The leaders of the 12 TPP countries met at a meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Summit. After the meeting, NZ Prime Minister John Key told reporters New Zealand has offered to host the formal TPP signing ceremony, which is likely to take place in the first half of 2016. The signing would be attended by the TPP ministers.
The meeting, hosted by US President Barack Obama, was the first time the leaders have been in one room since the agreement was concluded in Atlanta last month, following five years of tough negotiations.
“We were able to complete the negotiations thanks to the commitment of the leaders here,” Mr Obama said.
Vietnam’s President, Truong Tan Sang, requested the members to further strengthen co-operation on the basis of mutual respect as well as offer technical assistance for capacity building to help developing countries implement their commitments and ensure the people of developing countries benefit from the TPP.
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