NZ and Ja­pan want TPPA in force next year

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - VERNON SMALL IN TOKYO

New Zealand and Ja­pan have recom­mit­ted to push­ing for an early im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (TPP) that if suc­cess­ful would see the 11-na­tion trade pact - mi­nus the United States - come into force next year.

Speak­ing after meet­ing his coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wed­nes­day, Prime Min­is­ter Bill English said he was pleased with the out­come of the talks

‘‘I think we got bet­ter than I’d ex­pected. Prime Min­is­ter Abe is com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing TPP on the timetable it’s on - they call it early im­ple­men­ta­tion.’’

‘‘He’s keen to see, as we are, the next of­fi­cials dis­cus­sion next week to work on a plan im­ple­men­ta­tion.’’

English said Abe clearly saw Ja­pan play­ing a lead­er­ship role and it was stand­ing to­gether with New Zealand in try­ing to gen­er­ate ‘‘mo­men­tum’’ and have oth­ers back im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Only Ja­pan and New Zealand have so far rat­i­fied the TPP, but oth­ers such as Singapore and for Brunei are seen as keen to see the TPP go ahead soon.

How­ever oth­ers, in­clud­ing Viet­nam, have reser­va­tions and some want a sig­nif­i­cant rene­go­ti­a­tion of the text now the US had quit.

English said on the timetable built into the TPP it was sup­posed to come into ac­tion in the first half of next year.

GE­ORGE HEARD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Thou­sands of people marched in protest of the TPPA through­out New Zealand early last year.

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