/17/2010 - 10:17am

USTR negotiators completed their third day of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations today. Ten negotiating groups met, including industrial goods, agriculture, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, telecommunications, financial services, customs, rules of origin, government procurement, environment, and trade capacity building. TPP negotiators agreed to draft concept papers, exchange information, and undertake other work ahead of the second TPP negotiating round in June as part of their efforts to begin shaping a framework for the negotiation. In addition, U.S. negotiators met with representatives of Australian labor unions and major business associations to hear the views of Australian civil society on trade and labor issues and to consult on Australian labor law and practices.