TPP Talks Slated For Oct. 25 As Nations Scramble For Deal

By Alex Lawson (October 2, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT) -- The Australian government announced Thursday that it will host a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade ministers this month to tackle outstanding provisions on intellectual property, agricultural market access, state-owned enterprises and other areas as negotiators race to close major parts of the pact by year's end.

Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb announced that the three-day session would take place in Sydney beginning Oct. 25, expressing optimism that the 12 TPP partners can seal the "basic elements of the agreement" before the end of the year.

"After more than four years of intense negotiations the conclusion of the world's largest...

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