Despite protests in Malaysia, US eyes closing TPPA deal by month-end

Despite protests in Malaysia, US eyes closing TPPA deal by month-end

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo showing anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) protesters rallying outside Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on July 16, 2013 to urge Malaysia to postpone its participation in the trade deal. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — The United States is working closely with Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia in hopes of closing the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) this month-end at a meeting in Hawaii, US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an interview published today.

In the video interview published on Channel NewsAsia, Froman said the goal was to “get it done as soon as possible” although he added ultimately, the negotiations will determine the time table.

“But I think all the countries around the table are keenly focused on getting this done. Read more