PM John Key says the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations could be wrapped up in the next six months and put in front of the various parliaments of the 12 nations spanning the Asia Pacific. Speaking at his post-Cabinet press conference in Wellington, Key said he discussed the progress of the talks with US Trade Representative Mike Froman while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and that there was growing optimism a deal would be completed and could be put in front of legislatures to debate this year. “There seems to be strong feeling that a successful TPP could be negotiated in the first half of this year,” Key said. “There was more confidence the TPP will be concluded than the US Europe FTA and the view expressed to me by Mike Froman was that they really felt they were getting quite close.”
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