By : BEN OTTO
BORACAY, Philippines—Chile says negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are at the final stage, and the passage of a major legislation in the U.S. Friday moves negotiators a step closer to holding concluding meetings.
“We are in the last stage of TPP negotiations,” Chile’s Deputy Trade Minister Andres Rebolledo, who is representing Chile in negotiations for the trade pact, told The Wall Street Journal on Saturday.
Mr. Rebolledo, speaking on the sidelines of a regular meeting of Asia-Pacific trade ministers, said the U.S. Senate’s approval of the so-called fast track legislation removes a key hurdle to holding final TPP discussions, and that discussions about the timetable for final talks could take place this weekend.
If the fast-track legislation, which gives the president powers of trade promotion authority, or TPA, gains approval from legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. President Barack Obamawould have the power to propose trade pacts to Congress that legislators could reject or accept, but not amend.
“There are many countries participating in TPP that have said it’s important to have on the table all the elements and the entire context to make the last deal,” Mr. Rebolledo said.
“That is going to come only in the moment that [U.S. legislators] approve TPA not only in the Senate but also in the House.”
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