Not just a negotiating round, Brunei may host TPP ministerial meeting


When the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators gather for the nineteenth and potentially final round of talks later this month in Brunei, the ministers to whom they answer may be nearby.

According to an article published in the Japan Times on Monday, the government of Brunei has put forward a proposal to bring together ministers from the 12 participating countries in order to continue the push for a 2013 conclusion.

The proposal is for the ministers to meet on August 22 and 23 in Bandar Seri Begawan — the Bruneian capital — convenient for those who will already be attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economic ministers’ meetings being held there from August 20 to 24.