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Canada to Visit TPP Countries in Bid to Join Trade Talks

April 11, 2012

Canada’s Trade Minister Ed Fast will visit the nine nations negotiating the Pacific trade accord to garner support for its bid to join the talks.

Canada “brings a high level of ambition to the negotiating table and will be a valuable asset” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, Fast said at a news conference in Lima.

Already participating are the U.S., Australia, Chile, Peru and Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Brunei. Those nations would need to reach consensus on any new members joining the talks. Peru supports for Canada’s participation in the talks, said Fast, who was accompanied by Peruvian Trade Minister Jose Silva. Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei support Canada taking part, Fast said in a Feb. 17 interview.

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