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Mexico, Canada Invited To Join TPP

The nine partner countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations have invited Mexico and Canada to join the negotiations, pending the successful conclusion of domestic procedures.

TPP member countries currently include the United States as well as Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

"We are delighted to invite Mexico, our neighbor and second largest export market, to join the TPP negotiations," said U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Ron Kirk, referring to the invitation extended to Mexico. "Mexico's interest in the TPP reflects its recognition that the TPP represents the most promising pathway to boosting trade across the Asia Pacific and to encouraging regional trade integration. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders as we move forward."

Referring to the invitation extended to Canada, Kirk said: "Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders regarding Canada's entry into the TPP as we move closer to a broad-based, high-standard trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region."

After the Obama administration notifies Congress of its intention to bring Mexico and Canada into the TPP negotiations, there will be a 90-day period of consultation with Congress covering U.S. negotiating goals in regards to each of the two countries. USTR will also seek public comments.

The 12th round of negotiations among the current TPP partners concluded in May 2012, and the 13th round will be held July 2-10 in San Diego.

June 19, 2012