Ministers from 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are returning to the negotiating table — this time in Atlanta –barely a month after the meltdown at Maui. The negotiations are still not ripe for harvest. But the drivers of monthly ministerial meetings have no fear of failure. They are good at it.
The San Francisco Quad meeting (Canada, Mexico, Japan and the US) on automotive rules of origin was supposed to set the stage for a successful Ministerial meeting. It has not.
There’s an important truism in trade talks: the deal is never as close as it appears to those desperate for closure.
Read more here: http://ipolitics.ca/2015/09/26/tpp-gone-with-the-wind/