Trade expert Peter Clark was in Lahaina, Hawaii, for the recent talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. As the clock ticks toward the ‘deadline’ for an agreement and as pressure to conclude a deal continues, he is continuing to provide updates on the state of negotiations.
The extreme secrecy of the Trans‑Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations has generated much criticism from those on the outside trying to look in. Post Maui has been a busy week for TPP negotiators. Early assessments of work to be done have been scrapped. A USTR briefing to Congress has provided an unprecedented glimpse at how much remains undone.